Oxon Hill (USA), (EFE).- The former president of the United States Donald Trump (2017-2021) confirmed the fracture of the Republican Party in the speech with which he closed the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), in the one who threw several darts against colleagues from the political formation.
Until now, the CPAC had been considered the largest annual meeting of conservatives in the US, but this year it has been reduced to a Trumpist forum with no leading Republican figures, and this was evident in Trump’s words.
He claimed that his formation was dominated, before he came to the White House, by “a bunch of geeks, neo-conservatives, globalists, open-border fanatics, and goofballs…”.
“We will never be the party of Paul Ryan, Karl Rove and Jeb Bush again,” referring to former Republican leaders known for their moderation (Ryan was House Speaker, Rove was an adviser to former President George W. Bush, and Jeb Bush was Governor of Florida).
At another time, he criticized “entrenched political dynasties in both parties” and addressed the head of the Republicans in the Upper House, Mitch McConnell.
“Mitch McConnell is listening,” the ex-president mocked.
Later, he regretted that the Democrats are united, which, in his opinion, has prevented the country’s president, Joe Biden, or his son Hunter from being held accountable for alleged crimes of corruption that Trump assured they have committed without contributing no proof.
“The Democrats remain united, they don’t have a Mitt Romney, they don’t have values,” he complained, referring to the former Republican presidential candidate and senator from Utah who has distanced himself on numerous occasions from Trumpism.
Very low attendance at CPAC
Trump failed to fill the CPAC auditorium, which this year has been rather lackluster, with a main room more than half empty for most of the presentations.
Among the audience for the former US president’s speech were former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his son Eduardo Bolsonaro, a federal deputy, who had spoken before Trump.
In fact, at the beginning of his speech, Trump greeted Bolsonaro and his “friend” Eduardo.
Most of the attendees were convinced of the Trumpist cause, they laughed at the Republican leader’s jokes and interrupted him on several occasions with their shouts and cheers.
Trump’s Favorite Topics
For the rest, Trump went through some of his favorite topics: he lashed out at Justice for the numerous investigations opened against him; he denounced the misinformation attacking the “fake news”, as he usually alludes to the traditional media, although he usually embellishes his speeches with falsehoods; and criticized how the withdrawal from Afghanistan was carried out.
He also chested out his relationship with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and the Chinese, Xi Jinping. In that sense, he bragged that Russia did not take any countries during his tenure because he got along “very well with Putin.”
Throughout his tenure, Trump showed more affinity with leaders such as Putin, Bolsonaro or the North Korean, Kim Jong-Un, with whom he came to have an exchange of letters, than with his country’s traditional allies such as the European Union or Canada.
In this way, with a speech of one hour and 45 minutes, the former president closed the CPAC, which took place between Wednesday and this Saturday at the National Harbor Convention Center, on the outskirts of Washington.
Bolsonaro says his mission in Brazil “is not over”
The former president of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro (2019-2023), in the United States since last December, dropped this Saturday that, although he appreciates the opportunity to have exercised a mandate, his mission “is not over.”
“It’s not easy being a politician, especially when you want to honor your word and help people. At this moment I thank God for my second life and the mission of having been president of Brazil for one term, but deep down I feel that this mission has not ended”, he said at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the largest annual forum of the US right
His speech, of about 24 minutes, was one of the most anticipated of this meeting that opened on Wednesday on the outskirts of Washington and closed today with a speech by former US Republican President Donald Trump (2017-2021).
“In this land of freedom, progress and order, I feel like I am in Brazil. It is very comforting to be received like this in Brazil and anywhere in the world. I am the most beloved former president of Brazil,” Bolsonaro stressed to a like-minded audience, which did not fill the capacity.
His presentation reviewed the achievements of his term: “Brazilians who had abandoned their flag began to love it. People began to understand more about politics, about the Brazilian Congress. The names of deputies and senators, and not only those of soccer players, were part of everyday life in Brazil. I’m sure we planted a lot of seeds.”
Bolsonaro, 67, has been in the US since December 30 and is awaiting a visa change requested by his lawyer in January to stay six more months in this country, where he arrived two days before finishing his mandate.