ORLANDO, United States, February 27, 2022 (AFP) – Supporters of Donald Trump wait for his speech every Saturday (26) at the annual convention of the American Conservatives (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida. And the former president didn’t let him down: He launched a series of attacks against Joe Biden’s Democratic government, again making baseless allegations of electoral fraud and promising a Republican future.
The 75-year-old former president didn’t need much to innovate to convince an audience he won once again, demonstrating his great ability to mobilize a Republican base from atop a stage.
Standing ovations, chants and booze at Republican rivals repeatedly interrupted Trump’s words as he described his country as a place on the brink of the abyss, burdened by inflation, crime and radical leftists.
“If you put together the five worst presidents in the history of the United States, they wouldn’t have harmed Joe Biden and his administration,” Trump declared in his nearly 1.5-hour speech.
The Republican billionaire called the Democratic government “weak” and “incompetent” and assured, as he did in an interview with Fox News this week, that the Russian invasion of Ukraine would not have happened to him in the White House.
– Victims – In several moments of his speech, the 45th US president repeated his allegations of electoral piracy in 2020, without evidence, to applause from the audience.
He has once again presented himself as a victim of harassment by the press, justice and his political opponents, recalling the impeachment trial opened against him in 2019 that could, in theory, allow Ukraine to deal with the affairs of Joe Biden’s son. asked to investigate. ,
“If I agreed to stay on the sidelines, if I stayed home and said I was not going to run (for the president), the harassment would stop immediately,” he said.
Republicans claimed to leave a country with a thriving economy and greater immigration controls, as well as contribute to world peace – something ruined, he said, by his Democratic successor.
And, in some of the most laudable moments, he accused Democrats of trying to “extinguish the identity of Americans” and take away their freedoms, a message often repeated in CPAC.
Throughout the day, there was an electrifying atmosphere in the great Conservative Congress, awaiting the speech of the true Republican Party leader.
Hats with the slogan “Make America Great Again” appeared everywhere, and the halls were filled with people of all ages. To many conservatives, Trump is the “providental man,” the man they hope to see back in the White House in three years.
Maria Bohm, 59, is among those who came to Orlando to share this message.
“Let’s be with him, because he protects God, protects family, protects my existence. He protects my values. Period,” he claimed.