2021-03-01 01:42:36 UTC
a 'triumphant return' to White House
*Donald Trump made his grand comeback to the political scene by taking the stage
at CPAC Sunday
*The former president assured the crowd of conservatives gathered in Orlando,
Florida that he will not be forming his own political party despite rumors he
was considering it
*'We're not starting new parties,' he said. 'We have the Republican Party'
*'Wouldn't that be brilliant?' he quipped. 'Let's start a new party, let's
divide our vote, so you can never win. No we're not interested in that'
*Trump also teased he would make a run for the White House again in 2024 as he
lamented of voter fraud
*'Who knows, I may even decide to beat them for a third time,' Trump said
Donald Trump assured in his grand comeback at CPAC on Sunday that he will not
form a new political party because it would further divide the GOP and the
former president previewed another White House run in 2024.
'Do you miss me yet?' Trump asked the roaring crowd as he took the stage more
than one hour later than scheduled.
The former president repeated his claims of voter fraud at several points during
his 90-minute remarks on Sunday, claiming the Supreme Court should be 'ashamed'
for refusing to overturn the results in his favor.
'With your help we will take back the House, we will win the Senate, and then a
Republican president will make a triumphant return to the White House. And I
wonder who that will be,' Trump sarcastically said toward the end of his speech
at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida on Sunday.
'Who, who, who will that be? I wonder,' he continued in the charade, smirking
toward the crowd of some of his most staunch supporters.
Trump assured those gathered for the final day of CPAC: 'We're not starting new
parties. We have the Republican Party.'
'Wouldn't that be brilliant?' he quipped. 'Let's start a new party, let's divide
our vote, so you can never win. No we're not interested in that.'
Trump's re-commitment to the GOP comes after rumors emerged last month that he
was considering creating his own political party and breaking with Republicans
especially those who rebuked him.
A White House spokesperson wasn't buying Trump's push for unity.
'The only thing that seems to be able to unite the Republican Party is their
opposition to giving Americans $1,400 checks, to getting schools the money they
need to reopen safely, to keeping cops, firefighters, and teachers on the job,
and to speeding up vaccinations,' Michael Gwin told DailyMail.com following
Trump's comeback remarks.
'While the GOP casts about for a path forward, President Biden is going to
remain laser-focused on crushing the virus, re-opening schools, and getting
Americans back to work,' he continued.
TRUMP CONTINUES TO PUSH VOTER FRAUD CLAIMS
The former president used his stage time exactly 90 minutes to push his
repeated claims of voter fraud.
'Actually as you know, they just lost the White House, but it's one of those
things,' he said of Democrats, continuing on with his claim that Joe Biden did
not legitimately win the 2020 presidential election.
'But who knows, who knows, I may even decide to beat them for a third time,' he
said, previewing a potential 2024 run to take back the White House and at the
same time suggesting he already beat Biden in 2020.
Trump said the Supreme Court is partly to blame for the election results not
being overturned in his favor.
'This election was rigged. And the Supreme Court and other courts didn't want to
do anything about it,' he lamented. 'They didn't have the courage, the Supreme
'We had almost 20 states go into the Supreme Court so that we didn't have a
standing problem. They rejected it, they rejected it,' Trump said of the dozens
of lawsuits filed in an attempt to toss out ballots they believe were invalid.
'They should be ashamed of themselves for what they've done to our country,'
Trump said of the nine Supreme Court Justices. 'They didn't have the guts or the
courage to make the right decision.'
He added: 'They didn't want to talk about it.'
Notably the Supreme Court is 6-3 conservative majority and has three justices
presiding who were appointed by the former president.
'We must pass comprehensive election reforms and we must do it now,' Trump
'The Democrats used the China virus as an excuse to change all of the election
rules without the approval of their state legislatures, making it therefore -
illegal,' he continued.
TRUMP LASHES OUT AT HIS GOP ENEMIES
Despite calling for unity within the party, Trump specifically called out
Republican lawmakers who have rebuked him including listing the names of those
who voted for his impeachment.
'We need strong leadership, we cannot have leaders who show more passion for
condemning their fellow Americans than they have ever shown for standing up to
Democrats, the media and the radicals, who want to turn America into a socialist
country,' Trump said.
