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Trump targets disloyal Republicans, repeats election lies and hints at 2024 run

PoliticsFeb 28, 2021 08:36PM ET
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By Steve Holland and Jarrett Renshaw

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former President Donald Trump hinted on Sunday at a possible presidential run in 2024, attacked President Joe Biden and repeated his fraudulent claims he won the 2020 election in his first major appearance since leaving the White House nearly six weeks ago.

Addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, Trump vowed to help Republicans try to regain majorities - lost during his presidency - in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate in 2022 congressional elections and dangled himself as a possibility for president in 2024.

"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. I wonder who will that be?" he said, smiling. "Who, who, who will that be, I wonder."

Trump's weeks away from Washington do not appear to have dimmed his anger at Republicans who voted to impeach or convict in a failed congressional effort to hold him responsible for inciting a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

He singled out several such Republicans by name, like Senators Mitt Romney and Pat Toomey and House lawmakers Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, and suggested he would support candidates who opposed them in Republican primaries.

"Get rid of 'em all," he thundered.

Trump repeated lies he has told about his Nov. 3 presidential election loss to Biden, and offered a withering critique of his Democratic successor's first weeks in office.

"They just lost the White House," the Republican former president said after criticizing Biden's handling of border security. "But who knows, who knows, I may even decide to beat them for a third time."

Trump and his allies spent two months denying his election defeat, and claiming without evidence it was the result of widespread voter fraud, before his supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 seeking to disrupt congressional certification of Biden's win.

A civil war has erupted within the Republican Party, with establishment figures such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell eager to put Trump in the rearview mirror, and others, like Trump ally Senator Lindsey Graham (NYSE:GHM), believing the party's future depends on the energy of the pro-Trump base.

Trump declared the Republican Party united behind him, with opposition coming only from "a handful of Washington, D.C., political hacks." When he mentioned McConnell's name, the crowd booed.

NO PLANS FOR THIRD PARTY

He said he had no plans to try to launch a third party, an idea he has discussed with advisers in the past couple of months.

"We’re not starting new parties. We have the Republican Party. It's going to be united and be stronger than ever before. I am not starting a new party," he said.

In a straw poll, 55% of CPAC conference participants said they would vote for Trump in the 2024 Republican presidential nominating race. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis came in second at 21%.

Without Trump, DeSantis led the field with 43%, and other potential Republican candidates had single digits.

But not everyone supported Trump. A separate question on the poll asked whether Trump should run again in 2024, with 68% saying he should and 32% opposed or having no opinion.

Still, Trump fervor at the four-day CPAC event was so strong that Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., declared it "T-PAC" and participants rolled out a golden statue of the former president.

Trump's flirtation with another run could freeze the Republican field for 2024 as other potential candidates try to decide whether they will have to compete against him. Many of those 2024 possible candidates spoke during the CPAC event.

The Biden White House dismissed Trump's speech.

"While the GOP casts about for a path forward, President Biden is going to remain laser-focused on crushing the virus, re-opening schools, and getting Americans back to work," White House spokesman Michael Gwin said after the speech.

An hour into his 90-minute speech, Trump dove deeply into his unfounded claims of election fraud, going against the advice of confidants who believe he needs to look to the future.

"We have a very sick and corrupt electoral process that has to be fixed immediately. This election was rigged," Trump said. "And the Supreme Court and other courts didn't want to do anything about it."

"You won! You won!" the crowd shouted. Trump's campaign and his supporters brought dozens of failed lawsuits trying to overturn the results of the election, which Biden won by more than 7 million votes. The fraud claims were repeatedly rejected by state and federal officials.

In the short term, Trump is making plans to set up a super PAC political organization to support candidates who mirror his policies, an adviser said.

He sought to position himself as the lead critic of the new president, including on immigration and security along the U.S. border with Mexico, and the slow reopening of schools closed due to the pandemic.

"Joe Biden has had the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history," Trump said.

Recent Gallup polls have given Biden a job approval rating well past 50%. Trump never achieved above 49%.

