Former US President Donald Trump on Tuesday reiterated his false claim that he won the 2020 election during a broad policy speech that marked his defiant return to Washington – and signaled his possible return to politics.
“I always say I ran first and I won,” he said, speaking to nearly 600 well-supported supporters in a hotel ballroom just a mile from the White House. “Then I ran a second time, and I did much better. We got millions and millions of votes. And you know what? This is going to be a story for a long time. What a disgrace it was. But we just might have to Let’s do it again. We have to straighten our game. I have to straighten my country.”
It came through more than half the 90-minute speech that was the cornerstone of Trump’s two-day inaugural meeting of the America First Policy Institute. In attendance were several Trump administration figures and Republican lawmakers who objected to the official certification of electoral votes on January 6, 2021. That event testified to the victory of President Joe Biden.
The VOA asked former House Speaker Newt Gingrich what he thought of Trump’s election victory claim, which was at the center of a series of congressional hearings that day that saw a violent rebellion attempt by Trump supporters at the US Capitol. is in.
“It’s amazing that you can take a two-hour speech and figure out those 90 seconds that you care about,” Gingrich responded as his security guard sat him in a waiting car.
A day earlier, VOA asked White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre if the Biden administration would be watching Trump’s speech.
“It’s not something I’m tracking or we’re tracking here,” she said. “I don’t know what he’s coming to talk about. I guess we’ll see when he comes tomorrow.”
Michael O’Hanlon, director of research in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, told VOA that Trump’s decision to sow doubts about the election outcome is significant.
“Most of his policy interventions and ideas I am willing to live with is because at least he was playing within the rules,” he said. “At least it is a constitutional democracy in which checks and balances and the democratic process are allowed and checked. However, when you stop respecting the outcome of the elections, simply because it gives you personal If it hurts, it’s a completely different kettle of fish.”
He continued, “I think it gets into illegal territory really quickly. And so it will be interesting to see if he is charged. It will certainly be fascinating to see what happens in the coming weeks and months.” What does he say in
“But I’m afraid it’s dangerous for our country, this kind of attitude of President Trump and his going against Democrats and Republicans, across the country, around the states, within Congress, within the system of checks and balances, just To serve your own personal, narcissistic political interest.”
The events of January 6, 2021 have been dramatically reproduced over the past month, during a series of slow congressional hearings. Those revolted a day after Trump’s recorded message to the nation showed an outtake, in which he promised an eventual orderly transition. The day after the January 6 attack, Trump still could not say that the election was over.
“I don’t want to say that the election is over,” he said during the outtake. “I just want to say that Congress has certified the results without the election being over.”
On Tuesday, he said that part out loud and called the two attempts to oust him “impeachment hoax number one, impeachment hoax number two”.
Trump has also sketched out what he describes as a “law and order” agenda that would crack down on immigrants and drug offenders and give power to law enforcement. He also expressed admiration for China’s strict drug laws and the use of the death penalty in drug cases.
“There is no greater priority than clearing our streets, controlling our borders, stopping drug trafficking, and quickly restoring law and order in America,” he said. Loaded with needles, and soaked with the blood of innocent victims. Many of our great cities, from New York to Chicago to LA, where the middle class used to flock to live the American dream, are now war zones, literally war zones. ,
Outside, several dozen protesters gathered to protest Trump’s presence. “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA,” he chanted in the street from several dozen supporters who waved large American flags and waved vuvuzela.
The local police officers stood nearby and watched.