Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Trump Threatens Federal Investigations of His Political Opponents if He Retakes the White House; Trump’s Plans if He Returns to the White House Include Deportation Raids, Tariffs and Mass Firings

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Trump threatens federal investigations of his political opponents if he retakes the White House:
Former President Donald Trump hinted that if he gets reelected he would use the government to investigate his political opponents the same way the Biden Justice Department went after him.
“If they do this, and they’ve already done it, but if they follow through on this, yeah, it could certainly happen in reverse. It could certainly happen in reverse,” Mr. Trump said in an interview with Univision that aired Thursday. “What they’ve done is they’ve released the genie out of the box. You understand that, they’ve done something that nobody thought would happen.”
He said the “pathetic” indictments against him were brought so that the Biden administration could win an election. He also said the administration has “weaponized” the Department of Justice and the FBI.
“They’ve done indictments in order to win an election. They call it weaponization, and the people aren’t going to stand for it,” he said. “If I happen to be president and I see somebody who’s doing well and beating me very badly, I say, ‘Go down and indict them.’ Mostly what that would be, you know, they would be out of business. They’d be out, they’d be out of the election.”
The former president has been indicted in four separate cases this year, both federal and state. The Justice Department has charged him in Florida for mishandling classified documents and in Washington for his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. --->READ MORE HERE
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Trump’s plans if he returns to the White House include deportation raids, tariffs and mass firings:
A mass deportation operation. A new Muslim ban. Tariffs on all imported goods and “freedom cities” built on federal land.
Much of the 2024 presidential campaign has been dominated by the myriad investigations into former President Donald Trump and the subsequent charges against him. But with less than a year until Election Day, Trump is dominating the race for the Republican nomination and has already laid out a sweeping set of policy goals should he win a second term.
His ideas, and even the issues he focuses on most, are wildly different from President Joe Biden‘s proposals. If implemented, Trump‘s plans would represent a dramatic government overhaul arguably more consequential than that of his first term. His presidency, especially the early days, was marked by chaos, infighting and a wave of hastily written executive orders that were quickly overturned by the courts.
Some of his current ideas would probably end up in court or impeded by Congress. But Trump‘s campaign and allied groups are assembling policy books with detailed plans.
A look at his agenda:
Trump would try to strip tens of thousands of career employees of their civil service protections. That way, they could be fired as he seeks to “totally obliterate the deep state.”
He would try to accomplish that by reissuing a 2020 executive order known as “Schedule F.” That would allow him to reclassify masses of employees, with a particular focus, he has said, on “corrupt bureaucrats who have weaponized our justice system” and “corrupt actors in our national security and intelligence apparatus.” Given his anger at the FBI and federal prosecutors pursuing criminal cases against him, Trump probably would target people linked to those prosecutions for retribution.
Beyond the firings, he wants to crack down on government officials who leak to reporters. He also wants to require that federal employees pass a new civil service test.
Trump has pledged to “immediately stop the invasion of our southern border” and end illegal immigration. --->READ MORE HERE
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