Former US President Donald Trump speaks to the crowd during a rally at the Florence Regional Airport on March 12, 2022 in Florence, South Carolina. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
Former President Donald Trump told attendees at a rally in South Carolina Saturday that conservatives must “lay down their very lives to defend their country”—against critical race theory.
During an hour-long speech in which he leaned heavily into recent right-wing culture war themes, Trump said that “getting critical race theory out of our schools is not just a matter of values, it’s also a matter of national survival. We have no choice.”
“The fate of any nation ultimately depends upon the willingness of its citizens to lay down—and they must do this—lay down their very lives to defend their country,” Trump said. “If we allow the Marxists and communists and socialists to teach our children to hate America, there
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