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Trump Announcement: Death To Drug Dealers And 'Beautiful American Flag On Mars'

Benzinga · 11/15/2022 23:18

In Donald Trump’s 63-minute speech in which he announced his run for president in 2024, he repeated a series of false claims, exaggerated his achievements, laid bare a basic misunderstanding of American history and politics and spewed vitriol in every direction.

He reiterated the misconception that his famous border wall had stopped the flow of drugs and unauthorized immigration into the United States. Neither is true. But he's got a plan.

Death To Drug Dealers And American Flag on Mars

Among his meandering and often inflammatory comments on crime and immigration, Trump promised to make all drug crimes punishable by death, to eliminate homelessness and to plant “our beautiful American flag on Mars.”

He announced he'd "wage war on the cartels and stop the fentanyl and deadly drugs from killing 200,000 Americans per year" and that he would ask Congress for legislation ensuring that drug dealers and human traffickers...who are responsible for death, carnage and crime" to receive the death penalty.

Not The First Time

At an August MAGA rally in Pennsylvania in support of Republican Senate candidate Dr. Oz (R), who lost to PA's Lt. Governor John Fetterman (D), Trump called for drug dealers to receive the death penalty, despite having pardoned several people convicted of selling drugs before he left office.

"Under Democrat control, the streets of our great cities are drenched in the blood of innocent victims," Trump said, adding that drug dealers were responsible for killing thousands of people every year.

In Trump's call at the time for drug dealers to receive capital punishment, he said that doing so would "reduce drug distribution in our country on day one by 75%" and save millions of lives.