'We want Republican leaders who are loyal to the voters who will work proudly
for the vision that I laid out today,' he said.
Trump went after Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney, the highest
ranking Republican in the House to vote in favor of impeaching the
then-president, more ferociously then the other defectors.
Cheney has faced a formal censure from the GOP in her home state of Wyoming,
which is fiercely pro-Trump.
'The good news is in her state she's been censured and in her state her poll
numbers have dropped faster than any human being I've ever seen,' Trump said of
Cheney. 'So hopefully they'll get rid of her with the next election.'
'The RINOs we're surrounded with will destroy the Republican Party and the
American worker and will destroy our country itself,' Trump said, using the
negative term 'Republican in Name Only,' which refers to more moderate,
establishment GOP lawmakers.
Trump also said Democrats are lucky because they know how to unite, claiming
they won't break with each other even if they disagree.
The former president then went into a list of those GOP lawmakers who have gone
against him at one point or another during his presidency.
'The Democrats don't have grandstanders like Mitt Romney, Little Ben Sasse,
Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Pat Toomey. And in
the House, Tom Rice, South Carolina, Adam Kinzinger, Dan Newhouse, Anthony
Gonzalez, that's another beauty. Fred Upton, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Peter
Meijer, John Katko, David Valadao and of course, the warmonger, the person that
loves seeing our troops fighting, Liz Cheney. How about that?' he said.
Among those listed are the Republican senators and representatives who voted for
his second impeachment.
'Get rid of them all,' Trump said.
'Democrats are vicious, remember this it's true, Democrats are vicious,' the
former president continued of the opposing party. 'They're smart and they do one
thing you've got to hand it to them they always stick together.'
'You don't have Mitt Romneys in the group [of Democrats],' he said of the Utah
senator who on occasion breaks with the party.
'I'm announcing that I will be actively working to elect strong, tough and smart
Republican leaders,' he added.
Trump was longed rumored to be preparing to launch a slew of endorsements for
GOP candidates especially some who are launching primary runs against
incumbent Republicans who have denounced the former president.
'It has just been stated that President Trump's endorsement is the most powerful
asset in politics,' the former president touted.
'My endorsement of Mitch McConnell, at his request,' Trump began and was met
with boos from the crowd upon mention of the Senate leader's name, 'brought him
from one point down to 20 points up and he won his race.'
'Because of my efforts campaigning, we had huge gains in the House and I helped
keep many senators in their seats and they will admit it, so that it's now 50/50
instead of Republicans being down anywhere from eight to 10 seats.'
'So how the hell is it possible that we lost?' he questioned.
Trump said to an enthusiastic crowd of mixed mask and mask-less supporters on
Sunday: 'I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we
began together. We went through a journey like nobody else, there's never been a
journey like it, there's never been a journey so successful.'
'We began it together four years ago - and it is far from being over,' he added.
During his keynote address, Trump sent the message: I am the future of the GOP.
He said that he wouldn't let the radical left cancel him.
'For the next four years the brave Republicans in this room will be at the heart
of the effort to oppose the radical Democrats, the fake news media and their
toxic cancel culture. Something new to our ears, cancel culture,' he joked.
'And I want you to know that I'm going to continue to fight right by your side,
we will do what we've done right from the beginning, which is win,' he said.
'We embrace free thought , we stand up to political correctness and we reject
left-wing lunacy and in particular we reject cancel culture,' Trump said.
TRUMP PROMISES NOT TO DIVIDE REPUBLICANS
At another point, Trump promised: 'The Republican Party is united,' despite
recent fractions and feuds.
'The only division is between a handful of Washington D.C. establishment
political hacks, and everybody else all over the country,' he added.
As the crowd waited for Trump, American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp
assured them 'everything is going according to schedule' as he arrived 69
minutes late to the party.
An infomercial about CPAC then played to keep supporters engaged, as Trump made
his way to Orlando from Palm Beach.
In an effort to not further faction those on the right side of the political
aisle, Trump made clear during his remarks that he will not be starting his own
political party. Instead, he called for Republicans to unite in order to win
back a majority in Congress in 2022 and the White House in 2024.
