President Donald Trump delighted attendees of the CPAC annual conference held this weekend in Orlando, Florida. He told them “Let there be no doubt, we will be victorious.” The WSJ reports:
Donald Trump took aim at President Biden’s early moves on immigration and Covid-19, left open the prospect of another run at the presidency and cast himself as the GOP standard-bearer in the former president’s first major public remarks since leaving office.
“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,” Mr. Trump said Sunday afternoon at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. “Let there be no doubt, we will be victorious.”
Mr. Trump’s remarks here came six weeks after his impeachment in the House on one charge of inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, and his subsequent acquittal by the Senate. The GOP in Washington has been split between detractors of the former president who condemned his remarks at the protest earlier that day, and those who support him and a continuing role for him in the party.
Mr. Trump teased that he may run again in 2024 during his speech, repeating his unfounded claim that he won the November election. “I may even decide to beat them for a third time,” he said. The party is without control of the White House, Senate and House for the first time since 2010.
Mr. Trump said he had decided not to start a new political party because “we have the Republican Party.”
Aides said Mr. Trump may not reach a final decision on running in 2024 until after the 2022 midterm elections, in which Mr. Trump intends to play a key role handpicking candidates and punishing those who voted to impeach him. On Friday, Mr. Trump endorsed a challenger to Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, one of 10 House Republicans who sided with Democrats.
As had been done by CPAC speakers throughout the conference, Mr. Trump used a lengthy part of his roughly 90-minute speech to revisit the 2020 election and denounce Republicans who were critical of his unfounded claims that he won.
Mr. Trump also mentioned by name House Republicans who voted to impeach him and Senate Republicans who voted to convict him, including Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine and Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming.
“Get rid of them all,” Mr. Trump said. “The RINOs that we’re surrounded with will destroy the Republican Party,” he said, referencing the term for “Republicans in Name Only.”
Watch his full remarks here:
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