After a month of almost total silence, former President Donald Trump delivered his first speech since leaving office at the annual Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida. In his speech, Trump criticized the Biden administration’s “disastrous” first month, spoke about the future of the Republican Party, and even hinted at a possible 2024 run for the presidency.
During the speech, Trump blasted President Biden over his first actions after taking office, calling Biden’s first 30 days the “most disastrous first month of any president in modern history.”
“We all knew that the Biden administration was going to be bad, but none of us imagined just how bad they would be, and how far left they would go,” Trump said.
The former President warned that Biden’s progressive agenda could lead to communism, adding “We will save and strengthen America, and we will fight the onslaught of radicalism, socialism, and indeed, it all leads to communism.”
Trump speculated that Biden’s immigration policies could lose the White House for Democrats in 2024, before adding, “Who knows, I may even decide to beat them for a third time.” Implying that he has not yet decided whether he will make a presidential run in 2024.
After criticizing many of Biden’s controversial actions, Trump went on to talk about the future of the Republican Party, and his place in it.
“I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we began together four years ago is far from over,” former President Trump told the crowd.
Although talk of Trump potentially creating his own political party has dominated conservative social media for nearly a month after a dozen conservative House Representatives and Senators voted to impeach him, Trump insisted that he will continue to operate within the Republican Party.
Trump said, “The Republican Party is united. The only division is between a handful of Washington D.C. establishment political hacks, and everybody else all over the country.”
Trump went on to add, “Get rid of them all,” when referring to the congress members that voted for his impeachment, protesting that he will be “actively working to elect strong, tough, and smart Republican leaders.”
Trump closed his speech saying, “Our Brightest days are just ahead, and that together we will make America prouder, freer, stronger, and greater than it has ever been before. Thank you CPAC. God bless you and God bless America.”