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President Donald Trump officially announced that he is running for the 2024 Republican nomination for president.
Trump officially released his “national greatness agenda” which includes several new policy proposals, including changes to voting laws, border security, term limits, and a ban on lobbying.
Trump also announced his support for the death penalty for drug dealers, abolishment of critical race theory in schools, ending all COVID-19 mandates, and placing an American flag on Mars.
“In order to make America great and glorious again,” Trump said. “I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States.”
“But just as I promised in 2016, I am your voice,” he continued. “I am your voice. The Washington establishment wants to silence us, but we will not let them do that. What we have built together over the past six years is the greatest movement in history because it is not about politics.”
“It’s about our love for this great country, America, and we’re not going to let it fail,” said Trump.
For voting laws, Trump vows to push for the requirement of voter IDs, same-day voting, and only paper ballots.
For border security, Trump proposes adding more wall to the southern border.
“We built the wall and now we will add to it. Now, we built the wall. We completed the wall, and then we said let’s do more. We did a lot more. As we were doing it, we had an election that came up,” he said. “When they came in, they had three more weeks to complete the additions to the wall, which would’ve been great. But they said ‘No, we’re not going to do that.”
Here’s a look at the rest of his agenda via The Epoch Times:
Term Limits: “To further drain the swamp, I will push for a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on members of Congress,” Trump said. “It’s time.”
In order to implement a constitutional amendment, it would require a majority of lawmakers to agree. The former president is also not the first to suggest term limits.
American Flag on Mars: “We will expand the frontiers of human knowledge and will extend the horizons of human achievement,” he said. “And we will plant our beautiful American flag very soon on the surface of Mars,” the former president pledged.
End All COVID-19 Mandates: Trump stated that he would rescind all of the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates, including ones targeting service members.
“We will abolish every Biden COVID-19 mandate and rehire every patriot who was fired from our military with an apology and full back pay,” Trump said.
The White House’s current COVID-19 rules have triggered a bevy of lawsuits from current and former armed service members. Some have argued that the rules violate their rights to religious freedom.
No Critical Race Theory: The former president said he would cut the Marxist-inspired critical race theory from being used in public school classrooms.
“When I’m in the White House, our schools will cease pushing critical race theory,” Trump said. “I will be the president to finally fix education in America. We were doing great,” he continued.
Death Penalty for Drug Dealers: “We’re going to ask that everyone that sells drug[s], that gets caught selling drugs, to receive the death penalty for their heinous acts because it’s the only way,” Trump said.
Trump was making reference to dealers of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, which has been blamed for hundreds of thousands of overdoses across the United States in recent years.
Ban on Lobbying: Trump said that there should be a lifetime ban on lobbying for former cabinet members and members of Congress as well as a permanent ban on taxpayer funding of campaigns.
“I see what they make when they leave the White House or they leave Congress. They’re paid millions and millions and millions of dollars a year. Now you have to have a ban. We want a ban on members of Congress getting rich by trading stocks with insider information,” Trump said.