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Trump Attacks the “Defund the Police” Movement and Politicians

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Former President Trump said cities struggling with a rise in crime have to “give police back their authority.”

Fox News reporter Lawrence Jones asked Trump, during a Sunday interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that aired Monday on “Fox & Friends,” what he would do to “address the skyrocketing crime that’s going on.” 

Trump, after taking a swipe at the Democratic-controlled cities of Chicago, New York and Los Angeles for their high crime rates, said the answer is to “give the police back their authority.”… (Read more)

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Transcript via Fox News:

LAWRENCE JONES, FOX & FRIENDS ENTERPRISE REPORTER:  Mr. President, thank you so much for agreeing to interview.
 
DONALD TRUMP, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:  Well, thank you.
 
JONES:  Let’s start with crime, right? This — these are the numbers right now. Twenty-twenty — this is from the FBI. Murders are up 24 percent — almost 25 percent.
 
What would you do to address the skyrocketing crime that’s going on? Many of these crimes are happening in local communities.
 
TRUMP:  Yes.
 
JONES:  So what is the agenda on that issue, specifically?
 
TRUMP:  So, as I’ve heard you say, all Democrat states — all — if you look at, as an example, Chicago — Illinois is very bad — but Chicago. Take a look at the numbers. It’s — they had 260 people shot on Fourth of July weekend.
 
New York, through the roof. No more cash bail, no more anything. All they do is go after Republicans.
 
Take a look at Los Angeles — what’s going on in Los Angeles with the crime — and Oakland and Baltimore.
 
What you have to do is you have to give the police back their authority. Now, some people say well, that’s a terrible thing. What’s terrible is in Chicago you have 200 — think of it — 260 people were shot last — 260 people.
 
In Afghanistan, you don’t have 260 people shot. In fact, by the way, in the last year in Afghanistan, we didn’t lose one soldier. And I started the move out and I don’t like what’s happening the way Biden is doing it, either.
 
JONES:  We’ll talk about that.
 
TRUMP:  And we’ll — I’d love to talk to you about it because it’s not good.
 
But we didn’t have a person shot. We didn’t have one soldier killed in Afghanistan for over a year.
 
And you have 260 with many dying in Chicago. And New York is through the roof — the crimes, the shooting — what’s going on in New York. New York is totally out of control.
 
You have to give the police back their authority.

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