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First speech as ex-president: Trump does not want to found his own party

Status: 02/28/2021 11:51 p.m.

Trump had long actively fueled the dispute over the direction of his party. In his first appearance since leaving, he now emphasized the unity of the Republicans. And he called reports that he was about to found a new party “fake news”.

In his first public appearance since leaving office, former US President Donald Trump ruled out the establishment of a new party. “I’m not going to found a new party,” said Trump in Orlando at the CPAC conference, an event organized by conservative activists.

“We have the Republican Party.” You will be united and stronger than ever. “I will continue to fight right by your side.” Earlier reports about a possible founding of a party were “fake news”.

Sharp criticism of his successor

Trump sharply criticized the policies of his successor Joe Biden. This is unusual for a US president who has just left office, but it was expected with Trump. The ex-president accused his successor of “the most disastrous first month of a president in modern history”. Trump also again indicated a possible presidential candidacy in 2024. “Who knows, maybe I’ll choose to beat them a third time,” said the 74-year-old of the Democrats.

His appearance was accompanied by frenetic applause from the conference participants. Trump still refuses to admit his defeat to Biden. He claims to have been robbed of victory by massive electoral fraud, but has never presented any evidence. Biden got 81 million votes in the election and a clear majority of the electorate. More than 74 million Americans voted for Trump.

Trump was celebrated by his supporters in front of the venue.

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Permanently blocked by Twitter

Since Trump was voted out of office, the Republican Party has divided a political dispute that Trump had actively fueled for a long time. Most recently, he openly attacked the top Republican in the US Senate, his former ally Mitch McConnell.

Trump has lived in Florida since leaving office on January 20. Things have become relatively quiet around the ex-president since he left the White House, which is also due to the fact that the short message service Twitter has permanently banned him. Twitter boss Jack Dorsey justified this after the violent storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters with “security”.

Christiane Meier, ARD New York, on Trump’s appearance

Topics of the day 10:45 p.m., February 28, 2021

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