In his first speech since leaving the White House, former President Donald Trump declared his America—the first campaign to be far from done, attacked the Biden administration, set the course for the future of the Republican Party, and indicated that he would run for president again in 2024.
Blasting Biden administration
Trump alleged that President Joe Biden has had the “most disastrous first month of any president in modern history” when speaking to a raucous crowd at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Trump warned that Biden has taken a radical socialist direction that might lead to communism in the future.
“We will save and strengthen America, and we will fight the onslaught of radicalism, socialism, and indeed, it all leads to communism,” Trump said.
“We all knew that the Biden administration was going to be bad, but none of us imagined just how bad they would be, and how far left they would go.”
Trump used a large portion of his speech to condemn Biden’s early immigration policies. He stated that Biden’s immigration reversal has resulted in a flood of illegal aliens, especially minors.
“Biden’s radical immigration policies aren’t just illegal—they are immoral, they are heartless, and they are a betrayal of our nation’s core values,” he said.
Trump also criticized Biden for rejoining the World Health Organization, canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, and reentering the Paris climate accord.
Trump hints at 2024 run
Trump predicted that Biden’s immigration agenda alone would be enough for the Democrats to lose the White House in 2024. He then hinted at a future bid for the presidency.
“Who knows, I may even decide to beat them for a third time,” Trump said, prompting a loud ovation from the audience.
“Democrats should suffer withering losses in the midterms and to lose the White House decisively four years from now… I may decide to beat them for a third time,” Trump said, asserting that “our movement of hard-working American patriots is just getting started and in the end, we will win.”
“I’m going to continue to fight right by your side,” he said, adding that he won’t create a “brand new party,” adding: “I am not starting a new party.”
Trump has discussed privately running again for president in 2024, according to advisers. The former president has only delivered a few interviews to news outlets since he departed office in January.
Trump calls for unified GOP
Trump addressed the rift in the Republican Party fuelled by a small number of Republicans who voted in favor of the indictment and the conviction before the Senate acquitted the former president. Trump listed any Republican who voted against him on his behalf.
“The Republican Party is united. The only division is between a handful of Washington, D.C., establishment political hacks, and everybody else all over the country,” Trump said.
“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. Republicans believe that the needs of everyday citizens must come FIRST,” Trump added.
The former president affirmed that he is not interested in starting a third political party, saying that “we have the Republican Party.”
The speech appears to touch on a variety of issues, including the COVID-19 pandemic, schools, and lockdown rules. He’ll also expect to call for tougher action against the Chinese Communist Party, according to excerpts of the speech.
“I call on Joe Biden to get the schools open right now. No more special interest delays,” he said.
Standing up to China
The speech often resembled his signature rally addresses with a message that akin to a campaign platform.
“We believe in standing up to China, shutting down outsourcing, bringing back our factories and supply chains, and ensuring that America, not China, dominates the future,” he said. “Companies that leave America to create jobs in China, and other countries that have ripped us off for years, should not be rewarded, they should be tariffed, fined, and punished.”
“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. “Republicans believe that the needs of everyday citizens must come first.”
Trump win CPAC straw poll
Trump’s position as leader of the conservative movement was evident during the four days of speeches and panels at CPAC, and the audience frequently burst into cheers when Trump’s name was stated. None of the speakers have criticized the former President.
A straw poll taken at the conference showed that 95 percent of the attendees want Trump’s policies to be continued, and 97 percent approved of his performance in office. Trump also garnered more than twice the support of any other Republican candidate in a hypothetical 2024 presidential ballot. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis received 21 percent of the vote compared to 55 percent who picked Trump.
Trump’s full speech at CPAC 2021
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