'We are not starting new parties, and we will not be dividing our power and our
strength. Instead, we will be united and strong like never before,' Trump will
say, according to an excerpt of the speech obtained by Fox News.
However, the former president did not fully abandon his bull-ish attitude,
making it clear Republican defectors would face primary runs against
He also took the opportunity on Sunday to pounce on President Joe Biden.
The former president used Biden's names almost from the start of his speech,
coming out in strong force against the man who bested him for the White House
and most of his policies since taking office
'Joe Biden has had the most disastrous first month of any president in modern
history,' Trump said of his successor.
'Your families still cannot go out and eat at local restaurants, but Joe Biden
is bringing in thousands upon thousands of refugees from all over the world,
people that nobody knows anything about. We don't have crime records, we don't
have health records,' Trump said, dueling attacking Biden's coronavirus response
and lax immigration policies.
'Joe Biden and the Democrats are even pushing policies that would destroy
women's sports,' he said, likely referencing the Equality Act that seeks to
further transgender rights.
Biden is in Wilmington, Delaware this weekend and attended church Sunday morning
with his grandkids Natalie and Hunter, before the White House called a 'lid,'
meaning he's home for the day and won't be providing counter-programming to
Trump's Sunday afternoon CPAC speech.
MASK-LESS CPAC: TRUMP RAILS AGAINST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE
Throughout the four-day event, the Hyatt Regency in Orlando where the
convention was held this year had issues with attendees refusing to comply
with wearing masks.
At one point, the ACU had to warn ticket-holders that repeat offenders could be
asked to leave the premises.
During Trump's speech, which was not observing social distancing standards,
several audience members could be seen wearing their face coverings below their
noses, on their chins or just not wearing one at all.
Trump lamented of Biden's handling of coronavirus during his remarks, demanding
Republicans not allow him to take credit for the vaccine and recovery plan.
'Never let them take the credit, because they don't deserve the credit,' Trump
said., adidn : 'Joe Biden is only implementing the plan that we had in place.'
Biden's White House has said there was no plan in place when they inherited the
COVID-19 pandemic, contrary to the claims of top infectious disease expert
Anthony Fauci, who has now served on the coronavirus advisory boards of both
Trump and Biden's administrations.
Trump's speech is expected to last 90 minutes, minimum. His 2019 CPAC is his
longest on record, reaching past the two-hour mark.
'Buckle up for Sunday, President Trump is back and better than ever,' teased
longtime Trump aide Jason Miller on Friday, during a Fox Business Network
Top Trump aide Corey Lewandowski told Fox News on Sunday that it was always
'fake news' that the former president was ever considering creating his own
party apart from Republicans.
'Why would you start a third party when you're the head of the Republican
Party?' Lewandowski posed. 'There's no question about it: Donald Trump is the
head of the Republican Party.'
'This notion that he's going to start a third party, it's total fake news,
okay?' he continued. 'He's never wanted to do that.'
'He has been the head of the Republican Party. He's the most important
endorsement for any Republican running for office in a primary or a general
election, and that's going to continue to be the case.'
Although several potential 2024 Republican presidential contenders made
appearances at CPAC, most of them made it clear they support Trump and would put
support behind him.
Those potential contenders who spoke at CPAC include Senators Ted Cruz of Texas,
Josh Hawley of Missouri, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Rick Scott of Florida, South
Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former Secretary
of State Mike Pompeo.
'Donald J. Trump ain't going anywhere,' Cruz said while speaking at the massive
Lewandowski said Sunday that Trump's 'first mission' is to win back Congress in
2022 a fact he will outline in his speech Sunday afternoon.
'He's going to lay out how we're going to take back the House and the Senate in
2022, because that's the first mission,' he told Fox.
In calling for the Party to come together, Trump will also detail a 'pathway'
for taking back the majority in Congress in 2022, including pushing his repeated
claims of voter fraud and proposing ways to stop it.
Stripped of his Twitter account, Trump's only means of communication with the
public have been through occasional statements released from the 'Office of the
45th President', which he formed after leaving Washington.
He also broke his media silence earlier this month when he joined Fox News by
phone for a tribute to conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh, who died of