Trump targets disloyal Republicans, repeats election lies and hints at 2024 run
 

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Patron Silver
Patron Silver Mar 01, 2021 10:41AM ET
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gop is cooked
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To funny the split is happening as the straw poll at CPAC only showed 55% support for his 2024 run. Yet this CPAC was suppose to be dominated by trump support. Bet trump won't run as it would be devastating to him (ego) if he would loose the nomination.
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Maximus Maximus Mar 01, 2021 5:19AM ET
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No worries, if trump is not locked up before that, obesity and old age will take care of him
Viking Fire
Viking Fire Mar 01, 2021 5:06AM ET
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Trump is a ter rrorist that lost the house, senate, presidency, and georgia. He destroyed so many lives using his lies to atta ck our capital.
Clinton Powell
Clinton Powell Mar 01, 2021 1:56AM ET
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Election lies like that the Dems had nothing to do on spying in DJT in 2016-2018?
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Kelly Mayer Feb 28, 2021 11:29PM ET
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75 million people voted Trump. 18% of people had not voted for Biden had they known what the fake MSM suppresed about shady Biden family deals. Considering the guy is going full on dicator by passing exec orders like there is no tomorrow, the criminal immigrands pandemic flowing to the US now, the jobs being taken out and the suffering tax payers are going to bear because a useless 1.9 trillion stimulus (that allocates 9% to covid only while there is aabout a trillion USD unspent from the previous covid bill), and the massive WH tube channel dislike ratio, i'd say you currenty would have 100 million people voting Trump and not more than 45-40 million voting illegitimateJoe.
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Art Fire Feb 28, 2021 11:29PM ET
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No they didn't. GOP gave them no option, that is a massive difference.
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Art Fire Feb 28, 2021 11:03PM ET
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God isn't kind to people who worship golden idles, nor kind to the idle.
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Art Fire Feb 28, 2021 10:48PM ET
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There are certain people the world could have done without. *** Trump. I'm sure there's a few others.
Kevin Eddlemon
Kevin Eddlemon Feb 28, 2021 10:30PM ET
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Extreme commie propaganda article from Reuters. Shocker !!
Eric Normand
Eric Normand Feb 28, 2021 10:21PM ET
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Beijing Biden!
David David
David9 Feb 28, 2021 10:21PM ET
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Biden is smart to work with China....
David David
David9 Feb 28, 2021 10:21PM ET
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Bydon notmypres You don't care, but 99% of people all over the world cares... this is the time we all should start to learn Mandarin Chinese cause China will be the new economic engine...
Brady Murray
Brady Murray Feb 28, 2021 10:18PM ET
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Why does Biden love Beijing and Iran?
Eric Normand
Eric Normand Feb 28, 2021 10:18PM ET
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Biden is a compromised sitting president, in bed with China. And theres reports coming out that John Kerry has been doing side deals with Iran undermining the last Administration! The Biden Administration is even more corrupt than the Obamas and that is saying something!
Eric Normand
Eric Normand Feb 28, 2021 10:18PM ET
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John Kerrys side deals been going on for the last 4 years!
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Peteymcletey Feb 28, 2021 10:06PM ET
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He should have hinted at a 2024 run before 2020 elections. Would have won in a landslide so people could be sure he would never be back.
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Peteymcletey Feb 28, 2021 10:03PM ET
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Lies? Can't we just report news and not opinions?
Christian Buckley
Christian Buckley Feb 28, 2021 9:08PM ET
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The negative conversations that seem to immediately take place on any article regarding trump speak for themselves. Trump the worst thing to happen to the republican party.
Art Fire
Art Fire Feb 28, 2021 9:08PM ET
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Well said.
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Art Fire Feb 28, 2021 9:04PM ET
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The only reason Terrori st Trump who led a mob to attack and try to kil our representatives at our capital (thus destroying the american government) is saying anything is because he's scared to death he now faces charges for his treason
Patrick Turner
Patrick Turner Feb 28, 2021 9:04PM ET
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Sorry that dig wont hunt
Art Fire
Art Fire Feb 28, 2021 9:04PM ET
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Patrick Turner Terro rists are ter rorists. They usually attract more unstable people.
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Peteymcletey Feb 28, 2021 9:04PM ET
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peacefully and patriotically have your voices heard?
Eric Normand
Eric Normand Feb 28, 2021 9:04PM ET
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Lies, keep watching CNN, MSNBC, and the rest of the liberal lying media. What they do is take small clips, and turn it into something that drives their agenda. You can look up the speech from that day. It really blows my mind that there were people there that day, Biden supporters, Antifa, dressed up as Trump supporters, and leading the whole thing that happened at the Capital. All conservatives denounced what happened there that day!
