Trump repeated his baseless accusations of election fraud and assured “not the one who criticizes democracy, but the one who tries to save it.”
UNITED STATES – Flirting with a new presidential candidacy in 2024, Donald Trump, banned from social networks, gave this Saturday, June 5 in the evening his first televised speech in months, warning that the “survival of America” depended on a Republican victory in the 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.
During a flowing speech of about 1.5 hours in Greenville, in the southeastern United States, the 74-year-old former reality host once again touched on the idea of a new candidacy in 2024, ” a year that I look forward to “, to applause. But still no decision taken.
And repeated his unfounded allegations of massive electoral fraud during the presidential election of 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 almost five months after leaving the White House.
Banned from social networks since the murderous assault on Capitol Hill on January 6 by his supporters, who denounced the “theft” of the election, the billionaire had not given a televised speech since February.
Despite this silence, he remains as influential among Republicans as ever and, posing as a kingmaker, distributes, by way of daily press releases, his electoral support for the parliamentary elections of the “midterms” of November 2022 … or the critics in vitriol of his enemies.
“America’s survival depends on our ability to elect Republicans at all levels, starting midterms next year,” he said.
Illegal immigration “at record levels”, “our businesses plundered by foreign cyber attacks”, the price of gasoline “exploding”, he painted a calamitous picture of the start of Joe Biden’s mandate.
“America is despised and humiliated on the world stage,” bowed “to China”, he accused. “Remember, I am not the one who criticizes democracy, I am the one who tries to save it”, he launched in front of the public supported by his cause.
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 supposed “indoctrination” of schoolchildren in public schools where there is talk of racism, causing applause.
The public, however, remained silent when they said they were “very proud” to have bought “billions of dollars of this vaccine before we even knew it worked.” “We have saved millions and millions of lives,” he said, without eliciting a reaction. The United States has the heaviest death toll in the world, with nearly 600,000 deaths from Covid-19.
Very close to his family, the former president gave way for a moment to his daughter-in-law Lara Trump to announce that after months of rumors, she would not finally stand for a seat in the US Senate.
The real estate mogul also denounced the “prosecutors of the radical left in New York”, while a grand jury was set up there in May to determine the charges that could weigh against him or his group.
Author: AFP with the – Huffingtonpost.fr