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 …