From Washington, ex-president Donald Trump casts the shadow of a return in 2024

On Tuesday, Donald Trump, who was back in Washington for the first time since his turbulent exit from the White House, gave a speech befitting of a campaign candidate, ostensibly toying with the possibility of competing for a new term in office.

He walked away with his head down low. Donald Trump will return to Washington on Tuesday, July 26, a year and a half after his tumultuous departure from the White House – two weeks after the storming of the Capitol. His visit, which was made possible thanks to an invitation from the America First Policy Institute, a think tank run by its allies, will take place at the National Building Museum. The millionaire, who is 76 years old, outlined an action plan that was intended for the “Republican president who will return to the White House in 2024.”

During the course of more than an hour and a half, he returned to his favourite topics, including the battle against immigration and crime, while ferociously denouncing his successor, Joe Biden, whom he claimed of having “brought the United States to its knees.” After depicting a bleak future for the nation, he casually mentioned that “the story is far from over” and that “we are preparing for an incredible comeback, we have no other choice.”

The former real estate billionaire stepped down as leader of the country in January 2021, just two weeks after hundreds of his supporters had stormed the Capitol building.

Since that time, he had not stepped foot in the federal capital, while continuing to be at the centre of the attention of a parliamentary commission of investigation that was responsible for shedding light on his role in this assault that shook the whole world. The latter only recently completed the organisation of a number of well-attended public hearings, which have lifted the veil on the moves that the former has been taking to maintain its hold on power.

Merrick Garland, the Minister of Justice, was asked about the potential of prosecuting Donald Trump the same day on the NBC channel. He did not rule out the option of doing so. He stated that “We plan to hold to account anyone is legally liable for (their role in) the events around January 6,” which refers to any attempt to interfere with the legal transition of power from one government to another. “We intend to hold them to account,” he said.

“maybe for the third time,” the candidate said.

On Tuesday, a furious Donald Trump responded by asserting that “it’s all a set-up” and that the committee is comprised of “just thugs and pirates.” With a grin on his face, he continued, “They want to get at me so that I am no longer able to work for you, but I don’t think it’s going to work.” After then, everyone in the audience started chanting “four more years” and clapping him in reference to the potential length of a new mandate.

Due to a coincidence with the calendar, his former vice-president, Mike Pence, was also in Washington on Tuesday. While there, he had the opportunity to distinguish himself from Donald Trump during a speech delivered in front of young conservatives. He rolled out a programme that centred on the fight against abortion as well as the protection of the right to bear guns and religious freedoms. “We do not agree on the priorities,” he added.

This Christian conservative added, “It is absolutely essential (…) not to give in to the temptation to look back” and “to look to the future.” He was criticising the former president for devoting too much time to challenging the outcome of the election in 2020. “It is absolutely essential (…) not to give in to the temptation to look back,” he said.

Donald Trump has never conceded defeat. Invoking allegations of “huge electoral fraud,” he has spent the most of his public comments over the past two years decrying “a stolen election.” He has provided no evidence to back up his claims. On Tuesday, he, however, restrained himself from making this remark. He said, “I usually joke that I ran for office once and won, then ran for office a second time and gained even more votes.”

Before adding, “I may have to do it a third time!” and promising “details” in the following weeks, the speaker made this statement.

“Veteran’s play”

Donald Trump continues to hold a prominent position among Republicans. It would seem that he has managed to keep a core group of devoted supporters, which would put him in an advantageous position should he choose to run for the nomination.

However, his detractors are hurting his reputation, which is enabling his opponents, such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, to make up ground on him.

According to a study that was conducted by the New York Times and Siena College not too long ago, almost half of Republican primary voters had someone else in mind except Donald Trump as their candidate of choice.

Both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post, both of which are controlled by the powerful Murdoch family, issued articles criticising Donald Trump’s actions on January 6, 2021 last week. Both of these newspapers are published by the Murdoch family.

His presentation was nevertheless attended by the highest level of personnel. Joe Biden said in a tweet that “you may think I’m old-fashioned, but I don’t believe inciting a mob to attack police officers shows’respect for the law.'”

The president, who is 79 years old and could run for reelection in 2024, proceeded by saying, “If you’re pro-insurgency, you can’t be pro-police, pro-democracy, or pro-American.” This statement was made in reference to the possibility that the president would seek a second term.

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