Last night at the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference, former President Donald Trump delivered his first public address after leaving the White House.
In the almost 90-minute-long keynote, Trump touched on a variety of subjects.
He began with the future of the country and the Republican party, then continued with election fraud claims, the 2024 elections, and critique of the Biden administration.
In case you don’t have an hour and a half free time to watch the speech, we got you covered. Here are our five takeaways from last night.
Trump will not be starting a new political party
“We’re not starting new parties. They kept saying, ‘He’s going to start a brand new party,’ – we have the Republican party, it’s going to unite and be stronger than ever before. I am not starting a new party. That was fake news.” This was the commentary from Donald Trump’s side regarding the rumors of him separating from the GOP after the election.
Trump continued blaming Democrats and their “fake media” for spreading false rumors. He joked that they’re only doing that in order to drive a wedge between GOP voters.
“Fake news. Wouldn’t that be brilliant? Let’s divide our vote, so you can never win? No. We’re not interested in that”.
He eluded to possibly running again in 2024
After reassuring voters that he will remain a part of the Republican party, the ex-President made several statements about a third run for office.
“I may even decide to beat (Democrats) for the third time”, he said early on in his keynote.
He elaborated on this first statement towards the end of his speech, saying: “With your help, we will take back the House. We will win the Senate, and then a Republican president will make a triumphant return to the White House – and I wonder who that will be.”
Trump targeted the GOP members that turned against him
Large portions of Donald Trump’s speech were devoted to the GOP’s future. On multiple occasions, he reassured the audience in his belief in the bright future that awaits the GOP.
However, in separate moments, while he was on stage, Trump suggested that the 17 members of his party that turned on hum should be voted out of Congress.
“Get rid of them all,” he said to the conservative voters who were listening to him last night.
Election fraud claims were abundant
Donald Trump didn’t miss a chance to state his views on the 2020 elections again. The former president made several statements during his time on stage and re-affirmed his stance on the results.
“The election was rigged” he voiced, while the crowd chanted “You won! You won!”. Trump went even further than usual and attacked the Supreme Court stating they “didn’t have the guts or courage to make the right decision.” This was said in refrence to the news that broke out last week that the Court has rejected Trump’s election fraud claims.
He criticized the new policies of the Biden Administration
Nearing the end of his keynote, Trump spoke a little bit about Biden and the course of the country currently.
“Joe Biden has had the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history,” he said. “Already the Biden administration has proved that they are anti-jobs, anti-family, anti-borders, anti-energy, anti-women and anti-science. In just one short month, we have gone from America first to America last.”
Trump devoted chunks of his speech to “protecting the integrity of women’s sports” from “biological males”, who will shatter records that have existed and stood for decades. As he always manages to, the former president managed to find the most polarizing part of the Equality Act and turn it into the focal point of the conservative agenda.
Of course, his remarks on protecting females and their sporting leagues were met with a standing ovation from the audience.