“The very same Democrat (sic) politicians who stoked riots over a single police-involved killing two years ago are numb to the mounting death toll of their own radical policies,” Trump alleged.
He praised the tough-on-crime approach of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
“When they started knocking down statutes in Washington, DC, and other locations, I watched this in amazement. Lincoln, Jefferson, and Washington, knocking them down. I signed an executive order which stated that anybody who even lightly defaces a federal monument or statue will get to a minimum of 10 years in prison,” he said.
He then went on to say he would have stopped the unrest earlier, but felt he had a “moral obligation” to make Democrats look bad.
“And immediately upon signing it, everything stopped. Did you ever notice that? It all stopped, there was nothing. Didn’t happen. Amazing, isn’t it. I felt I had a political and moral obligation to allow Democrat [sic] mayors and governors to run their cities when it came to crime and riots and even horrible violence. In my own mind, I was allowing the Democrats to show how they would handle the situation and when it got out of control, I got involved, I got our government energized,” he said.
He vowed a massive crackdown on crime if he becomes president again.