Donald Trump, returning to Washington for the first time since his tumultuous exit from the White House, gave a speech Tuesday befitting a campaign candidate, flirting with the idea of running for a new term.
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Invited by the America First Policy Institute, a think tank run by its allies, the 76-year-old billionaire presented an action plan for a Republican president who would return to the White House in 2024.
For more than an hour and a half, he continued on his favorite themes — particularly immigration and the fight against crime — and vehemently attacked his successor, Joe Biden, who he accused of “bringing the United States to its knees.”
After painting an apocalyptic portrait of the country, he slipped: “The story is far from over and we’re gearing up for a spectacular comeback, we have no choice.”
In January 2021, two weeks after hundreds of supporters stormed the Capitol, the former real estate mogul bowed out and stepped down.
Since then, he has not set foot in the federal capital, remaining under the scrutiny of a parliamentary commission of inquiry tasked with shedding light on his role in the attack that shocked the entire world.
The latter just held a series of well-attended public hearings that lifted the veil on its maneuvers to stay in power.
Asked on the NBC channel the same day, Justice Minister Merrick Garland did not rule out the possibility of prosecuting Donald Trump.
“We intend to hold anyone criminally responsible (their role) for the events around January 6 to account for any attempt to interfere with the legal transfer of power from one administration to another.”, he said.
“It’s all a set-up,” Trump fired back in a very combative tone on Tuesday, saying the commission was “just thugs and pirates.” “They want to come to me saying I can’t work for you anymore, but I don’t think that’s going to work,” he added with a smile on his face.
“Four more years,” then chanted the room in his praise, indicating the duration of a possible new mandate.
A chance of the calendar, his former vice president, Mike Pence, is visiting Washington on Tuesday, where he took advantage of a speech before young conservatives to mark his differences with Donald Trump.
“We don’t agree on priorities,” he said, launching a program centered on the fight against abortion and the protection of the right to bear arms and religious liberties.
“Not succumbing to the temptation of looking back (…)” and “looking to the future,” added this Christian conservative, criticizing the former president for spending too much time challenging the result. 2020 elections.
Donald Trump has never conceded defeat. He devoted his public interventions for two years to condemning “stolen elections”, invoking “massive electoral fraud”, without any proof.
However, he postponed this speech to Tuesday. I always say that I contested once and won, contested again and won more votes.
Before adding, “I’ll have to do it a third time!”, promising “details” in the coming weeks.
Donald Trump retains the lead with Republicans. He appears to have retained loyal supporters, which will put him in pole position should he decide to run for the nomination.
But critics are damaging his reputation, allowing his opponents — such as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — to gain ground.
According to a recent New York Times and Siena College poll, nearly half of Republicans in the primaries prefer someone other than Donald Trump.
Last week, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post, owned by the influential Murdoch family, published editorials on January 6, 2021 condemning Donald Trump’s behavior.
Yet his speech was followed in the highest degree. “You may call me old-fashioned, but I don’t believe inciting a mob to attack police officers shows ‘respect for the law,'” Joe Biden tweeted.
“If you’re pro-insurgency, you can’t be pro-police, pro-democracy or pro-America,” continued the 79-year-old president, who may run for a second term in 2024.