It was the sequel that no one asked for, yet the return of Donald Trump was just as box office as you might imagine. After leaving office, the former President made his first official speech, taking to the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida. Earlier in the day Trump’s son, Donald Junior had also appeared on stage to rile up the crowd.
Unsurprisingly, the return of Donald Trump became a study in delusional distraction, Trump taking to the stage and asking the conservative crowd, “Do You Miss Me Yet?”
The 45th President of the United States used the platform to double down on claims the election as rigged while also offering a scathing assessment of his predecessor, Joe Biden.
Trump also took time to individually name each of the Republican senators who voted to impeach him before finally addressing the issue of re-election in 2024. Here are the biggest moments from the return of Donald Trump.
On Joe Biden’s first month
“Joe Biden has had the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history,” Mr Trump said.
“They are anti-jobs, anti-family, anti-borders, anti-energy, anti-women and anti-science. In just one month, we have gone from America first to America last.”
On rumours of starting a new party
“We have tremendous unity; 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.
“What the Trump administration has done with vaccines has saved large portions of the world, not only did we push the FDA far beyond what th bureaucrats wanted to do,” claimed Trump.
“We also put up 10 billion to produce the vaccines before we knew they were going to work; it was a calculated risk.”
On running again in 2024
“Who knows, I may even decide to beat them for the third time, go again for the third time.”
Former President Donald Trump looks at himself in a mirror, held by an aide, before walking out to speak at CPAC in Orlando on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/1LsSVcziZO
— Erin Schaff (@erinschaff) February 28, 2021
On the ‘rigged’ election
“The Republicans should be the party of honest elections. Without honest elections, who has confidence? The reality is you cannot have a situation where ballots are pouring in from all over the country,” explained Trump.
“Illegal aliens and dead people are voting. This election was rigged, and the supreme court didn’t want to do anything about it.”
On Republicans who voted against him
“In the house, Tom Rice, Adam Kinzinger, Dan Newhouse, Anthony Gonzalez, Fred Upton, Jamie Herrera Butler, Peter Meyer, John Katko, David Valid, and of course the warmonger, a person that loves seeing our troops fighting, Liz Cheney. How about that?” Mr Trump said, adding, “Get rid of them all.”
Proud to be named among those other hero’s in Trumps speech!
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) February 28, 2021