Donald Trump took the stage for his hotly anticipated speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Sunday and mocked trans people, slammed Democrats, and continued insisting he won the 2020 election.
“I won the first one. We won the second,” the former president said. “What a disgrace to our country.”
At one point, the crowd started chanting, “You won! You won!”
Mr Trump also played down speculation that he would start a new political party, but hinted that he might run again in 2024.
“Who knows, who knows, I may even decide to beat them for a third time, OK?” the ex-president said to the pumped up crowd.
Mr Trump also hammered the Biden immigration agenda throughout his speech, and warned the crowd that embracing civil rights protections for LGBTQ+ people via the Equality Act will mean “women’s sports as we know it will die.”
Mr Trump’s remarks were criticised as transphobic for using derogatory terms for trans women and girls, like calling them “biological males.”
President Joe Biden has said he will not be paying attention to his predecessor’s speech in Orlando, Florida.
Government won’t seize Paul Manafort’s swanky Hamptons mansion after Trump pardon
As the ex-president prepared to re-litigate the 2020 election on the CPAC stage, his former campaign manager Paul Manafort was still locked in litigation from the 2016 election.
That is, until prosecutors on Friday decided they won’t seize a lavish Hamptons mansion and other New York-area homes from Mr Manafort, who was convicted of financial crimes in 2018 as part of the Mueller investigation, because he was pardoned by Donald Trump last year.
I’ve got the scoop on this last vestige of Russiagate.
Trucks outside CPAC with ‘January 6th Reunion’ on them ahead of Trump speech
Donald Trump’s speech at a conservative conference was branded a “January 6th Reunion” on trolling truck billboards driven around outside the event.
The ex-president’s supporters infamously attacked the US Capitol on that date to try and prevent the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory.
Read all the details about this provocative callback.
Trump claims total credit for vaccines almost exactly a year after saying Covid would disappear ‘like a miracle’
Donald Trump claimed total credit for the Covid-19 vaccines in a speech to the conservative CPAC conference in Florida almost exactly a year after saying the virus would disappear ‘like a miracle.’
The ex-president said that his administration was responsible for a “modern day medical miracle” and that Republicans should get all the praise for fighting the coronavirus.
“As conservatives and Republicans, never forget that we did it, never let them take the credit, they don’t deserve the credit, they are following our plan, this is something they call an absolute miracle,” said Mr Trump.
Graeme Massie has more info on that one.
That’s a wrap on Trump’s big CPAC speech
It’s been nearly six weeks since Donald Trump left the White House and appeared before a crowd to deliver a speech.
And while the former Republican president was over an hour late on Sunday for his keynote remarks at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, he picked up right where he left off when he departed Washington, DC on 20 January.
Griffin Connolly breaks down all the most important moments from Mr Trump’s big re-emergence.
Trump barely mentioned Texas in his CPAC speech
Even as much of the country experienced record-breaking winter temperatures, and dozens in Texas alone died during statewide blackouts, Donald Trump’s CPAC speech barely made mention of what happened. The closest he got was bashing windmills which “don’t work when you need them.”
A lack of attention wasn’t a problem in Texas, where a state lawmaker broke down as she confronted officials from the state’s energy supplier, Ercot, over numerous deaths during the catastrophic winter blasts last week.
Gino Spocchia has this dispatch from outside of the CPAC reality.
It was bound to happen: Asking for money
Towards the end of his remarks, Mr Trump directed supporters to his website and his political action committee, which has been raking in hundreds of millions of dollars since after the election.
Another member of the enemies list: Mitch McConnell
And the second big boo of the evening goes to Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, who Mr Trump took credit for rescuing in his 2020 Senate race.
Trump reads out his enemies list
Donald Trump speeches are always known for their big crowd-pleaser lines, and nothing has gotten a stronger reaction so far than the former president reading the names of those who voted for his second impeachment one-by-one, dismissing them as “hacks” and “grandstanders.”
This in the same speech slamming cancel culture and valorizing political debate.
Trump mocks transgender athletes in first speech since leaving office
Donald Trump mocked transgender athletes in his first major speech since leaving office.
The ex-president called transgender women athletes “biological males” and complained that records in women’s sports were being “smashed” by transgender competitors.
Mr Trump complained that Joe Biden’s policies “would destroy women’s sports” and said that his own views on it were not “controversial.”
Graeme Massie is following that one.