Headline RoundupJuly 26th, 2022

Trump Promotes Crime Reform in First DC Speech Since Leaving White House

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday gave his first speech in Washington, D.C. since President Joe Biden was sworn into office.

In a speech delivered at the America First Policy Institute’s two-day summit, Trump primarily focused on public safety issues and crime reform. He advocated for the death penalty as punishment for convicted drug dealers, claiming that "you’ll save 500 lives" by executing a drug dealer. Trump suggested police squad cars should be parked on "every corner" of American streets that "are riddled with needles and soaked with the blood of innocent victims."

Other ideas that the former president promoted included moving homeless people out of cities, reinstating stop-and-frisk policies and terminating policies that promote the "sexualization of minor children." Trump also claimed that he "ran a second time" and "did much better," labeling the 2020 election a "catastrophe" and "disgrace to our country." He continued to tease his 2024 presidential run and told the crowd that "we may just have to do it again." 

Left-rated coverage focused more on how Trump repeated his "false election claims" that led up to the "Jan. 6 insurrection" and "praised" the policies of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Right-rated outlets were more likely to label Trump's appearance as a "homecoming of sorts" and accentuated that the Biden administration's "lax criminal-justice policies" has led to "surging violent crime rates in nearly every major American city."

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