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During a fiery speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Texas, former President Donald Trump blamed the rise in violent crime in American cities.

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“Broken criminals are being released on cashless bail to continue their violent attacks on America,” Trump said. “Whole communities are being torn apart by stabbings, shootings, strangulations, rapes and murders.”

Donald Trump speaks to the CPAC crowd in Dallas, Texas on August 6, 2022.

Donald Trump speaks to the CPAC crowd in Dallas, Texas on August 6, 2022.
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The former president blamed the increase in crime in urban America on Democratic elected officials.

Trump said that the streets of our cities run by the Democratic Party are soaked with the blood of innocent victims. “Gunfights between bloodthirsty street gangs, random killings, groups of wonderful, cute little kids with bullets ripping through them.”

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Trump said injustice along the US-Mexico border is playing a role in the rise in crime.

“The Republican Party should campaign on a clear pledge that they will fight with everything they have to close the border if they are empowered,” he said.

Illegal immigrants pictured on April 1, 2022.  Title 42 is due to expire.

Illegal immigrants pictured on April 1, 2022. Title 42 is due to expire.
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These comments were made while delivering a keynote address at CPAC. Much of the speech focused on the political dysfunction seen under the Democratic Party regime in Washington.

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“School prayer is banned, but drag shows are allowed … You can’t teach the Bible, but you can teach kids that America is evil and that men can get pregnant,” Trump said, adding, “We should abolish the Department of Education if federal bureaucrats are going to push this radicalism.

Donald Trump speaks to the CPAC crowd in Dallas, Texas on August 6, 2022.

Donald Trump speaks to the CPAC crowd in Dallas, Texas on August 6, 2022.
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The comments came shortly after CPAC unveiled its straw poll showing Trump among conservative fringes as the overwhelming favorite for the 2024 GOP nomination. Trump captured nearly 70% of the vote at the conference Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Coming in a distant second at 23.7%.