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Donald Trump calls for Republican Party unity

Former US President Donald Trump Former US President Donald Trump
Conrad Doyle | 03 March, 2021, 08:54

Donald Trump made his first official speech since leaving the White House at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday.

Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Committee in Orlando, Florida on Sunday, the 74-year-old leader, who left the White House on January 20, stopped short of announcing to run for the president in 2024, although he gave enough indications that he is moving in that direction. Look at Russia. Look at India.

Trump's tumultuous final weeks in office saw his supporters launch a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6 in an attempt to block Congress from certifying Biden's election victory, a win that Trump falsely claimed was tainted by widespread fraud.

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The Americans Keeping Country First super PAC will serve as a sister organisation to Adam Kinzinger's PAC Country First, which the legislator created in order to purge the Republican party of Trump's influence.

"We live in an increasingly polarized country where members of both parties are being pushed further to the right and further to the left, and that means too few people who are actively looking to find common ground", Portman said in a statement at the time.

"The White House doesn't have 50 votes to confirm Neera Tanden as OMB director, and yet we heard the White House chief of staff say that the White House is going to fight their guts out - "fight our guts out" was the phrase he used - to get her confirmed.

It means law enforcement, very strong protection for the Second Amendment, support for the forgotten men and women who have been taken advantage of for so many years", Trump said. He once again alleged that the elections were "rigged", according to AP.

As The New York Times notes, "Trump read a sort of hit list of every congressional Republican who voted to impeach him, all but vowing revenge".

"A Republican president will make a triumphant return to the White House. I wonder who will that be?" he said.

McConnell has since said he would "absolutely" support Trump if he were the GOP nominee in 2024. The party base is for the most part fiercely loyal to the former television celebrity, but some have questioned his chances of winning an election should he stand again in 2024.

In a straw poll conducted at the conference, almost seven in 10 respondents said they want him to run again.

In his speech, the former president reiterated his allegation that there was massive electoral fraud in the November 2020 presidential elections and asserted that he had actually won it.

Trump's continued influence within the party seems secure, but translating that influence into another presidential nomination - if he wants it - is no sure thing.

Still, Trump fervour at the four-day CPAC event has been so strong that Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., declared it "T-PAC", and participants rolled out a golden statue of the former president. Ex-presidents typically step out of the spotlight for at least a while; Barack Obama was famously seen kitesurfing on vacation after he departed, while George W. Bush said he believed Obama "deserves my silence" and took up painting.

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