Former President Donald Trump has emphasized his record when appealing to voters as he campaigns for the Republican nomination and, ultimately, the 2024 presidential election.
He is seeking to build upon his accomplishments from his first term in office while also acknowledging the new set of challenges facing America. To this end, he has already made several public campaign promises.
1. End Woke Gender Ideology
During his first term, Trump promised to confront the “left-wing gender insanity” imposed on children by radical left-wingers, pledging to end what he termed as “chemical, physical, and emotional mutilation of our youth” on day one in office.
To do so, he vowed to terminate President Joe Biden’s “gender-affirming care,” or hormone therapy, puberty blockers and sex changes for minors. He further committed to instructing all federal agencies to cease any programs that endorse the notion of sex and gender transition at any age.
“I will declare that any hospital or healthcare provider that participates in the chemical or physical mutilation of minor youth will no longer meet federal health and safety standards for Medicaid and Medicare and will be terminated from the program immediately,” he said, emphasizing that he will ask Congress to stop tax dollars from going to places that complete these procedures:
NEW VIDEO: President Trump's Plan to Protect Children from Left-Wing Gender Insanity pic.twitter.com/ibQkVUaA0C
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) January 31, 2023
2. Address Rampant Crime
Trump is proposing to combat rising crime by investing a record amount in hiring, retaining and training police officers. Furthermore, the bill will provide vital liability protections for law enforcement personnel. Trump has also pledged to confront “radical Marxist prosecutors” who have eliminated cash bail and are not prosecuting criminals.
The Department of Justice will be instructed to launch civil rights investigations into radical leftist prosecutors in areas such as Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco to assess whether they have been executing race-based law enforcement practices illegally.
3. Protect Women
In 2023, Trump signed a “Presidential Promise to American Women” from the Concerned Women for America, vowing to “uphold the truth that women are exclusively female.”
“Only women can be pregnant and bear children. Only women can be mothers,” his pledge reads, adding, “Under my Administration, the status and dignity of women and girls will not be compromised in law or policy.”
4. Champion Parental Rights
At the launch of his campaign, Trump made it evident that Biden has “committed to indoctrinating our children, even utilizing the Department of Justice against parents who express dissent”, referencing the controversial letter requested by Education Secretary Miguel Cardona from National School Boards Association (NSBA) representatives, equating concerned guardians to “domestic terrorists.”
“It’s a terrible thing. That’s why it’s so sad what’s happening. When I’m in the White House, schools will cease pushing Critical Race Theory as they were,” promised, reiterating his plan to use federal funding as a means of sanctioning institutions that persist in pursuing woke ideology.
Trump has also stated on the campaign trail that “no teacher should ever be allowed to teach transgender [sic] without parental consent”:
— Real America's Voice (RAV) (@RealAmVoice) April 24, 2022
5. Fire Warmongers and Globalists
Trump has vowed to take on the globalists, determining that “World War III has never been closer than it is right now.”
“We need to clean house of all of the warmongers and America-Last globalists in the Deep State, the Pentagon, the State Department, and the national security industrial complex,” he said in a campaign video, promising to “complete the mission” of restoring peace and cleaning house, should he make it to the White House again:
Over our four years in the White House, we made incredible progress in putting the America-Last contingent aside and bringing the world to peace — and now, we’re going to complete the mission. The State Department, Pentagon, and National Security Establishment will be a very different place by the end of my administration.
In fact, just into my administration it’ll be a very different place, and it’ll get things done just like I did four years ago. We never had it so good. We’ll also stop the lobbyists and the big defense contractors from going in and pushing our senior military and national security officials toward conflict, only to reward them when they retire with lucrative jobs—getting paid millions and millions of dollars.
6. Go After Drug Cartels
President Trump promised to combat drug cartels in a similar manner to how he addressed the Islamic State during his first term. He highlighted the dangers associated with Vice President Biden’s open border policies, referring to them as a “deadly betrayal of our nation.”
When I am president, it will be the policy of the United States to take down the cartels, just as we took down ISIS and the ISIS caliphate, and just as — unlike the situation we’re in today, we had a very, very strong border, the strongest border, in fact, in the history of our country, and drugs were at a low of 45 years. There’s been nothing like what we did, just two years ago.
NEW VIDEO: President Donald J. Trump Announces Plan to Destroy the Drug Cartels pic.twitter.com/ivh4XZpKFi
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) January 5, 2023
7. Protect the Second Amendment
In 2023, Trump said he would “take Biden’s executive order directing the federal government to target the firearms industry, and I will rip it up and throw it out on day one.” He also stated that he would “ask Congress to send a bill to my desk…[for] national concealed carry reciprocity.”
“Just like your driver’s license or your marriage license, your Second Amendment must apply across state lines. It will. We’ll get it done pretty quickly, too,” he promised.