More than 400,000 dead Americans, millions of jobs lost and recklessly dangerous rhetoric is apparently not enough for Republicans to break with a loser president who cost them the White House, Senate and House. — Ammar Moussa, Rapid Response Director for the Democratic National Committee
More than 400,000 dead Americans, millions of jobs lost and recklessly dangerous rhetoric is apparently not enough for Republicans to break with a loser president who cost them the White House, Senate and House. — Ammar Moussa, Rapid Response Director for the Democratic National Committee
Trump dwells on 2020 during North Carolina event aimed at helping Republicans in 2022
In a nearly 90-minute speech to North Carolina Republicans gathered for their annual state convention, Trump baselessly claimed that his defeat by President Joe Biden last November was "the crime of the century" and likened the 2020 presidential contest to a "third-world" election.

"Remember," Trump told the crowd after repeating numerous falsehoods about widespread election fraud, "I am not the one who is trying to undermine American democracy, I am the one who is trying to save it."

... Trump's Saturday speech was the first stop on a summer tour that is expected to feature campaign-style rallies, high-dollar fundraisers and an overall uptick in his public appearances after months of quietly plotting the next chapter of his political career with aides and longtime advisers. It was also a major test of his ability to be an instrumental surrogate for Republicans as the party approaches a grueling midterm cycle.

While insisting that he remains eager to help the GOP retake control of the House and Senate next fall, Trump has recently ignored the advice of aides and allies to tailor his message to the future.

Multiple people inside his orbit have urged him to craft a fresh stump speech -- one that draws voters' attention to Republican policy initiatives and what the party perceives as Biden's failures -- instead of recycling debunked claims about the 2020 election or giving a platform to voter fraud conspiracy theories.


... During winding remarks Saturday night, Trump jumped abruptly from critiques of Biden and congressional Democrats to nostalgic reflections on his time in office -- offering few nods in between to the GOP's legislative agenda except to hit on culture war issues that lawmakers have used to animate the party's conservative base.

... At times, the former President sounded like he was back on stage at one of his signature MAGA rallies in 2020 -- ticking through a list of grievances involving China, Big Tech, media companies and the coronavirus pandemic. After being de-platformed from major social media sites for stoking a violent insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6 -- including a two-year ban from Facebook announced by the tech giant earlier this week -- Trump has viewed his return to the campaign trail as a way to both elevate Republican candidates running in 2022 and to maintain a connection to his base as he weighs a comeback presidential bid in 2024.

But some Democrats seized on the former President's reemergence, suggesting that Republicans will suffer electorally for continuing to bear hug Trump.

"More than 400,000 dead Americans, millions of jobs lost and recklessly dangerous rhetoric is apparently not enough for Republicans to break with a loser president who cost them the White House, Senate and House," Ammar Moussa, rapid response director for the Democratic National Committee, said in a statement to CNN.

While facing an otherwise muted response from the crowd through most of his remarks, he received a standing ovation upon suggesting that China should pay the United States $10 trillion in Covid-19 reparations and encouraging other countries to ignore their debts to the Chinese government until such reparations are paid.

"The time has come for America and the world to demand reparations and accountability from the Communist Party of China. We should all declare with one unified voice that China must pay -- they must pay," Trump said.

... Trump's tone began to get more lively once he began ripping into ongoing legal probes of his business led by New York state prosecutors, which he likened to the two impeachment investigations he faced on Capitol Hill, and as he launched into his critique of the 2020 election.

His change in energy seemed to rev up a listless audience, many of which had been looking at their phones or yawning as Trump's speech crept over the hour-long mark.
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