Trump tells CPAC

Dallas – Former President Donald Trump made his return to the CPAC stage on Saturday, advancing his baseless election claims, cursing his enemies, and pointing to a possible 2024 run, saying, “We may have to do it again. ”

“If I stayed home, Donald Trump’s harassment would have stopped immediately, but I can’t because I love my country and I love the people,” he said.

“America’s comeback begins this November, and it will continue with the unstoppable momentum we’re going to develop in November 2024,” he said in a nearly two-hour speech later.

Trump didn’t announce another run for the White House in 2024, but he still comfortably won the CPAC straw poll, as he has done in previous years. In a straw poll with Trump removed from the list, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was the clear favorite with 65%, and Sen. Ted Cruz coming in second with 6%. All others had less than 5%.

Trump on stage frequently pointed to the results of straw polls, particularly his approval ratings among conservative attendees of the convention.

A significant portion of Trump’s speech moderated Democratic sens. Joe Manchin and Kirsten Sinema, who have both signed the climate agreement the Senate was voting on, while Trump was on stage. Vice President Kamala Harris voted tie-breaking to proceed Law as Trump was speaking. The bill was supported by all 50 Democrats and no Republicans. The Senate begins the debate after its vote, which will last 20 hours before the Senate begins voting on the amendments.

Trump vowed to move to West Virginia, a state he won by nearly 20 points, and to campaign against Manchin when he ran for re-election in 2024, as well as to campaign against Sinema when he ran for re-election in 2024. The year went for re-election in Arizona.

Trump’s former Attorney General Bill Barr, who resigned amid Trump’s false claims after the 2020 election, Earlier this week CBS News warned ‘Katherine Herridge’ That if Trump wins in 2024, he will be a “78-year-old lame duck who is clearly intent on revenge more than anything.”

When Trump mentioned the bar, there was a smell from the crowd. He also rebuked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for allowing the deal to come to the Senate floor. Trump last month called McConnell, who refused to defend Trump’s actions around the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, “disbelief.” On Saturday, Trump said senators are only loyal to him because of his fundraising.

Trump made some references to the House January 6th committee — which holding public hearings To present his findings about the attack on the US Capitol – calling them “disgusting”.

During an earlier speech by GOP Representative Lauren Boebert, the crowd shouted slogans to “free the J6 defendants.” Referring to the accused in the attack, Trump said, ‘Look at these people whose lives are being destroyed.

He also mocked the testimony of former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, who said he heard Trump tried to grab the steering wheel of the presidential vehicle.

Trump said, “So my hands fell around another strong man, who was as strong as hell… I know these guys well, it’s not my deal.”

He joked, “When that story came out, people said, ‘I never knew you were so physically strong.

Trump reiterated the claim that he wanted to call the National Guard before the January 6 attack, adding that former Defense Department official Kash Patel was a witness. January 6 committee shared footage Controversy over Trump’s claim of having 10,000 troops ready.

“Not from my point of view, I have never been given any instructions or orders or were aware of any plans of that nature,” Trump’s acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller said in a recorded statement. tweeted last month.

However, the biggest applause of the night came when Trump discussed culture war issues like parental rights, and said he would “end the Department of Education” and “keep men out of women’s games.” He also said that he would not allow the teaching of critical race theory.

But Trump hasn’t focused heavily on some of the Republican Party’s biggest culture war issues in the past few years, making only reference to the Second Amendment. He made no mention of the Supreme Court’s decision in June to overturn Roe v. Wade, although it featured heavily throughout the convention.

Trump stuck to many of the themes of his previous speeches, on crime, inflation and America being a “nation in decline.”

Trump began his speech by announcing several of his aides running for office, or already in office, who were at the convention. This also included Kari Lake, which introduced her on Saturday. fresh from his victory In the Republican primary for governor in Arizona this week.

Trump delivers concluding speech on final day of three-day conference, also attended by Hungarian leaders Viktor Orbanwho has said that he does not want Hungarians to be “mixed race people.”

Saturday was the second speech in as many days for the former president, who visited Waukesha, Wisconsin on Friday night, where he won Tuesday’s primaries after multiple victories by his supported candidates.

“It’s been an extraordinary week for the America First Movement, extraordinary,” Trump said on Friday.

Trump had targeted Arizona – one of the states leaning toward President Biden in 2020 – in Tuesday’s primaries, in an effort to establish his loyalties. In Arizona, his supported candidates won the Republican primaries for the Senate, governor and secretary of state, the state’s top election official.

Trump did too David Farnsworth endorsed, a candidate running against Rusty Bowers in Arizona’s 10th State Senate District, who testified about Trump and his allies’ attempts to set up fake voters who would support Trump after the 2020 election. Farnsworth won that election as well.

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