As expected, ex-President Donald Trump’s Sunday remarks at this year’s edition of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, were a doozy. In what was his first public appearance since leaving the White House over a month ago, he peddled some of the same conspiracy theories that inspired the rioting at the U.S. Capitol last month, when some of his supporters hoped to forcibly stop the formal certification by Congress of the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Loud boos for the World Health Organization at CPAC.
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) February 28, 2021
Trump began with existentialist fearmongering like the incitement that led to the rioting at the U.S. Capitol last month. As he put it:
‘Our security, our prosperity, and our very identity as Americans is at stake like perhaps no other time… I want you to know that I am going to continue to fight right by your side. We will do what we’ve done right from the beginning, which is to win.’
Trump droning on about not keeping the oil in Iraq.
He literally has nothing to say.
It's all the same old 'hits'.
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) February 28, 2021
Amazingly, among other things, Trump subsequently complained about current “unsanitary conditions” at detention facilities for migrants as though his own administration didn’t entirely flout basic sanitation concerns at just about every meaningful turn. Later on, he also reiterated his long held racist conspiracy theory that countries from which immigrants emerge are “not giving us their best and their finest.”
“The world is actually a small piece of the universe.” — Former President Trump
— Matt Viser (@mviser) February 28, 2021
Trump added as follows, discussing Biden’s supposed failure to enforce American law as president:
‘This alone should be reason enough for Democrats to suffer withering losses in the midterms and to lose the White House decisively four years from now. Actually, as you know, they just lost the White House, but it’s one of those things. But who knows! Who knows — I may even decide to beat them for a third time.’
When he referenced his imaginary two past election victories against Democrats, the crowd cheered, so there’s clearly an appetite for dangerous election conspiracies within the Republican Party.
Eventually, on a similar note, he added:
‘Had we had a fair election, the results would have been much different, and we would have had a deal — we would have had a deal with Iran within the first week.’
And eventually, Trump added that Democrats “cheated so much,” which is not a substantiated claim. The conspiracies went on and on — eventually, Trump insisted that he “won the election twice,” which is just detached from reality.
"We won the election twice," lies Trump, at CPAC, completely unconcerned that this lie led to an attack on the Capitol and the deaths of multiple Capitol police officers.
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) February 28, 2021
While at CPAC, among other points, Trump also complained about the Biden administration’s approach to reopening schools amidst the pandemic and credited his own now defunct administration with having potentially “saved large portions” of the world through their support of the COVID-19 vaccine development process. As was the case when he’s made similar claims in the past — the Trump administration provided financial support, which seems like a very low bar. Health companies did the work.
Will Donald Trump run again?
"Who knows?" he tells the Conservative Political Action Conference to a round of applause https://t.co/jUdSPFppCD pic.twitter.com/xY3ZLP6DI8
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) February 28, 2021
As he moved through a laundry list of conservative grievances, Trump also claimed that the Second Amendment is “in far bigger trouble than you know,” which is false. Democrats are not plotting to somehow do away with the Second Amendment. Trump also insisted that gas prices would imminently get up to six or seven dollars a gallon because of the Biden administration’s policies, which is not reflective of reality.
Trump also peddled some of his dangerous election conspiracy theories in the lead-up to his address at CPAC, although he no longer has a Twitter account, hampering his reach. Nevertheless, he repeatedly reiterated his delusional belief that he was the rightful winner of the 2020 presidential election, despite the fact that believing this idea, at this point, would require a belief in a staggering level of secret conspiracy across all meaningful levels of government, since the entire presidential transition process has long since played out.
Watch Trump’s full remarks at the link below: