Flirting with a new presidential candidacy in 2024, Donald Trump, banned from social networks, gave his first televised speech in months on Saturday warning that the “america survival“depended on a Republican victory in parliamentary elections next year.
If the former American president has found his campaign music, the tone was more calm, contained, in front of some 1,200 guests at the convention of the Republican Party of North Carolina than during his famous big meetings.
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During a flowing speech of around 1.5 hours in Greenville, in the southeastern United States, the 74-year-old billionaire once again touched on the idea of a new candidacy in 2024, “a year that I look forward to“, to applause.
And repeated his unfounded allegations of massive electoral fraud during the presidential election in November 2020. “This election will go down in history as the greatest crime of the century“, launched the one who has still not explicitly recognized the victory of his Democratic successor, Joe Biden, nearly five months after leaving the White House.
In the audience, a woman wore a cap with the message: “Trump a gagné“.
Banned from social networks since the murderous assault on the Capitol on January 6 by his supporters, who denounced the “vol“of the election, the billionaire had not given a televised speech since February.
Despite this silence, he remains as influential as ever among Republicans and, posing as the maker of kings, distributes, through daily press releases, his electoral support for the parliamentary elections of “midterms“of November 2022 … or the vitriolic criticisms of his enemies.
Joe Biden’s start of tenure criticized
“America’s survival depends on our ability to elect Republicans at all levels, starting midterms next year.“, did he declare.
Immigration clandestine “at record levels“, “our companies plundered by foreign cyber attacks“, the price of gasoline”exploding“, he portrayed a calamitous image of the start of Joe Biden’s mandate.
“America is despised and humiliated on the world stage“, s’incline “ahead of China“, he accused.
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The 45th President of the United States has also taken up other major popular topics among Republicans, such as the defense of the right to bear arms, the “indoctrination“supposedly schoolchildren in public schools where racism is talked about, causing applause.
“Responsible” for the vaccination campaign
The public, on the other hand, remained silent when they said to themselves “very proud“to have bought”billions of dollars of this vaccine before we even knew it worked“. “We saved millions and millions of lives“, he hammered, without eliciting a reaction.
The United States has the heaviest death toll in the world, with nearly 600,000 deaths from Covid-19.
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Despite the trauma of the attack on the Capitol and his theory, dismantled many times by the courts, of electoral fraud, few Republicans have distanced themselves from Donald Trump.
Because many still see it as a valuable asset for “midterms“, during which they hope to regain control of Congress. An unprecedented influence for an American president yet defeated after a single term.
The grim record of the pandemic under his tenure and “dangerous speech is apparently not enough for Republicans to break with a losing president“, tackled a spokesperson for the Democratic Party, Ammar Moussa.
Accused by the House of Representatives of “incitement to insurgency“In the assault on Capitol Hill, Donald Trump was acquitted by the Senate in February after a second impeachment trial, for lack of sufficient votes on the Republican side.
The “next time“
Provocative, Donald Trump let loose on Friday that “the next time“that he would be in the White House, he would not invite Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg, outraged at having been suspended on the social network for two years. An unprecedented decision.
Also banned from Twitter, the former president again pinned the boss of Facebook on Saturday: “We can’t let that kind of people run our country“.
As for a return to the platform? “I’m not really interested“.