US former president Donald Trump said on Sunday that he has no plans to launch a new political party, telling a conservative conference in Florida that it would split the Republican vote.
In his first speech since Democrat Joe Biden became president, he declared that he is considering a presidential run in 2024, and ruled out forming a third party as he will devote himself to building up Republican efforts to take on Democrats and others he claimed have targeted his movement.
“We began it together four years ago, and it is far from being over,” Trump said of the political journey launched by his 2016 campaign. “Let there be no doubt we will be victorious, and America will be stronger and greater than ever before.”
“We are not starting new parties,” he said. “We have the Republican Party. It is going to unite and be stronger than ever before.”
Trump also launched an expected attack on President Biden, echoing many of the themes of the Republican’s winning 2016 presidential campaign and its losing sequel in 2020. He alleged that Biden had “the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history,” before attacking the president for his position on border security policy, his erasure of Trump executive orders and his energy policies.
He predicted withering Democratic losses in the 2022 midterms and a Democratic loss of the White House four years from now, prompting a standing ovation and chants of “USA!” and “Four more years!”
He repeated his false claims about the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, which Biden won.
“Actually, as you know, they just lost the White House,” he said falsely of the Democratic Party. “But who knows, I might even decide to beat them for a third time.” Later, after predicting a “triumphant” return of a Republican president in four years, he added, “I wonder who that will be. Who, who, who will that be, I wonder.”