ORLANDO – In a speech on Sunday to close the Conservative Political Action Conference, former President Donald Trump “will say that the incredible journey we started together four years ago is far from over,” going as far as ‘announcing his intentions for 2024 and setting out his vision for the future of “our” Republican Party, according to excerpts obtained by NBC News before Trump’s appearance.
“I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey that we began together four years ago is far from over,” the former president should say in his first speech since leaving the House. Blanche last month. “We are gathered this afternoon to talk about the future – the future of our movement, the future of our party and the future of our beloved country.”
The remarks – at least, as expected – make it clear that Trump has no plans to create a new party or quit the GOP, but it does warn other Republicans who have crossed paths with him.
“The Republican Party is united,” read the extracts. “The only divide is between a handful of Washington DC establishment political hacks and everyone across the country.”
Among those lawmakers likely to get Trump’s name verified is Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Who voted to remove him and insisted the party should move away from his leadership to the future.
But President Joe Biden is also in the rhetorical crosshairs of the former president, with Trump criticizing his successor over immigration, China and the reopening of schools.
Trump’s remarks are expected to last more than 90 minutes. The former president has a well-documented propensity to deviate from the script, especially in front of a friendly audience like the one he will meet at CPAC. The multi-day program of the event was swarming with Trump allies and at times resembled a broadcast of Trump-themed grievances, ranging from false statements about an unsecured 2020 election to denouncing political correctness and “l ‘culture cancellation’.