Former U.S. President Donald Trump, in his first public speech since his defeat, criticized President Joe Biden’s administration’s ongoing fight against the pandemic and began lying about the election results again. He spoke at the North Carolina Republican Party convention.
Former President Donald Trump returned to the political scene Saturday with a speech at the Republican convention, where he railed against his successor and predicted that the Republican Party would win the 2022 midterm elections. After a nearly four-month hiatus from public speaking, Trump took the stage, praising local and federal officials and candidates – and blasting “radical Democrats.”
“As we gather tonight, our country is crumbling before our eyes. Crime is on the rise, police departments are being torn apart. Drugs are flooding the streets, gas prices are rising, our industry is being looted by foreign cyberattacks. This is disrespect for our country and our leaders,” Trump said.
Trump, 74, has taken a more restrained tone than before, though he still berates the country’s current leadership, criticizing rising inflation, the cancellation of the Keystone Pipeline and international relations. “America is being humiliated on the world stage, our freedom is being overtaken by a toxic culture of cancellation. Our border is wide open, illegal immigration is skyrocketing to unprecedented levels,” said the former president.
“Unfortunately, the current administration is very timid and downright corrupt when you look at all the money China has given to the entire Biden family. And instead of holding China accountable, the Biden administration has stopped investigating the origin of the virus. What’s going on?” – Trump also noted.