Former President Donald Trump’s keynote address at Faith & Freedom’s “Road to Majority 2022” conference was highly anticipated. As usual, he did not disappoint. While addressing the crowd at the Grand Ole Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee, Trump, in his typical pugilistic fashion, took aim at the activist media, President Joe Biden, the Democratic House Select Jan. 6 Committee and even former Vice President Mike Pence. While he did not answer the question that has been on everyone’s mind for over a year, he did once again hint at a future third run for the White House.
At various points during his speech, Trump savaged the committee that is supposedly investigating the origin of the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the US Capitol building. He referred to the committee’s hearings as a “theatrical production of partisan political fiction” and told the audience that “what you’re seeing is a complete and total lie. It’s a complete and total fraud.”
The former president also pointed out how members of the committee, specifically Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), deliberately edited evidence to promote a false narrative. He referenced Cheney’s decision to read a tweet from Trump when he wrote: “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long.”
Cheney then skipped over his next sentence, which read: “Go home with love & peace. Remember this day forever!”
Pence was also a target of Trump’s ire. The former president criticized Pence for not supporting him during the certification of the 2020 presidential election. “I never called Mike Pence a wimp,” Trump began. “Mike Pence had a chance to be great. He had a chance to be, frankly, historic, but just like Bill Barr and the rest of these weak people, Mike did not have the courage to act.”
Trump called Pence a “human conveyer belt” and a “robot” for allowing the counting of the votes to proceed instead of pushing back. Others, including members of the former president’s staff, have insisted that Pence did not have the constitutional authority to halt the election or to send the votes back to state legislatures as Trump suggested.
Throughout his speech, the former president reiterated his claim that the 2020 presidential election was rigged. He referenced Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary, 2000 Mules, saying, “Did anybody see that [documentary]? It can’t be disputed. These are government tapes where they’re stuffing ballot boxes, to put it crudely, they’re stuffing ballot boxes on government tapes. And what did they say? They go, oh, that was debunked. That was debunked.”
The culture war over education also came up during Trump’s speech. He discussed the efforts of school districts to inject far-left ideas on race, gender, and sexuality into K-12 classrooms. Critical race theory was first on the chopping block. “Under a Republican Congress, we will ban critical race theory once and for all under the next Republican president. Any institution that seeks to implement these racist theories should be charged with a violation of federal civil rights law,” he bellowed. Going after schools inculcating children with progressive gender ideology. The 45th president said:
“Our children are captives to unhinged Marxist educators who are pushing inappropriate sexual, racial and political material on our children from the youngest possible age. They’re not old enough to think the current education system is so upside down that school prayer is banned. But drag shows are absolutely allowed to do whatever you want. You can’t teach the Bible, but you can teach children that men get pregnant and that Kindergarteners are allowed to pick their own gender.”
He added: “You would not trust these people to babysit your children for 30 minutes. And we should not let them educate millions of American students six hours a day, year after year.” Later in his talk, Trump teased another presidential run. “One of the most urgent tasks facing the next Republican president — I wonder who that will be,” he said, eliciting an outpouring of applause and cheers from the audience. “Would anybody like me to run for president?”
While Trump has not yet formally announced another bid for the White House, he has been dropping hints since early last year. Some reports suggest he is growing impatient with not being able to declare his intent to run. Others have speculated that he is waiting until after the upcoming congressional elections to finally announce his decision. But one thing is clear: Whether he runs or not, President Trump is still the de facto leader of the Republican Party.
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