Trump lambastes Biden, GOP critics
Donald Trump resurfaced on the political scene Sunday by tearing into President Joe Biden and condemning Republican opponents.
The immediate past president also proclaimed himself the leader of a GOP battling an identity crisis.
“Do you miss me yet?” Trump asked the Conservative Political Action Conference after taking the stage.
“A lot of things going on,” he added.
Trump’s attacks on other Republicans – and his support of primary challengers to some GOP lawmakers – threaten to divide the party further as it tries to regain control of Congress in 2022 and the White House in 2024.
Trump did not declare a 2024 presidential candidacy in his address to the conference of conservative activists – but he repeatedly hinted at a run while repeating his claims of Democratic vote fixing in 2020.
“Who knows? I may even decide to beat them for a third time,” Trump said to cheers. At the end of his 90-minute speech, Trump said a Republican candidate will win the White House in 2024 – “and I wonder who that will be? … Who, who, who will that be?”
Trump also discussed plans to inject himself into the 2022 congressional elections, backing Republicans who subscribe to his “Make America Great Again” agenda – and opposing GOP members who backed impeachment over his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection.
“Get rid of them all,” Trump said after calling out the names of all ten House Republicans who voted for impeachment, and all seven Senate Republicans who voted for conviction.
He also spent much of his time bashing his successor Joe Biden, claiming he has had “the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history.”
Trump called on Biden to support reopening schools, despite the pandemic, and stand up to China and its trade practices.