Donald Trump turned down President Joe Biden and tried to maintain his grip on the future of the Republican Party on Sunday during his first major political speech since leaving the White House last month, and at one point a possible bid in 2024 teased.
Trump said at a sensational rally of conservative activists in Orlando, Fla, that his journey was “far from over” and that he could decide to beat the Democrats for a “third time,” citing his false claims that he won the 2020 election. .
“I want you to know that I will continue to fight on your side,” Trump said.
When Trump said the Republicans would beat the Democrats in 2024, the crowd jumped to his feet and said, “USA, USA.”
Trump is widely expected to finally declare a bid for president in 2024. Unlike former presidents, he made it clear that he did not intend to comment on the actions of his successor, and went on to follow Biden on Sunday.
“We all knew that Biden’s government would be bad – but none of us even imagined how bad they would be, and how far left they would go,” Trump said.
In line with his penchant for dramatic exaggeration, Trump called Biden’s first month in office “the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history, it’s true.”
“In just one short month, we first went from America to America,” Trump said, referring to a “new and horrific crisis on our southern border.”
Trump’s political ambitions made the Republicans eligible. The 74-year-old remains overwhelmingly popular in the party, but fails to beat Biden in the 2020 election, after losing support among moderates and independents.
Trump was announced as the winner of a CPAC straw poll on Sunday before his speech, with 55% of the vote. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took second place in the 2024 presidential election, at 21%, and first place in a straw poll that Trump did not include.
After losing the presidential game, Trump refused to concede for weeks and was indicted by the House of Representatives on charges of inciting the crowd that attacked the Capitol on January 6th.
While the Senate finally acquitted him, the top Republicans, including Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, issued heavy reprimands for Trump’s actions. Trump reiterated his false claim that the election was “knee-jerk” during his speech.
Trump on Sunday ran behind a litigation of Republicans, including Representative Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and the other lawmakers who voted in favor of his accusation.
“Get rid of everyone,” Trump said. “The RINOs we are surrounded by will destroy the Republican Party and the American worker,” Trump said, abbreviating “Republicans by name only.”
Donald Trump Jr., the son of the former president, attacked Cheney at CPAC on Friday, saying she was ‘linked to an institution that did nothing but fail us’.
Earlier this month, Trump denounced McConnell in a statement as a ‘dull, grumpy and impeccable political heel’.
Despite his attacks on members of the GOP, Trump used the address to deny reports that he was considering starting a new party.
“We are not starting new parties,” Trump said. “We have the Republican Party, it’s going to unite and be stronger than ever before. I’m not starting a new party.”
“Wouldn’t that be brilliant? Let’s start a new party, share our vote so we can never win,” Trump sarcastically added.
Trump has said he will “actively work” to support Republicans in his form.
While Trump has refused to leave the spotlight, he has had less direct access to the public since he was banned on Twitter for violating his policies against violent offense. The company said the ban would remain in place even if Trump is re-elected.
Trump said during his speech that “we reject the cancellation culture” and said that states led by IDPs should follow major tech companies that censor conservatives.
Sunday’s speech also addresses a number of themes that are at the heart of the Republican Party’s policy agenda, such as keeping China tough and imposing stricter immigration rules.
“The future of the Republican Party is as a party that defends the social, economic, and cultural interests and values of working American families – of every race, every color, and every creed,” Trump said. He added that the party was a party of ‘love’.
In a portion of his speech on Covid-19, Trump pushed Biden to ‘get the schools open now’ and he used the government’s successful effort to speed up vaccine production.
Since leaving the White House, Trump has faced a growing legal threat in New York, where Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is apparently investigating potential banking and insurance fraud related to Trump and his company, the Trump organization.
Vance received years of Trump’s tax returns and related documents on Monday after a protracted lawsuit that came to the Supreme Court twice. Trump has denied any wrongdoing and accused Vance of being politically motivated.
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