Former President Donald Trump delivered the keynote address Sunday evening at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida.
“Do you miss me yet?” Trump began his address, which ran for roughly an hour and 30 minutes, before declaring that the political movement he started is “far from being over.”
“I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we’ve begun together — we went through a journey like nobody else, there’s never been a journey like it, there’s never been a journey so successful. We began it together four years ago and it is far from being over,” he said.
“Our movement of proud … hard-working American patriots is just getting started and in the end, we will win,” he added.
The speech marked the former president’s first public address since leaving the White House last month.
He spent a significant portion of the speech attacking his successor, President Joe Biden, on everything from school closures and illegal immigration to climate extremism and women’s sports.
Trump said the Biden administration’s first weeks have been “a catastrophe” for American workers and families.
Later in his speech, Trump claimed the 2020 election was “rigged” and criticized the U.S. Supreme Court for not having “the guts or the courage to do anything about it.”
He said Democrats “used COVID to cheat” and outlined an election integrity platform, including policies like voter ID laws, one Election Day as opposed to “45 or 30,” and an end to no-excuse absentee voting.
“Now more than ever is the time for tough, strong, and energetic Republican leaders who have spines of steel. We need strong leadership. We cannot have leaders who show more passion for condemning their fellow Americans than they have ever shown for standing up to Democrats, the media, and the radicals who want to turn America into a socialist country,” said Trump.
He then namechecked all of the Republicans who voted to impeach him, including “little Ben Sasse,” “grandstanders like Mitt Romney,” and “the warmonger Liz Cheney.”
“Her poll numbers have dropped faster than any human being I’ve ever seen,” Trump claimed of Cheney.
“Instead of attacking me or, more importantly, the voters of our movement, top establishment Republicans in Washington should be spending their energy on opposing Biden, Pelosi, Schumer, and the Democrats,” he added.
Trump repeatedly hinted throughout the speech that he could run again in 2024, but stopped short of explicitly saying he would.