Former President Donald J. Trump brutally attacked his successor President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in a speech he delivered to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday, describing his actions as “foolish” and claiming he’s had the “most disastrous” first month of his presidency. He also used the podium to push his own election fraud lies, claiming he won an election he lost by more than 7 million popular votes and 306 electoral college votes.
“This election was rigged, and the Supreme Court and other Courts didn’t want to do anything about it,” Trump said, as the crowd chanted, “You won, you won, you won, you won,” weaponizing his election fraud lies one more time, as many of his supporters who rioted on the U.S. Capitol on January 6 over claims of election fraud watched from homes all over the country.
“They used COVID as a way of cheating,” Trump said. “And the Republicans have to do something about it.”
Trump said the Supreme Court did not have the “courage to act.” “They should be ashamed of themselves for what they did to our country,” Trump said of the Supreme Court.
In his first major speech as a former President, Trump also attacked foreigners, describing them as “murderers, rapists, criminals and gang members” to the applause of his mainly maskless audience.
Trump said countries are not sending their best citizens to the United States but rather their worst, attacking Biden for opening U.S. borders to “illegal aliens” in their “thousands and thousands and thousands.”
Trump also attacked Biden for “increasing refugee admission” to the United States that he reduced by almost 10 times, claiming that the current president was taking care of foreigners better than American citizens.
Trump also pushed his election fraud lies, saying he won the last election he lost and may even run again to “beat them for a third time.”
Trump also criticized Biden for rejoining the World Health Organization, calling the organization a “puppet to China.” He also attacked President Biden for rejoining the Paris Climate Accord.
Trump also described as fake news, reports that he may start a third party and run as an independent in the 2024 presidential election.
Trump’s speech was mainly about lamentations, complaints, attacks, demonization of foreigners, and election fraud lies.
He complained about “cancel culture” following his suspension by social media networks for inciting his supporters to commit acts of violence, and for pushing baseless election fraud claims and weaponizing lies.
In four years, under Trump, the Republicans lost the presidency, the Senate and the House of Representatives. Trump himself lost lost the popular vote twice, in 2016 and 2020, and his approval rating remained below 50 percent throughout his presidency and after.
But some Republicans seem to believe Trump is their future, a position that may cost them future elections, especially because of his legal battles that are just beginning and may prevent him from being a viable candidate again.
Trump’s possible legal or public disqualification may mean that Republicans may not have enough time to find a replacement close to the next elections in 2022 and 2024.