Invited by the America First Policy Institute, a think tank run by his allies, the 76-year-old billionaire presented an action plan for a “Republican president who will return to the White House in 2024”.
For more than an hour and a half, he resumed his favorite topics – particularly immigration and the fight against crime – while fiercely attacking his successor, Joe Biden, who has been accused of “putting the United States on its knees”. was imposed.
After painting an apocalyptic portrait of the country, he slipped: “The story is not over and we are preparing for an incredible comeback, we have no other choice.”
In January 2021, two weeks after the Capitol was attacked by hundreds of his supporters, the former real estate mogul left power with his head bowed.
Since then, he has not set foot in the federal capital, while being at the center of attention of a parliamentary inquiry commission responsible for shedding light on his role in the attack that shocked the entire world.
The latter has recently held a series of well-attended public hearings that have lifted the curtain on his maneuvers to stay in power.
“It’s all a set-up”, the commission has “only thugs and pirates”, Donald Trump responded with a belligerent Tuesday. “They want to come at me so that I won’t be able to work for you anymore, but I don’t think it’s going to work,” he added with a smile on his face.
“Four more years”, then chanted across the room, applauding him, referring to the duration of a possible new mandate.
Likely on the calendar, his former vice president Mike Pence was also visiting Washington on Tuesday, where he took advantage of a speech in front of young conservatives to mark his difference with Donald Trump.
“We don’t agree on priorities,” he said, launching a program focused on the fight against abortion and the protection of the right to arms and religious freedom.
“It is absolutely necessary (…) not to give in to the temptation to look back” and “to look to the future”, added this Christian conservative, who criticized the former president as too much to challenge the outcome. devote more time. 2020 election.
Donald Trump has never given up. Calling “large-scale electoral fraud” without evidence, he devoted most of his two years of public intervention to denouncing the “stolen election”.
However, he put the speech on hold on Tuesday. “I always say I ran once and won, then ran a second time and won even more votes,” he said.
Before adding, “I might have to do it a third time!”, promising “details” in the coming weeks.
Donald Trump retains a central position with Republicans. He appears to have retained a core of loyal supporters, which would put him in pole position to decide whether to take the nomination.
But critics are damaging his image, allowing his rivals – such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis – to gain ground.
According to a recent New York Times and Siena College poll, nearly half of Republicans who voted in the primaries would prefer someone other than Donald Trump.
Last week, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post, which are owned by the influential Murdoch family, published editorials criticizing Donald Trump’s behavior on January 6, 2021.
His speech was nevertheless followed at the highest level. Joe Biden tweeted, “You could say I’m old fashioned, but I don’t believe inciting mobs to attack police officers shows ‘respect for the law’.”
“If you’re pro-insurgency, you can’t be pro-police or pro-democracy or pro-American,” continued the president, who could also run for a second term in 2024.
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