Donald Trump suggested convicted drug dealers should get the death penalty during a somber-toned speech in Las Vegas on Friday night.
He also said his former lawyer Rudy Giuliani is in the hospital with a ‘heart problem’ just days after being subpoenaed in Georgia prosecutors’ election fraud investigation in Fulton County.
The former New York City mayor is ‘getting well,’ Trump said, adding: ‘Can you believe it? What they put Rudy through.’
However, Giuliani’s lawyer later told NBC that he was already out of the hospital after receiving heart stents earlier this week.
Speaking with his hands clenched firming on the podium, the ex-president called the United States a ‘failing nation,’ citing rising crime rates in big cities and a surge of migrants at the southern border.
He also painted a dark picture of violence in US cities, claiming ‘elderly women are being raped’ and children are being wantonly slaughtered in an unusually grim tone.
‘To put it simply, we are a nation in decline. We are a failing nation,’ Trump said.
He claimed the country was gripped by a ‘deadly wave of lawlessness and chaos.’
‘Our country has been knocked to its knees, humiliated before the world, yet we presume to lecture other people in other countries on their democracies,’ Trump said.
He followed with a statement that appeared at first to tease a 2024 bid.
‘So this is a little controversial. And I will either get a standing ovation – and I don’t care about the ovation, I care about the country – or people are going to walk out of the room for what I’m about to say. But it’s time finally to say it,’ the former president said.
‘If you look at countries through all throughout the world…The only ones that don’t have a drug problem are those that institute the death penalty for drug dealers.’
The former president gave an unusually dark speech where he described ‘blood’ flowing in the streets of Democrat-run cities
Former President Trump is speaking at Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas
He added, ‘They’re the only ones they don’t have any problem.’
‘We just want to have, it’s very simple, a great country again. And we have to have a safe country.’
Describing what he believes is the toll of rising crime in unusually dark detail, Trump claimed Democrat-run cities were full of rape and murder crimes. He was also quick to blame President Joe Biden’s policies for fueling the wave of violence.
‘The blood of these victims is almost exclusively in these Democrat strongholds. Babies are being killed, elderly women are being shot in the face and being raped,’ Trump said.
‘Elderly women are being raped. Children are being knife stabbed and disfigured. As a candidate, Joe Biden helped led his party’s vile campaign against our police officers ,and then he carried the rioters’ agenda straight into the White House.’
He said Biden’s recent executive order increasing police accountability – including banning chokeholds, restricting no-knock warrants, among other measures – was ‘defunding police departments.’
Trump accused Biden of having ‘staffed his administration with an army of anti-police radicals,’ despite voices to the president’s left insisting his closest advisers may be too moderate on the issue.
He also used the crime wave concerns to launch yet another presidential tease.
Trump said his former lawyer Rudy Giuliani is in the hospital with a ‘heart problem’ days after he was subpoenaed by Georgia prosecutors in their ongoing election fraud probe
‘Job number one for a new Republican Congress will be to stop this extreme agenda right in its tracks. We want law and order,’ Trump said.
‘And then we need to elect a Republican president in 2024 to bring Joe Biden’s reign of lawlessness to an end.’
A recent report suggested that violent crime is increasing at an alarming rate compared to last year.
Six major cities – Los Angeles, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Atlanta, New York City, and Washington, DC – are all set to outpace their 2021 violent crime rates despite being just over halfway through the year, according to Fox News.
During the speech Trump once again took aim at New York Attorney General Letitia James, a frequent political foe of his since the Democrat official launched an investigation into his family’s real estate empire in 2019.
He and his two eldest children, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., have agreed to testify in James’ civil probe into whether the Trump Organization committed financial fraud by misrepresenting the value of its assets. Their deposition date is scheduled for next Friday, July 15.
Trump suggested James’ investigation was a violation of his civil rights in the Friday night speech.
‘We have to dismantle every single street gang, cartel, and violent criminal organization operating in America,’ Trump told his supporters. Prosecutors, no easy job, have to go after these violent criminals and really mean it.’
‘In many cases, however, racist prosecutors should also be vigorously investigated for their brazen violation of federal civil rights laws.’
New York Attorney General Letitia James has been investigating the Trump Organization since 2019. She subpoenaed Donald Trump and his two eldest children late last year
Hitting James directly, he said: ‘It’s happening to me, with a racist Attorney General in New York, who campaigned solely on the fact that she would get Donald Trump’
‘I said, who is this woman? Is she crazy? A little bit. No, a lot,’ he added as the crowd laughed.
Trump opened his rally with a video montage that began with clips that falsely suggested defunding the police is a goal for mainstream national Democrats.
It ends with hopeful, cinematic music and Trump promising: ‘We will succeed.’
But his rally appearance got off to an awkward start as the former president began with a tribute to recently assassinated ex-Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe – but was drowned out by his intro song, Lee Greenwood’s ‘God Bless the USA.’
Republicans see Nevada as rife with vulnerable blue seats that they can flip in the upcoming midterms.
Trump is in Las Vegas to campaign for Adam Laxalt, the former Nevada Attorney General who’s now running to unseat Democrat Senator Catherine Cortez Masto in November.
He’s also stumping for Nevada gubernatorial candidate Joe Lombardo. Lombardo, sheriff of Clark County, clinched the Republican nomination with Trump’s backing and is now set to face incumbent Democrat governor Steve Sisolak.
Both races are considered toss-ups. Lombardo is narrowly trailing Sisolak by just over two points in FiveThirtyEight’s polling average.
A Change Research poll from late June shows Cortez Masto holding onto a small three-percent lead.
Trump is immediately following his Las Vegas speech with a Save America rally in Alaska on Saturday.
It’s the former president’s first of two back-to-back rallies this weekend. He is speaking in Alaska on Saturday
Republican Nevada Senate candidate Adam Laxalt (3L) speaks on a panel discussion at a “America First Agenda” rally where former US President Donald Trump is slated to speak in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 8
Trump previously made remarks at a tele-rally for Laxalt, Nevada’s former Attorney General (pictured shaking hands with Trump)
There, the ex-president is whipping up support for Republican Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka and House candidate Sarah Palin, Alaska’s former governor and a one-time vice presidential nominee.
While Palin is running to fill the seat of late longtime Rep. Don Young, who died this year, Tshibaka is looking to take down incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski.
Murkowski is a fellow Republican who infuriated Trump by voting to convict him in his second impeachment trial.
The high-profile primary race will take place on August 16.
Trump’s back-to-back campaign appearances come on the heels of multiple reports that he’s looking to announce another presidential bid soon, as the House of Representatives’ January 6 committee investigation closes in on his current and former allies.
And in yet another hint that the former president wants to run for the White House in 2024, he announced on Wednesday night that his iconic ‘Trump Force One’ plane is back in service after being nearly unused since he took office in 2017.
The Boeing 757 jet was Trump’s favored method of transport during his 2016 presidential campaign.