Former President Donald Trump on Sunday firmly shut down the rumors of him possibly creating a new political party outside of the GOP.
In January, The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump had discussed launching a new party, the “Patriot Party,” with several close aides and trusted friends.
However, the former president threw cold water on such talk at the outset of his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida.
“We’re not starting new parties,” Trump said. “You know, they kept saying, ‘He’s going to start a brand new party.’ That was fake news. Fake News. Wouldn’t that be brilliant? Let’s start a new party. Let’s divide our vote so that we can never win.”
He emphasized: “No, we’re not interested in that. We have the Republican Party. It’s going to unite and be stronger than ever before. I am not starting a new party.”
In a CPAC straw poll of the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, Trump came in first place, garnering 55% of the vote. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis came in second place with 21% of the vote.
However, only 68% of the straw poll respondents indicated that they wanted Trump to run again in 2024, while 95% of respondents want the party to support the former president’s policies.
While alluding to a possible 2024 presidential campaign, Trump still refused to acknowledge his election loss, which he spent months trying to overturn through various election pressure campaigns against GOP officials across the country.
Former President Donald Trump on Sunday continued to repeat false claim that the election was stolen over a month after leaving the White House.
During Trump’s headlining appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida, Trump immediately lit into President Joe Biden, calling his tenure “the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history.”
While alluding to a possible 2024 presidential campaign, the former president still refused to acknowledge his election loss, which he spent months trying to overturn through various election pressure campaigns against GOP officials across the country.
“As you know they just lost the White House,” Trump said of the Democrats. “I may even decide to beat them for a third time.”
Trump said that under Biden, the US has “gone from America first to America last,” a nod to the enduring conservative appeal of the former president’s go-it-alone worldview.
Biden has reversed a slew of Trump administration policies since last month, rejoining the Paris climate accord, canceling the Keystone XL pipeline project, and halting the withdrawal from the World Health Organization.
“He’s wearing a business suit because he’s a businessman. The red tie represents the Republican party, the red white and blue shorts represent the fact that he’s a patriot,” Zegan told the New York Post.
Zegan said he hopes to sell it for more than $1 million or submit it to a Trump presidential library in the future.
And Trump merch for sale everywhere.
Trump, despite leaving office more than a month ago with the inauguration of President Joe Biden, was a focal point of the GOP conference.
Attendees came dressed in Trump gear, and speakers alluded to or explicitly referred to his hold on the Republican party.
“Let me tell you right now, Donald J. Trump ain’t going anywhere,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Friday to a crowd.
Trump, for his part, has embraced the idea that he maintains a strong influence in the party. He’s floated several possibilities to remain relevant in politics, such as a potential 2024 presidential run and the formation of a political action committee. His support from top GOP lawmakers indicates that Trump, while out of office, still maintains deep influence in GOP politics.
Gov. Kristi Noem defended coronavirus handling in South Dakota.
On Saturday, she slammed Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading coronavirus expert, while defending her own policies that go against guidelines from health officials.
“I don’t know if you agree with me, but Dr. Fauci is wrong a lot,” Noem said, receiving applause from the CPAC crowd.
For months, Noem has refused to issue a statewide mask mandate in South Dakota, even as the state earned a reputation as one of the 10 most dangerous when its COVID test positivity rate neared 60% in November.
Convicted felon Stone danced outside the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Florida.
He arrived at the event without a ticket and began to dance on the sidewalk next to Forgiato Blow, a rapper who’s been described as “Trump-loving” by hip-hop outlets.
Forgiato Blow was at the time rapping about Trump winning the election, which did not happen.
The two were standing by and dancing near a truck featuring a giant image of Trump in the style of “Rambo” with an assault weapon.
And he signed autographs.
Stone also posed for pics with onlookers and Trump supporters.
Conference organizers did not let him to the event since he didn’t have a ticket.
Trump in December pardoned Stone, who was found guilty of seven felonies last year in relation to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Mask-less attendees made up the crowd.
Though many attendees wore masks, many others did not.
And when a CPAC organizer urged the audience to wear a mask, she was met with resistance.
“We are in a private facility and we want to be respectful of the ordinances that they have as their private property, so please, everyone when you’re in the ballroom, when you’re seated, you should still be wearing a mask,” said CPAC organizer Carly Conley.
“I thought I was going to die,” Ocasio-Cortez said after the insurrection.
“We’re gathered at a time where the hard left, where the socialists control the levers of government, where they control the White House, where they control every executive branch, where they control both houses of Congress. Bernie is wearing mittens, and AOC is telling us she was murdered,” Cruz said.
His remarks about her come just days after she raised millions for Texans who were suffering after a storm knocked out power.
Former President Trump began his closing remarks by asking a cheering crowd, “Do you miss me yet? Do you miss me?”
Trump, who was expected to speak on the unity of the GOP, said “For the next four years, the brave Republicans in this room will be at the heart of the effort to oppose the radical Democrats, the fake news media and their toxic cancel culture — something new to our ears … and I want you to know that I’m going to continue to fight right by your side.”
“We’re not starting new parties. You know, they kept saying, ‘he’s going to start a brand new party. We have the Republican. It’s going to unite and be stronger than ever before. I am not starting a new party. That was fake news.”
“Wouldn’t that be brilliant? Let’s start a new party. Let’s divide our vote so that you can never win. No, we’re not interested in that.”
He spent most of his remarks railing against the Biden administration’s immigration policies, executive orders, and COVID-19 response, particularly around vaccines and school reopenings.
“This alone should be reason enough for Democrats to suffer withering losses in the midterms and to lose the White House decisively four years from now,” Trump said, setting off a chant of “USA, USA, USA.”
“Actually, as you know, they just lost the white house,” he added, maintaining the false claim that he won in 2020. “But who knows … I might even decide to beat them for a third time.”