During a Save America rally in Mendon, Illinois, on Saturday night, former President Donald Trump called out the Democrats for their radical “defund the police” movement and vowed to “restore law and order to our streets.”
Taking aim at the left’s anti-police agenda, Trump pointed to the chaos it has caused on the streets in Democrat-run cities.
“Every day the radical Democrats’ defund the police agenda — and you know they have not stopped — it’s just not stopped,” the former president told the crowd. “They’re trying to stop because now some of them — the smarter ones — are realizing that’s not good politics.”
“But it’s not true, because what they’re doing is… they want to defund the police,” Trump added. “They want to get rid of police forces in major cities. It would be devastation. And it’s getting innocent and great Americans killed right here in Illinois.”
The former president went on to discuss the continuing gun violence in Chicago, a city with some of the most restrictive gun-control laws in the country.
“Chicago has turned into total bedlam,” Trump said, citing the murders of young children who have been caught in the crossfire of the city’s deadly gun violence while denouncing Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D).
“Crime has gone through the roof in Chicago and in certain parts of your state,” he added. “Your governor has done a horrible, horrible job. Already this year there have been over — listen to this; this is not even believable — already this year, there have been over 24,000 crimes in Chicago alone: 24,000! How would that be possible?”
Chicago isn’t the only city suffering from a violent crime epidemic, Trump noted, as Democrat-run cities across the country have seen a rise in crime.
“All over the country, this crime… in Democrat-run cities,” he said. “Here’s an idea: Instead of targeting Republicans, conservatives, Christians, and patriotic parents, the Biden administration should try going in and dismantling the Crips, the Bloods, MS-13. How about BLM? How about Antifa, and the other savage street gangs who are turning our communities into war zones?”
Trump also called out the Democrats for pushing gun control and attacking the Second Amendment, as the left continues to try to disarm law-abiding Americans rather than focusing on finding a way to take guns out of the hands of violent criminals.
“It’s as if we lived in a Third-World nation,” he said. “This is not our country. What’s happening, all Democrat-run cities. Literally, you have hundreds of people a month being shot.”
“And instead of taking guns away from law-abiding Americans, we should try taking them away from the gangs, the cartels, and the violent criminals for a change,” Trump continued.
The former president went on to condemn the Democrats’ efforts to make it more difficult for police to do their jobs.
“We will stop the crime wave in Democrat-run cities,” Trump said. “We will give our police the power they need and the respect they deserve and let them do their job the only way they know how to do it.”
“And we will not take legal protection away from them,” he added. “You know, the new thing is first to fund the police.”