Trump calls for GOP unity, says he won't start another party

Ruben Hill
Марта 3, 2021

While Trump vows a united Republican Party, he has dispensed abhorrence toward members of the party who voted to impeach him, endorsing opposition campaigns in attempts to unseat some of the 10 House members who voted for impeachment.

Hats, shirts and other pro-Trump paraphernalia were on display at the conference, where attendees took photos alongside a gold statue of the former president.

His supporters have dominated this year's conference, held in Florida due to the state's loose restrictions on gatherings during the Covid-19 pandemic. While McConnell did not vote to convict Trump during the impeachment trial, McConnell suggested that the former president can be held liable for the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6 that resulted in the deaths of five people, including a Capitol Police officer.

Refusing to admit he lost the November 3 presidential election to Joe Biden, Trump offered a withering critique of his Democratic successor's first weeks in office and suggested he might run again.

Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) said it appears that Pence no longer part of the club because he refused to help Donald Trump overturn the 2020 presidential election results. I can't give you all the information, but we're about to make an announcement in the very near future that's going to make Donald Trump have the worst heartburn he's had in the post-presidency.

"Our focus is certainly not on what President Trump is saying" at CPAC, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters last week. "We will be victorious and America will be stronger and greater than ever before", Trump stated, according to CNN, before adding tantalizingly, "Who knows, I may even decide to beat them for a third time".

Donald trump said he had no plans to form a new party.

Donald Trump speaking into microphone with his right hand raised
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Al Jazeera's John Hendren, reporting from Orlando on Sunday, said the conference has brought together "the pro-Trump side of the Republican Party", which he said is now "at war with itself".

While Trump rallied the base that could push him toward another party nomination in 2024, some Republicans aren't ready to accept the GOP as the party of Trump.

Still, in his speech Sunday he insisted the only gulf in the party was "between a handful of Washington, D.C., establishment political hacks and everybody else, all over the country". "We will win", Trump said in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Another said: "We want America to be free, we don't want to lose our rights..."

"And I wonder who that will be", he offered. "Who, who, who will that be?" But they were much more ambiguous about whether he should run again, with 68% saying he should.

Without Trump on the ballot, DeSantis was the leading candidate among those polled at 43%, followed by South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who polled at 11%.

While he no longer has his social media megaphone after being barred from Twitter and Facebook, Trump had been inching back into public life even before the speech. He called into conservative news outlets after talk radio star Rush Limbaugh's death and has issued statements, including one blasting Mitch McConnell after the Senate Republican leader excoriated Trump for inciting the Capitol riot. McConnell has since said he would "absolutely" support Trump if he were the GOP nominee in 2024. While he has already endorsed several pro-Trump candidates, aides have been working this past week to develop benchmarks for those seeking his endorsement to make sure the candidates are serious and have set up full-fledged political and fundraising organizations before he gets involved.

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