Former US President Donald Trump said Sunday in Florida that “Trumpism” is far from over and that the Republican Party will arrive united and victorious to the next legislative and presidential elections after the “catastrophic” policies of his successor, Democrat Joe Biden.
In his first speech since his term ended last January 20, Trump made a review of his four-year administration and of what he called the “incompetence” of the new administration, during the closing of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in the city of Orlando, in central Florida.
The Republican especially attacked the new immigration policies by pointing out that Biden reopened the coyote business and a massive influx of undocumented immigrants.
“Joe Biden’s decision to cancel border security has single-handedly launched a crisis of young migrants that is enriching smugglers, criminal cartels and some of the most evil people on the planet,” he stressed.
He also lambasted the new government’s “radical socialism” and its health, military, environmental, foreign and economic policies.
Although there was no announcement of a possible candidacy for the reconquest of the White House, as was speculated, and despite the sale of “Trump 2024” T-shirts during the conference, his speech sounded like a campaign.
The Democrats “just lost the White House (…), but who knows, who knows. I may even decide to beat them for a ‘third’ time,” Trump assured as he reiterated his reluctance to acknowledge his defeat last November and insist on non-existent fraud.
THE CONSPIRACY FORUM
The only U.S. president to have faced two impeachments in his administration, thus closed CPAC 2021, a forum that for four days was aligned with his policies and conspiracy theories.
Trumpists heard what they wanted to hear from their leader and other speakers, that Biden “cheated” and lost. Some attendees even called for “impeachment” for the Democrat with signs outside the hotel where the forum was held.
Inside, Senator Josh Hawley received the loudest ovation when he reminded the audience that he refused to certify Biden’s victory on the day of the assault on the Capitol by Trump supporters on January 6, which left five people dead.
Speakers, public and Trump thus challenged the legality of the November election results, belittled the press and the technology companies that “canceled” the former president on social networks.
“No matter how much the Washington establishment and powerful special interests want to silence us, let there be no doubt, we will be victorious and America will be stronger and greater than ever,” Trump stressed.
He assured that Biden is taking advantage of the vaccines he pushed against the “Chinese virus” and the “distribution plan” he left during his term, and again mocked the use of masks.
Erik Svane attended the forum with a gas mask, who told Efe that this is how everyone will be at the end of 2021 if they obey Biden’s policies.
Before a euphoric audience, “the 45th president of the US”, the denomination that the party has adopted in apparent rejection of the “former president”, Trump and dozens of speakers celebrated the fewer restrictions in Florida during the pandemic that facilitated hosting the forum that is usually held in Maryland.
The former president (2017-2021), who now faces several criminal cases in the judicial courts, thus showed himself in charge of the reins of the party during the largest forum of conservatism in the country, which however had large absentees.
Among them, former Vice President Mike Pence and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, as well as Senator Rand Paul, who declined the invitation.
Not invited to the CPAC were those considered his detractors, such as Senators Mitt Romney and Mitch McConnell, the latter his great political ally and key to his acquittal in the Senate in the impeachment trial for the attack on the Capitol, but who nevertheless said that the matter did not end there for Trump.
REPUBLICANS AND THEIR “BOSS”
The four-day conference drifted against the Republican “status quo,” as Trump labeled McConnell after the impeachment trial.
“Donald Trump is not going anywhere,” Senator Ted Cruz asserted.
“We cannot, we will not go back, to the days of the failed Republican establishment of yesteryear,” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said for his part. Minutes before Trump took the podium, CPAC revealed polling results from the conference in which the former president had a 55% preference if the election were held today, followed by DeSantis, with 21%.
“We should unite as conservatives and build on the remarkable achievements of former President Trump,” stressed Sunday Larry Kudlow, his top economic adviser, who called him “the boss” of the party.
For now, the recovery of the majority in Congress in 2022 is one of the goals of Trump, who since last January 20, when his term ended, resides in his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach (Florida), where he has been visited by aspirants seeking his blessing.
“If you want to put an end to socialism in this country, win five seats in the House of Representatives,” Kevin McCarthy, leader of the Republican minority in that chamber, asked the audience.
It’s “the smallest majority the Democrats have had in a hundred years, we can do it,” the Trump ally added.