July 28, 2021

Back on stage, Donald Trump maintains the suspense over a new candidacy

Flirting with a new presidential candidacy in 2024, Donald Trump, banned from social networks, gave his first televised speech on Saturday, June 5 in months, warning that the “Survival of America” depended on a Republican victory in parliamentary elections next year.

If the former American president 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 large meetings.

During a 1.5 hour long speech in Greenville, in the southeast of the 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.

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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 ».

America “humiliated”

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 is still as influential among the Republicans and, posing as the maker of kings, distributes, by way of daily press releases, his electoral support for the parliamentary elections of the « midterms » of November 2022 … or the vitriolic criticisms of its enemies.

“America’s survival depends on our ability to elect Republicans at all levels, starting midterms next year”, did he declare. Illegal immigration “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 tenure. “America is despised and humiliated on the world stage”, s’incline “Ahead of China”, he accused.

The 45e 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” supposed schoolchildren in public schools where racism is talked about, causing applause.

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.

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.

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Electoral asset

The real estate mogul also denounced the “Radical left prosecutors 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.

Despite the trauma of the attack on Capitol Hill and its theory, repeatedly dismantled 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 who was defeated after a single term. The grim toll 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.

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Provocative, Donald Trump released on Friday that ” the next time “ that he would be in the White House, he would not invite the boss of Facebook 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 cannot let this kind of individual lead our country”. As for a return to the platform? “I’m not really interested”.

The World with AFP