Former President Donald Trump had a special message for the men in the audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday when he laid out his plans to have “baby bonuses” for couples – part of his pitch to take back the White House.
“We support baby boomers and we support baby bonuses for another baby boom, how does that sound? I want a baby boom,” Trump said with a chuckle, “you guys are so lucky out there. You are so lucky, men.’
On Friday, Trump announced he wanted to build up to 10 so-called “cities of freedom,” with flying cars and lots of babies — launching a “quantum leap” agenda as part of his 2024 presidential run.
“We will have a competition to build new freedom cities on the border to give countless Americans another chance at homeownership and the American dream,” Trump said during Saturday’s speech, which lasted nearly an hour and 45 minutes.
“We will not rename our schools and boulevards after communists, but after great American patriots,” he continued. “We will get rid of bad and ugly buildings and return to the magnificent classical style of Western civilization.”
Former President Donald Trump had a special message for the men in the audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday when he outlined his plans to have “baby bonuses” for couples — part of his pitch to take back the White House
Trump on Saturday outlined his plan to have “baby bonuses” for couples who have children as part of his new “freedom cities” pitch, which is part of his bid for the White House in 2024
In a video posted to Truth Socialthe ex-president explained that he would federally own a small percentage of the land and hold a competition for the best ideas, then build as many as 10 “freedom cities” from scratch.
In those cities, there would be “towering monuments to our true American heroes” and “vertical take-off and landing vehicles.” “Just as the United States led the automotive revolution in the last century, I want to make sure that America, not China, leads this revolution in air mobility,” Trump said.
In addition, the cities would be filled with children, with Trump suggesting that the federal government give out “baby bonuses” during his second term to increase reproduction.
He’s been a presidential candidate for three and a half months — though much of his campaign has focused on the past — as he settles old scores and reiterates his previous policy ideas.
Trump’s plan for a “quantum leap in American living standards” draws on his roots as a real estate developer, his career before becoming a reality TV star and politician.
He has previously pitched futuristic ideas such as a missile shield and championed the creation of Space Force during his time in the White House.
“Past generations of Americans pursued big dreams and bold projects that once seemed absolutely impossible. They traversed a troubled continent, building new cities in the wild frontier. They transformed American life with the interstate highway system – it was beautiful. And they launched a huge network of satellites into orbit,” Trump said in the video.
“But today our country has lost its courage,” he said. “Under my leadership, we’re getting it back in a really big way.”
“Our goal will be a quantum leap in American living standards,” he said. “That’s what’s going to happen.”
Trump then spoke of the expanse of land owned by the federal government, saying he would use “a very, very small portion of that land, just a fraction, half of a percent – would you believe that” to be entirely build new cities based on the designs of the contest winners.
“These freedom cities will reopen the border, rekindle the American imagination and give hundreds of thousands of young people and other people, all of them hard-working families, a new chance at home ownership and, in effect, the American dream,” he said.
Trump added that “forgotten communities” would turn into hives of industry as the US closes the door to imports from China.
He promised to reduce the cost of living, especially the cost of buying a car and building a new house. “And they’ll be nice houses,” he said.
“And I will ask Congress to support baby bonuses for young parents to launch another baby boom,” the ex-president said.
He said he would ask all state governors to join him in a national “modernization and beautification campaign,” which would include “getting rid of ugly buildings” and refurbishing parks and public spaces.
Similarly, Trump had at the very end of Trump’s tenure in the White House signed an executive order that called for traditional designs for federal buildings and criticized modernist architecture.
“It is very important that I will also make sure that these new places are safe,” he continued. “We love and cherish our police, they will do the job as they should,” Trump added, reiterating his support for police officers he expressed during his 2020 campaign amid a wave of Black Lives Matter- protests.
Trump’s call for “towering monuments” in his new freedom cities echoes the executive order he signed just two days before President Joe Biden’s swearing-in, which called for a National Garden of American Heroes, with statues of 244 historical figures.
The ex-president also urged Confederate monuments during his 2020 run as the Black Lives Matter protests led many city officials across the country to reassess whether they should still be on display.