Former President Trump reemerged onto the political scene Sunday with his speech at CPAC. And if Democrats were hoping all their false charges of insurrection and their second failed impeachment had bullied him into silence, boy, do they not know who they’re dealing with.
Trump came loaded with a rhetorical bazooka and blasted President Biden all the way back to his basement safe space. In a speech that I would call partisan red meat if it weren’t so accurate, Trump said, “Joe Biden has had the most disastrous first month of any President in modern history. Already, the Biden administration has proven 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.”
He said Biden brags about the education being provided to illegal immigrant children on the border while enforcing anti-science school closures on American children, and that his loosening of immigration laws has triggered a “new and horrible crisis on our southern border” that’s enriching child smugglers and putting “the vile coyotes back in business.”
He also said, “Biden has failed in his number one duty as chief executive, enforcing America’s laws. This alone should be reason enough for Democrats to suffer withering losses in the mid-terms and to lose the White House decisively four years from now.”
And he was just getting warmed up.
As to whether he intends to be the candidate in 2024, Trump remained coy. But he did clear up one major misconception: he called the idea that he’s going to form a third party “fake news.” Judging from the cheers and chants of “We love you” (never has an invocation of love so chilled the hearts of ex-hippies), he already owns a political party, so why form another? As I’ve been arguing here for weeks, Trump said, “Wouldn't that be brilliant? Let's start a new party, and let's divide our vote so that you can never win. No, we're not interested in that."
Tyler O’Neil at PJ Media has more quotes from Trump’s speech and the full video if you want to watch it all.
For those pressed for time, here are five key moments.
And for those who just like reading, here’s a full transcript.