Trump Hints at 2024 Run, Blasts Biden, Calls for Unified GOP

Former President Donald Trump, in his first speech since leaving that position, declared his “America First” movement is not even close to being over

Trump attacked the Biden administration, charted the course for the future of the Republican Party, and implied that he may run for president again in 2024.

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His speech was at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), in front of an energized crowd, and in the speech, he said that President Joe Biden had the “most disastrous first month of any president in modern history.” The former president warned that Biden has followed a radical socialist path that could lead to communism.

“We will save and strengthen America, and we will fight the onslaught of radicalism, socialism, and indeed, it all leads to communism,” he 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.”

He devoted an important segment of the speech to criticize the early actions on immigration from Biden. Trump said Biden’s reversal of his actions on immigration has generated a flood of illegal aliens, particularly 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,” Trump said.

The former president predicted that Biden’s immigration policies alone are enough for the Democrats to lose the White House in 2024. Then, Trump hinted that he might run for President.

“Who knows, I may even decide to beat them for a third time,” he said, after which a loud ovation from the audience followed.

He demanded from Biden to reopen schools and accused him of acting at the commands of teachers’ unions, which are against re-openings. Trump touted his administration’s successes in handling the CCP virus pandemic.

Also, he disapproved of Biden’s acts of rejoining the World Health Organization, canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, and reentering the Paris climate accord.

Trump addressed the split in the Republican Party provoked by a small number of Republicans who voted in favor of impeachment and conviction before Trump’s acquittal from the Senate. He specified each Republican who voted against him by name.

“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,” he said.

Trump declared that he’s not interested in starting a third political party, stating that “we have the Republican Party.”

This was Trump’s first public appearance since he left the White House on Jan. 20. Twitter and Facebook banned him before he left office, compounding his absence from public attention. He said, “the time has come to break up the Big Tech monopolies.”

The former president’s position as the leader of the conservative movement was clear throughout the four days of speeches and panels at CPAC, and he was getting frequent cheers from the crowd whenever his name was mentioned. He was not criticized by anyone from the people that spoke at the conference.

A straw poll taken at the conference showed that 95 percent of the people who attended it want Trump’s policies to be continued, and 97 percent approved of his performance in office. Trump also accumulated more than twice the support of any other GOP candidate in a hypothetical 2024 presidential ballot. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis got 21 percent of the vote, with 55 percent choosing Trump.

Trump presented the agenda for the Republican Party, with election integrity identified as one of the top priorities. The former president said the election was “rigged,” prompting a chant of “we won” from the audience. Trump accused the Supreme Court of having no “courage” to take up the Texas election challenge.

The speech often looked like his signature rally addresses with a message similar to that of 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,” Trump 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,” he added. “Republicans believe that the needs of everyday citizens must come first.”

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Source: Politico 

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