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Former President Donald Trump hinted at a 2024 presidential election on Saturday in a speech full of culture war rhetoric and attacks on his political enemies, including President Biden, the January 6 Committee and more.
The keynote was the keynote address for day two of the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit. Trump’s speech was attended on a Friday night by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is considered along with Trump as a potential top candidate for the 2024 GOP.
Teasing his own possible run in 2024, Trump said on Saturday he won the 2016 election, falsely claimed he won the 2020 election and said, “Now we may have to start over.”
“If I stayed at home, if I announced that I was not going to run for office, the persecution of Donald Trump would stop immediately,” Trump also said later in the speech. “But that’s what they want me to do. And you know what ? There’s no way I’m doing this.
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The comments came after Donald Trump Jr. earlier in the evening did not take the possibility that Trump could announce a presidential candidacy before November off the table at the request of Fox News Digital.
Among the culture war issues Trump tackled were academic controversies, including critical race theory.
“Across the United States, we must put in place strong bans on teaching American children racially, sexually and politically inappropriate material in any form,” he said.
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“You wouldn’t trust these people to babysit your children for 20 minutes. And why should we then let them educate millions of American students for six hours a day, year after year, after year,” he said. -he adds.
Trump also attacked transgender participation in women’s sports, making animated gestures and mocking voices as he told stories of biological men winning women’s sporting events.
“It’s not politically correct to do what I just did…people aren’t allowed to talk about it,” Trump said.
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Trump further attacked the Biden administration over its coronavirus vaccine mandates for the military. He said the United States should “rehire every patriot who was shamefully discharged from the military with excuses” and “back pay.” And he said the right needs to engage in corporate culture wars the same way Democrats do.
“The radical left attacks these companies by boycotting them, and for some reason the Republicans and the right don’t,” he said. “The only way to stop this extremism and remove radical politics from corporate boards and HR departments is to do to the left exactly what the left is doing to us.”
Trump has also shot some of his political enemies. He called Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., “awful,” and decried moderate Republicans as Sens. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.
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He called the Jan. 6 Committee “an unelected committee of political thugs,” attacked Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, over allegations of collusion between Trump and Russia in the 2016 election and more.
Trump closed his speech with more overt hints of another presidential election, saying that with Biden in the presidency, his re-election slogan of “keeping America great” is now outdated. But, Trump said, “we will make America great again.”
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