US President Donald Trump has launched his 2020 reelection campaign with claims that his administration will cure cancer, defeat AIDS in America, and set the stage for manned missions to Mars. He also unleashed some vicious lies about his would-be Democratic Party opponents in the process, telling a credulous Florida crowd the party supports the execution of newborn babies.

Speaking at the Amway Center in Orlando, Trump talked a big game about his proposed border wall, opposition from the press, and the economy. All of that could have been ripped from his 2016 platform, but reporters on the scene state his supporters didn’t seem to mind being fed reheated material too much.

His speech entered new territory when he vowed that his administration would “push on with new medical frontiers, we will come up with the cures to many many problems, to many, many diseases, including cancer and others. And we’re getting closer all the time.”

“We will eradicate AIDS in America once and for all, and we’re very close,” he added, without spending another moment on outlining what exactly his administration do differently to reach those lofty goals.

Without missing a beat, he pivoted to extraterrestrial concerns, saying “we will lay the foundation for landing American astronauts on the surface of Mars.” 

While only time can turn those fanciful statements into out-and-out lies, Trump did go ahead and suggest that all the Democrats vying to face him next year are in full support of murdering babies after their birth.

“Leading Democrats have even opposed measures to prevent the execution of children after birth,” Trump said. That comment came in apparent reference to a proposed bill in the state of Virginia, which would have removed some restrictions around pregnancy terminations in the third trimester – but that bill never, ever would have permitted the killing of children after birth. 

Rank fear-mongering amid the erosion of reproductive rights is likely the last thing America needs, but that’s what Trump’s 2020 campaign is going to provide. Watch the clips from the rally, shared by Vox reporter Aaron Rupar, right here:

Source: The Guardian
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