As Donald Trump emerged for his first major public appearance at the CPAC conference this past weekend, the former president and still de facto leader of the Republican Party was met with overwhelming support.
“We’re ready for President Trump to come back,” Marthamae Kottschade, a supporter of President Trump, said. “We want to see our President, and I say our President, meaning the people’s President.”
Trump established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the GOP even as he tore into Joe Biden.
“Joe Biden has had the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history,” Trump said, calling the new administration “anti-jobs, anti-families, anti-border, anti-energy, anti-women and anti-science.”
Trump drilled into Biden mainly for going soft on immigration and rolling back many of his policies that were put in place to keep dangerous numbers of immigrants surging across our southern border.
“It took the new administration only a few weeks to turn this unprecedented accomplishment into a self-inflicted humanitarian and national security disaster,” he said. “In one short month, we have gone from America First to America Last.”
In his speech which drew rousing applause from those in attendance, the former president also said his intention was not to create a new political party but to “fix” the Republican party, calling out by name those he considered “RINOs” who had betrayed him and GOP principals.
“We’re not starting new parties. You know — they kept saying, ‘He’s going to start a brand new party,'” Trump said. “We have the Republican Party. It’s going to unite and be stronger than ever before.”
He continued, “I am not starting a new party,” Trump said. “That was fake news. Fake news, no. Wouldn’t that be brilliant? Let’s start a new party, and let’s divide our vote so that you can never win. No, we’re not interested in that.”
In the speech, Trump went on to criticize Biden’s “surrender of America to Mainland China.”
Prior to the landmark speech – basically the first of a perceived 2024 presidential campaign for Trump -a CPAC poll found that the majority of attendees were in favor of a Trump run in 2024.
“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,” Trump continued. “And I want you to know that I am going to continue to fight right by your side.”