UNITED STATES – Donald Trump, back in Washington for the first time since his tumultuous departure from the White House, gave a speech worthy of a campaign candidate on Tuesday, July 26, allegedly flirting with the idea to run for a new term. .
Invited by the America First Policy Institute, a think tank run by its allies, the 76-year-old billionaire presented an action plan for the “President of the Republic to return to the White House in 2024”.
For more than an hour and a half, he continued his favorite themes – including the fight against immigration and crime – while fiercely attacking his successor Joe Biden, who was accused of “bringing the United States to its knees”.
Harsh rhetoric to justify his return in 2024
He continued his violent rhetoric, using shocking images such as “streets full of needles, covered in the blood of innocent victims”, and cities “where the middle class flocks to the ‘American dream’” compared to “war zones”. Before talking about the rapes, thefts, fear of parents if their children are on the streets.
The former president presented several measures, such as the death penalty for drug dealers, giving more resources to the police and ending advance and electronic voting. “There is no respect for the law, and above all there is no order. Our country is now a cesspool of crimes, we have blood, death, and suffering because of the Democratic Party that destroys and dismantles law enforcement,” he added, taking a serious turn.
After painting an apocalyptic picture of the country, he played: “The story is far from over and we are preparing for an extraordinary return, we have no other choice. With energy, we will restore our security. With through hard work, we will rebuild our prosperity. Through courage, we will gain our freedom. (…) We will make America great, as it has never been.”
The Department of Justice is interested in Trump
So Trump prepared his return, a year and a half after leaving power with his head bowed, two weeks after the attack on the Capitol by hundreds of supporters. Since then, he has not set foot in the federal capital, while remaining the center of attention of a parliamentary commission of inquiry responsible for shedding light on his role in this attack that shocked the whole world. The latter recently organized a series of well-attended public hearings that lifted the veil on its maneuvers to stay in power.
According to Washington Post, the Justice Department is also investigating Trump’s actions during the attack on the Capitol. The witnesses were questioned before a jury about the conversations they had with the former president, his lawyers and other members of his circle, several sources reported daily in the federal capital. The department also received phone records from top members of the Trump administration in April. The media has already heard of investigations being carried out against several relatives but not against the real estate magnate himself.
On the NBC channel, Justice Minister Merrick Garland did not rule out the possibility of prosecuting Donald Trump. “We intend to hold to account any criminal responsible for (their role in) the events around January 6, for any attempt to interfere with the legal transfer of power from one administration to another. “, he said.
“It’s all a set-up”, the commission has “only thieves and pirates”, replied Donald Trump on Tuesday, very combative. “They want to hire me so that I can no longer work with you, but I don’t think it will work anymore,” he added with a smile on his face. “Four more years”, then chanted the room while applauding him, referring to the length of a possible new mandate.
Mike Pence continues to distance himself
The chance of the calendar, his former vice-president Mike Pence also visited Washington on Tuesday, where he took advantage of a speech in front of young conservatives to mark his difference with Donald Trump. “We don’t agree on priorities,” he said, launching a program centered on fighting abortion and protecting the right to bear arms and religious freedoms.
“It is very important (…) not to give in 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 outcome of 2020 election.
Donald Trump never admits defeat. Evoking, without any proof, “massive electoral fraud”, he spent most of his public interventions for two years denouncing “a stolen election”.
However, he called off this speech on Tuesday. “I always say I ran once and won, then ran again and won more votes,” he said. Before adding, “I might have to do it a third time!”, promising “details” in the coming weeks.
Ron DeSantis is growing up
Donald Trump remains a centerpiece of Republicans. He appears to retain a core of loyal supporters, which will put him in pole position if he decides to seek the nomination.
But critics tarnished his image, allowing his opponents — such as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — to gain ground. Nearly half of Republicans voting in the primaries prefer a candidate other than Donald Trump, according to a recent poll by New York Times and Siena College.
Last week the wall street journal and the New York Postwhich belongs to the influential Murdoch family, published editorials disparaging the behavior of Donald Trump on January 6, 2021.
However, his speech was followed at the highest level. “You may say I’m old fashioned, but I don’t believe inciting a mob to attack police officers shows ‘respect for the law,'” tweeted Joe Biden.
“If you are pro-insurgency, you cannot be pro-police, or pro-democracy, or pro-American,” continued the 79-year-old president, who may also run for a second term in 2024.
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