While talking to a conservative conference in Florida, former President Donald Trump told his supporters that he has no plans to launch a new political party. He maintained that such a step would split the Republican vote nationwide.
In his first speech since his rival President Joe Biden took presidential office, Trump also hinted that he might run for the country’s top office in 2024. Besides, he also criticized his successor’s policies, arguing that the US policy had gone from “American first to America last.” Trump’s remarks come days after the upper chamber of the US Congress acquitted him in his second impeachment trial.
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The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is America’s top meeting of the conservative politicians and activists and traditionally gives insight into the direction of the Republican party. Experts suggest that Trump’s latest appearance at the public event showed that he has continued influence over the party even though some senior lawmakers are distancing themselves from the former commander-in-chief.
With loyalists, including his son Donald Trump Jr Texas Senator Ted Cruz, the mood of the conference has been extremely pro-Trump since it began on Thursday. Meanwhile, the former president remains banned from social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook, over his response to the deadly riots that unfolded in the US Capitol and resulted in five fatalities.
Since leaving the presidential office, Trump and his wife Melania Trump have been living at their Mar-a-Lago mansion in Florida. When the former president appeared on the stage at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, he was cheered by his supporters, who were not wearing facemasks or practicing social distancing. Additionally, he described the rumors about him starting a new political party as fake news and categorically dismissed the idea.
Despite the unprecedented violence in January and losing the November presidential election, the latest reports suggest that Trump remains quite popular among Republican voters. An opinion poll revealed last week that almost forty-six percent of Trump voters said that they would vote for the former president if he created his party. Moreover, during his speech at the conference, Trump repeated his unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud and irregularities and refused to accept his defeat.
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