Donald Trump took the stage to close out the Conservative Political Action Conference on Sunday. The former President used his 90-minute address to look back on the past four years in office and hinted toward the possibility of a run in 2024. He also repeated the lie that he won the 2020 election.
“I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we began together four years ago is far from over,” Trump said in his first speech leaving Washington. “We are gathered this afternoon to talk about the future — the future of our movement, the future of our party, and the future of our beloved country.”
The former president went on to ask the crowd if they missed him before declaring himself the winner over Joe Biden.
“Actually, as you know they just lost the White House,” Trump said of Democrats. “Who knows, I may even decide to beat them for a third time,” he added. But Trump didn’t officially say if he intended on running in four years, just saying his political journey was “far from over.”
Trump said that he is “not starting a new party,” but put fellow Republicans who have crossed him on notice, rattling off each of the 17 Republicans who voted to impeach or convict him for his role in provoking the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
He also went after the U.S. Supreme Court for rejecting his election challenges.
“This election was rigged,” Trump said, prompting the crowd to chant, “You won! you won!” “They didn’t have the guts or the courage to make the right decision,” he added of the high court.
Trump won a straw poll at CPAC on Sunday, with 55% preferring him for a presidential run in 2024. While 95 percent said they wanted the Republican Party to advance Trump’s agenda, just 68 percent said they wanted to see Trump himself run again. A model the GOP is likely to adopt over the next four years.