Trump: ‘Our most dangerous people are insiders’ | New Policies
Former President Donald Trump had some harsh words Saturday night for the people he blames for the world’s ills: “the fascists.” “Idiot” political leaders. “Really mean people.” And people who are “afraid to do the right thing”.
He wasn’t talking about Russian President Vladimir Putin, who the former US president said again Saturday night at the Conservative Political Action Conference that he was indeed “smart.” While Trump spent a brief portion of his 85-minute speech in Orlando decrying Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the Republican saved most of his vitriol for Democrats and Republicans he believed weren’t. be on his side.
“The socialists, globalists, Marxists and communists attacking our civilization have no idea what sleeping giant they have awakened,” Trump told a packed and cheering crowd, referring to President Joe Biden and the ruling Democrats, asking the Americans to “stand up”. left-wing fascists.
Trump lashed out at “RINO” GOPers (Republicans in name only) who he says aren’t voting or behaving the way he thinks Republicans should. He even fired his own Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, suggesting the judge’s votes on High Court rulings were driven by fears of impeachment over accusations of sexual misconduct raised during the lawyer appointment hearings.
“I believe he’s afraid to do the right thing,” Trump said. “I really do.”
With much of the world and the American political community coming together in support of Ukraine against a Russian attack that many fear could serve as a model to undermine democracies around the world, Trump had a perfect opportunity on Saturday. evening to change your tone. But instead of railing against foreign aggressors and autocrats, Trump listed grievances against him personally and called for the defeat of those who got in his way.
While touting how well he got along with foreign autocrats, such as Putin, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trump lambasted a wide range of American enemies, ranging from Democratic leaders to those who advocate for transgender children or endorse the mask. and vaccination orders.
“Our most dangerous people are the people on the inside,” Trump said.
In an indirect reference to a third run for the Oval Office, Trump said, “We’ve done it twice and we’ll do it again. We’re going to do it a third time.” He did not, however, explicitly say he would seek a second term after losing re-election in 2020.
The former president began his speech by acknowledging the conservatives present at the event, including Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, Sen. Bill Hagerty of Tennessee and Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma. He did not mention several high-profile speakers — such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Trump administration Secretary of State Mike Pompeo or Senator Ted Cruz of Texas — who are all potential candidates for the presidential nomination. of the 2024 GOP.
Trump made a point of praising Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia. The Republican congresswoman is under fire for speaking at a white supremacist event elsewhere in Florida on Friday. RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel released a statement saying “white supremacy, neo-Nazism, hate speech and bigotry are disgusting and have no place in the Republican Party”, but she did not not mention Greene’s name.
Trump also made a point of criticizing Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, a Republican. The former president praised Sen. John Kennedy, the junior senator from Bayou State, but pointedly said the “other” senator is “not that good, I’ll be honest.” Cassidy voted to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial in early 2021.
About 24 minutes into his speech, Trump turned his attention to Russia’s brutal attack on Ukraine, calling the assault ‘appalling’ and ‘something that should never have happened. “.
But Trump has directed most of his responsibility for the invasion at Biden, saying Putin would never have dared to attack Ukraine if he, Trump, was still in power.
“As everyone understands, this horrible disaster would never have happened if the election hadn’t been rigged and I was the president,” Trump said. “Very simple – it would never have happened.”
Trump’s first impeachment was rooted in accusations that he threatened to withhold essential military aid from Ukraine unless his leader helped dig up Biden’s family. Trump was acquitted of those charges in the Senate.
On Saturday night, Trump called the episode one in which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy absolved him of any wrongdoing. He said Putin told him when he was president that he “had an affinity” for Ukraine but that the Russian leader would never have acted unless Biden was in charge.
“The problem is not that Putin is smart, of course he is smart. The real problem is that our leaders are stupid,” Trump said. “They allowed him to get away with this travesty and assault on humanity.”
“Putin plays Biden like a drum,” Trump said. “It would have been so easy for me to stop this travesty from happening.”
In a nod to the CPAC event’s culture-war-laden agenda, Trump derided “critical race theory,” which he said he would ban from discussion by any entity receiving a federal funding. He said he sided with Canadian truckers protesting vaccination mandates by blocking roads.
“Either you’re with the peaceful truckers or you’re with the leftist fascists,” Trump said. At an earlier rally, Trump was booed by his own supporters when he said he got vaccinated.
As for the Supreme Court — now a third of Trump’s appointees — the president expressed disappointment. Accusing Democrats of considering a plan to ‘pack’ the High Court with additional people, the former president said, ‘the way the Supreme Court is behaving’, maybe ‘Republicans should pack the Court supreme”.
The high court has ruled against Trump on some critical cases, including one rejecting his efforts to deny Congress information about the Jan. 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill because of “executive privilege.”