Donald Trump repeated false election claims in the speech

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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump on Tuesday defied pressure from some fellow Republicans to avoid repeating his false claims about a stolen 2020 election, insisting that he is making his second bid for the White House. have won and will not stop their enemies from returning.

In his first speech in Washington since leaving office 18 months ago, the former US president stopped short of announcing his 2024 presidential bid but predicted that Republicans would retake the Senate, House of Representatives and the White House. .

“I ran the first time and won. Then I ran the second time and I did a lot better … and you know what? That’s going to be the story for a long time, what a disgrace. But we might have to do it again.” Trump said in a 93-minute speech to the conservative America First Policy Institute.

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Mike Pence, who was vice president under Trump and may seek the White House in 2024, distanced himself from Trump’s repeated election lies, earlier saying at a separate event in the US capital that Conservatives need to focus on the future to win.

“I don’t know that the president and I differ on issues. But we may differ on focus. I believe the election is about the future,” Pence said at the Heritage Foundation think tank across town.

“To win, conservatives need to do more than criticize and complain. We must unite our movement behind a bold, optimistic agenda,” he said.

Trump used his speech to portray an America plagued by crime, violence, drugs and illegal immigration. He predicted a future federal government controlled by Republicans that he said would impose the death penalty on drug dealers, use the National Guard to curb violence in states and cities, and house the urban homeless. Move to tent camps on the outskirts of American cities.

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Last week, a congressional committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, showed Trump ignoring pleas from family and aides to intervene as he spent hours trying unsuccessfully to stop his supporters on live TV. Saw the attack on the Congress seat. Confirm his loss.

Trump dismissed the panel as “hacks and thugs.”

“They really want to hurt me so I can’t go back to work for you now. And I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Trump said.

Trump is the leading figure of the Republican Party. But as he flirts with a 2024 presidential race, his standing has weakened slightly, with nearly 40 percent of Republicans saying he is at least partially responsible for the Jan. 6 riots. while in a survey conducted during the hearing, the number was 33 percent. Six weeks ago, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

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The Jan. 6 committee is trying to make a case that Trump’s efforts to reverse his November 2020 defeat by Democrat Joe Biden constitute dereliction of duty and illegal conduct, allowing him to return to the White House. becomes ineligible for

Declining popularity could encourage potential challengers to run, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is among those maneuvering for potential Republican primary challenges in 2024.

There have been signs of new momentum in the US Justice Department’s investigation into capital attacks and an alleged scheme by Trump allies to rig the election with fraudulent voters.

Mark Short, a former Pence aide, became the highest-ranking official to appear before a federal grand jury investigating both cases last week.

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