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Trump ignores Republican calls to avoid repeating false election claims

World Jul 26, 2022 06:33PM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump hands out caps to supporters next to Vice President Mike Pence, as he holds a campaign rally at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S., November 2, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 2/2

By David Morgan and Eric Beech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump ignored pressure from some fellow Republicans to avoid repeating his false claims about a stolen 2020 election on Tuesday, insisting that he won his second bid for the White House and would not allow his perceived enemies to bar a return.

In his first speech in Washington since leaving office 18 months ago, the former U.S. president stopped short of declaring his candidacy in the 2024 presidential election but predicted Republicans would retake the Senate, House of Representatives and the White House.

"I ran the first time and I won. Then I ran a second time and I did much better ... and you know what? That's going to be the story for a long time, what a disgrace it was. But we may just have to do it again," Trump said in a 93-minute speech to the conservative America First Policy Institute.

Mike Pence, who was vice president under Trump and may seek the White House in 2024, distanced himself from Trump's repeated election falsehoods, saying at a separate event earlier in the U.S. capital that conservatives needed to focus on the future to win.

"I don't know that the president and I differ on issues. But we may differ on focus. I truly do believe that elections are about the future," Pence said across town at the Heritage Foundation think tank.

"In order to win, conservatives need to do more than criticize and complain. We must unite our movement behind a bold, optimistic agenda," he said.

Trump used his speech to paint a picture of an America plagued by crime, violence, drugs and invasions of illegal migrants. He predicted a future federal government controlled by Republicans that he said should impose the death penalty on drug dealers, use the National Guard to stop violence in states and cities and relocate the urban homeless to tent encampments on the outskirts of U.S. cities.

Last week the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol depicted Trump as ignoring pleas of family and aides to intervene as he watched his supporters on live TV attack the seat of Congress for hours in a failed bid to stop certification of his loss.

Trump dismissed the panel as "hacks and thugs."

"They really want to damage me so I can no longer go back to work for you. And I don't think that's going to happen," Trump said.

Trump remains the leading figure in the Republican Party. But while he flirts with a 2024 presidential run, his standing has weakened slightly, with some 40% of Republicans saying he is at least partly to blame for the Jan. 6 riot compared with 33% in a poll conducted as the hearings got under way six weeks ago, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

The Jan. 6 committee is trying to build a case that Trump's efforts to overturn his defeat by Democrat Joe Biden in November 2020 constitute dereliction of duty and illegal conduct, rendering him unfit to return to the White House.

Waning popularity could encourage potential rivals to run, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is among those maneuvering for possible Republican primary challenges in 2024.

Signs of new momentum have emerged in a U.S. Justice Department probe into the Capitol assault and an alleged scheme by Trump allies to overturn the election with fake electors.

Former top Pence aide Marc Short last week became the highest profile official to appear before a federal grand jury investigating the two issues.

Trump ignores Republican calls to avoid repeating false election claims
 

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gab nea
gab nea Jul 27, 2022 2:12PM ET
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the twice popular vote loser lost by almost 8 million votes. you hitch your wagon to this guy he will make you commit illegal acts and lie for him. good luck
Jeremy Recore
Jeremy Recore Jul 27, 2022 9:54AM ET
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Trump won 2020 by a long shot you will see!
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 27, 2022 9:54AM ET
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This is absolutely correct. I was having dinner last night with Mike Pillow and the Kraken at Cosmic Pizza, and Mike said he just received a ginger mint with new data about all the dead Venezuelans who voted in Georgia. He said Trump will be reinstated on August 11th and we both agreed the Kraken should swear him in. TRUTH!!! !!!!!!! TrUe !!!!!!!!
Jeremy Recore
Jeremy Recore Jul 27, 2022 9:54AM ET
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Trump won 2020 by a long shot you will see!
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Jeremy Recore Jul 27, 2022 9:52AM ET
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TRUMP WON 2020!!! YOU WILL SEE°°
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jul 27, 2022 9:04AM ET
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"Trump ignores Republican calls to avoid repeating false election claims"  -- geez, there is a shocker
Bob Collins
Bob Collins Jul 27, 2022 9:04AM ET
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Not false. Thats why. Biden is the big lie. And the Big Guy.
gab nea
gab nea Jul 27, 2022 8:49AM ET
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the republicans are pondering whether they should continue to lie for trump or not. are they not committed to the truth? who would vote for them? I forgot you will of course. no moral values?
Peter Andersen
Peter Andersen Jul 26, 2022 12:23PM ET
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How can people Vote on him it crazy
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jul 26, 2022 12:23PM ET
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carlos guo  "his approval is nearly in the 20s now"  -- so just to be clear, now we can trust the poll numbers again?
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jul 26, 2022 12:23PM ET
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carlos guo  "And to be fair, not a lot of people actually voted for Biden if you do not count the fake ballots dumped after the election."  -- really?  in Texas alone Biden got 2 million more votes than 2016 Trump/2008 McCain/2012 Romney, and according to the Texas governor and AG and its election board the 2020 Texas election result was clean and certified, so nice try
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jul 26, 2022 12:23PM ET
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2m more votes is the total of the differences, Biden got 500 ******more votes than each of them
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 26, 2022 12:23PM ET
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This is true, hundreds of thousands of ballots dumped after the election and all the people involved, from state to state, from tip to bottom, from election workers, to law enforcement, to judges couriers and operatives, absolutely not one of them has spilled the beans, nor has a single record been found to document the crime, NIR has a single person been indicted. Now, you might think that means that no election fraud happened, but that's just what they want you to think. The very lack of any proof or even any sliver of evidence is exactly all you need to see to know that, in fact, an orchestrated theft of the election occurred. WAKE UP PEOPLE! ABSENCE OF EVIDENCE IS EVIDENCE GALORE !!!!
Peter Andersen
Peter Andersen Jul 26, 2022 12:21PM ET
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Trump is a spoiled child that not will Amit he is a loser
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Peter Andersen Jul 26, 2022 12:20PM ET
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Send him to jail idiots trump is a spoiled child that not will amid he is a loser
 
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