Fact check on Trump’s false election claims in CPAC speech

Former President Donald Trump on Sunday gave his first major speech since leaving office, and picked up exactly where he left off: attacking opponents and spreading false claims, including the fact that the 2020 election was stolen. . from he.

Trump’s inaccuracies in his speech at the end of the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando were largely nothing new. It was largely pulled with well-worn material from the grievances and grievances that have filled the time of his demonstrations since the beginning of his political career in 2015.

Sarah Longwell, a Trump critic and executive director of the Republican Accountability Project, called the speech a “boring and heated version of his greatest hits.”

But Trump’s unrepentant repetition of his claims of election fraud was noteworthy in light of the January 6 attack on the Capitol, which Trump did not mention. And his old attacks on wind power added exaggerated claims that he was responsible for the recent Texas outages.

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The election was ‘rigged’

Unfounded claims of election fraud are a staple of Trump’s policy. He launched unsubstantiated claims of elections stolen in 2012, the 2016 primary and general elections, the 2018 midterm elections, the 2020 Democratic primary and the November 3 election that made him one-term president.

He planted the seeds of electoral doubt months before the votes were counted, declaring in August, “the only way we’re going to lose …