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Terence Williams Feb 28, 2021 8:46PM ET
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Responses are amazing..follow party lines...Dems are afraid of him and his followers. Why ? The man is polarizding, but his America First..yah..I'm in. De Santis might be good too.
Robert Ja
Robert Ja Feb 28, 2021 8:46PM ET
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democrats are not afraid of trump only bunch of Republican senators are.
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Ad Cline Feb 28, 2021 8:46PM ET
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when it comes to insurrection, and covis, when Trump lies people die. that's why he makes so many people nervous.
Brady Murray
Brady Murray Feb 28, 2021 8:46PM ET
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Ad Cline Coumo lied and people died.
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He is good at lying, worst part is his uneducated followers do understand he is lying.
Christine Chaytor
Christine Chaytor Feb 28, 2021 8:00PM ET
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Investing.com, if you keep repeating these lies from Reuters, I'll leave your crappy site for good. Yeah, basement biden got more votes than any president ever, NOT MY PRESIDENT!!!
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Barani Krishnan
Barani Krishnan Feb 28, 2021 8:00PM ET
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Christine Chaytor, Investing.com carries news from several feeds, and Reuters happens to be one of them. If you do not wish to read something, you can click out of it. We have to cater to all readers. Thank you.
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Christine.. have you thought about not only leaving this site but perhaps immigrating to a country that supports your authoritarian views, where a cult culture.is wrapped around someone like trump. Russia might be a good choice.
Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer Feb 28, 2021 8:00PM ET
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Barani Krishnan In all fairness, i do not recall https://investing.com carrying news and respective headlines that faithfully represent and ilustrate the reality of a country who had 75 million people voting for the Republican president. I do get why you do it (and consequences if you didn´t), sadly, but saying you have to cater to all readers is quite inacurate, unless you know for a fact your readers are 95% democrats and left radical democrats. There is presure to cater to certain social and political tendencies and pressure, a certain selection of readers, clearly not an unbiased catering most of the times. I do appreciate though the low to moderate cencorship at least.
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Kelly Mayer  Thank you for the feedback. Our choice of newsfeed providers is reflective of the services that make the most important on financial markets. We are first and foremost a financial markets portal. The political and social cadences in our content have a nexus as well to our objective of presenting news with market impact. The rest, I will say, is incidental. And yes, we not moderate comments unless there is objectionable language.
Barani Krishnan
Barani Krishnan Feb 28, 2021 8:00PM ET
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Kelly Mayer  I meant to say, "our choice of newsfeed providers is reflective of the services that make the most impact on financial markets." (subbing out important with "impact" )
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BigPoppa Jcamp Feb 28, 2021 7:42PM ET
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Reuters Sheep probably think Biden won fair and square...anything contrary is probably blasphemy to their left wing religion.
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David9 Feb 28, 2021 7:41PM ET
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4 more years if he try again... he might have dementia by that time...
Vincent TT
Vincent TT Feb 28, 2021 7:41PM ET
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Trump was never president. It was a HOAX!
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HD HD Feb 28, 2021 7:41PM ET
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lol
ian fitzgerald
ian fitzgerald Feb 28, 2021 7:33PM ET
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2024!!!
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la popeye Feb 28, 2021 7:24PM ET
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H....r is back on the scene.
Tai Banh
Tai Banh Feb 28, 2021 7:24PM ET
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What did he do for americans? nothing but made a big mass
Tai Banh
Tai Banh Feb 28, 2021 7:24PM ET
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You must tell me the good reason if you think he did good thing for americans then i ll be convinced
Tai Banh
Tai Banh Feb 28, 2021 7:24PM ET
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DO not forget the JAN 6 that date was the most embarrament for americans
Gr Ka
Gr Ka Feb 28, 2021 7:24PM ET
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Biden just came in and immediately the oil went up, bombed Syria, making threats to Iran and North Korea...Do you need any more proof democrats are evil pricks?
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HD HD Feb 28, 2021 7:24PM ET
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you are a *** Syria was retaliation for bombing American assets.
Viking Fire
Viking Fire Feb 28, 2021 7:23PM ET
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How many lives trump destroyed telling them to attack our capital
Gr Ka
Gr Ka Feb 28, 2021 7:23PM ET
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none, was staged by democrats.
 
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