Donald Trump, back in the political arena in the face of a throng of enthusiastic conservatives, asserted on Sunday that the survival of the United States depended on the conservatives, flirting with the idea of running for president in 2024.
“We are engaged in a struggle for the survival of America as we know it,” the American billionaire said at the very end of a scrappy hour-and-a-half speech, concluding the Conservatives’ annual high mass at Orlando, Florida. “It’s a struggle. It’s a terrible, terrible, painful struggle, ”he added in his first speech since leaving the White House on January 20. “But in the end we always win”.
Still refusing to admit his electoral defeat to Joe Biden, he has shown himself determined to ensure that his populist movement will keep control of a Republican Party that is struggling to hide its divisions. “The incredible journey we have started together (…) is far from over,” he said. “And in the end, we will win.” “We are not going to create new parties, we are not going to divide our power. We will be united and powerful as ever, ”he said.
The 74-year-old businessman hinted, without making it clear, that he could run again in the 2024 presidential election. “With your help, we will take back the House of Representatives, we will take back the Senate, and then a Republican president will make a triumphant return to the White House. I wonder who it will be, ”he said to the cheers.
” Who knows ? “, he added. “I might even decide to beat them for the third time.”
Banned from social networks, including his favorite communication channel, Twitter, Donald Trump denounced the immigration policy of his successor Joe Biden, saying that the Democratic president has just completed “the most disastrous first month” in history of the US Presidency.
But he also described the United States as a divided country. “Our security, our prosperity, and our very identity as Americans are at stake,” he said during a speech strewn with attacks on immigrants and Joe Biden’s policies on climate change or climate change. energy.
Since the murderous assault on Capitol Hill, the Republican Party has displayed gaping divisions.
After four years in Trump’s tenure, Republicans lost control of Congress and the White House. And it is a former president marked with the infamous stain of an indictment (“impeachment”), for inciting insurrection in the attack on the Capitol, who spoke.
Donald trump was eventually acquitted during his trial in the Senate, mid-February. But historically, seven Republicans voted in favor of his conviction. Without losing his vindictiveness, the former president listed in the gallery the names of all the elected officials who condemned his role in the assault on Congress. “Get rid of it!” “, He blurted out.
Even if the party is divided, the participants in the Orlando conference were all for it, like the flags and caps they wore, many stamped “Trump”, and this huge golden statue with the effigy the 74-year-old billionaire who sat in the conference hall.
According to a crowd poll published just before his speech, nearly 70% of participants wanted him to run for president. Asked about the future of the Republican Party, 95% of them voted for it to continue its populist program. But only 55% of them believed he should be the Republican Party candidate in 2024, which Tory commentator Karl Rove called a “warning.” “It must be renewed”, he judged.
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