The speculation about Donald Trump’s political future has been rabid at times, but that was to be expected. This was a man who barged into Washington with all of the bravado of a bull fighter, and with very little care for what would be said about him. (This in itself was an incredibly distinguishing trait for an American politician, after all).
So, now that’s he’d been denied the appeal to the 2020 election that he so fervently sought, some wondered if he would arrive back on the political scene with a vengeance; if he would light the fuse just because he could.
Instead, Trump has played things a little closer to the norm, make some overtures to his political future during a speech at CPAC, but not making an announcement.
Speaking at at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Fla., Trump repeated his false claim that he won the November election — which he lost decisively — and said to an explosion of applause, “Who knows? I may even decide to beat them for a third time.”
The speech, Trump’s first major address since the end of his presidency, served as formal notice of his continued dominance over the Republican Party — and a return to campaign form for the former president.
For roughly 90 minutes, Trump chastised “top establishment Republicans,” “RINO’s” and other Republicans who have criticized him. Banned from Twitter, he said Big Tech companies “should be punished with major sanctions whenever they silence conservative voices.” And in a wide-ranging critique of Biden’s first month in office, he lit into the Democratic president for his handling of everything from the coronavirus vaccine distribution to immigration, education and protections for people who are transgender.
The Republican party is at a bit of an impasse at the moment, with the Trumpian “MAGA Movement” pulling the party every further to the right – something that the Democrats were able to exploit by nominating the centrist Joe Biden.
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