Former President Donald Trump, in an address to Conservative Political Action Conference, said his political action committee will back Republicans to take back the House and Senate in 2022.
He has already started endorsing Republicans in advance of the 2022 midterm elections, including Sara Huckabee Sanders for governor of Arkansas, Sen. Jerry Moran for Senate in Kansas, and Max Miller for Congress in Ohio.
He didn’t say during his speech that he would take on Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, but he did mention her with a list of other Republican senators, including Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, and Liz Cheney — as Republicans who voted to convict him in the Senate. Of those, only Murkowski faces reelection in 2022.
The speech was a broad overview of usual Trump topics, including border security, the importance of fair elections, and bringing jobs back from China. He spent much of the speech talking about security along the southern border with Mexico and the nearly 500 miles of wall that was built during his presidency.
“Joe Biden has had the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history,” Trump said, as he spoke at length about the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants now flooding toward the border.
His speech came on the heels of a CPAC poll that showed 95 percent of those in attendance want the Republican Party to continue with Trump’s agenda and policies. If Trump were to throw his name in the hat for 2024, 55 percent of the attendees of the conference said would support him. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis came in second.
Trump’s speech was interrupted several times, with chants of “USA,” “You Won,” and “We Love You.”
CPAC is a bellwether event for the Republican Party, although it is not associated with the formal party. Outside the convention, hundreds gathered to wave flags and parade with their trucks.
On YouTube, more than 369,000 were watching the speech, which was the closing event of the three-day conference that featured many well-known conservative thought leaders.
Jim Acosta of CNN said that CPAC is “a Liar-Palooza.”
“Former President Donald Trump repeated his election lies on stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, Sunday, looking to reclaim his role as the Republican Party’s kingmaker as he positions himself to play a major role in the 2022 midterm elections,” CNN reported in its coverage of the event.
“Lying about the November election, which President Joe Biden won resoundingly with 306 to Trump’s 232 electoral votes, Trump teased a possible run in 2024: ‘I may even decide to beat them for a third time,'” the news organization reported.
Two Alaskans were in Orlando, Fla. for the event — Ryan McKee of Americans for Prosperity Alaska, and Nick Begich. They were photographed with with Rep. Darryl Issa of California: