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Trump Defends His Record, Rallies his Base in SAS 2022 Speech

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Former President Donald Trump talked on Saturday night on the second day of Turning Point’s Student Action Summit (SAS) 2022 in Tampa, Florida. Trump talked to a packed conference hall for over an hour, defending his record as President, attacking Biden’s job performance, and hinting at a new candidacy in 2024.

The 45th president arrived at the Tampa Convention Center at 8:30 P.M and delivered a long speech where he made a big emphasis on the policies and results from his administration achieved in his four years in office, and compared them with the record of the current administration, “Two years ago, it [USA] was so strong, so powerful, so respected all over the world (…) we’re no longer respected any longer by anybody” the President said to the audience.

Trump defends his record on the economy, foreign affairs, and the border

Trump touted his policies on the economy, foreign affairs, and the border.

On the economy Trump noted that during the pre-COVID years of his administration “we had no inflation”, adding that “every single (demographic) group was doing better historically, than they had ever before”, and criticized the Biden approach to energy policy by saying that during his government “we were energy independent and dominant (…) now we are a beggar nation”

The former president also remarked on his track record on foreign policy, saying that during his time in office “we had no problem with Russia, no problem with North Korea, no problem with China”. He also said that the Russian invasion of Ukraine  “would have never happened under a Trump Administration, Russia would never have done what they did”  and also noted that during his time in office “we had China in check, paying us hundreds of billions of dollars (…) with our tariffs and taxes against them.”

Trump also criticized Europe’s energy policy, saying that “I predicted that Germany was going to destroy their economy because they decided to shut down their nuclear energy and relied on wind (…) and you know what happened? That happened, because now they are going to coal, they are going to nuclear and they are begging Russia.”

Trump also defended his policies on the border, saying that during his administration “we built hundreds of miles of border wall (…) despite democratic lawsuits” and added that the border was “the best and safest in US history” during his time in office.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump hinted at a 2024 run during his speech (EFE)

Trump rails against Biden and the Democrats

The 45th president also heavily criticized the current administration’s track record. He focused a substantial part of his speech lambasting Biden over the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan on August 2021, calling it “the most humiliating day in the history of our country” and saying that the Taliban now possess American weapons, helicopter, trucks, and planes after the retreat.  

Trump also talked about current issues, criticizing the left’s policies on cultural issues. Trump noted that in America “you can’t teach the bible but you can teach kids that America is evil and that men can be pregnant”, he also commented on transgender athletes in sports saying that “we must also keep men out of women’s sports” as he thinks it is “so disrespectful of women” and that it is “the opposite of women’s rights.”

He also railed against cancel culture, saying that a democracy can only exist as long as there is free speech, and accused the left of wanting to transform America into a “Venezuela with steroids.” He also went against big tech and criticized corporations, saying that they are persecuting dissenters and called for the audience to “boycott woke corporations, just like the radical left boycott us.”  

Trump also reiterated his claims on the 2020 election, saying that he “I ran twice, I won twice” and accused Democrats of opposing voter ID in order to engage in voting fraud. He called for both voter-ID laws, same-day voting, and paper ballots for the next election.

Finally, and amid speculations over the 2024 Republican Presidential race, he said the efforts against him (referring to the January 6th commission) would stop if he announced he is not going to run for public office again, but he said to the audience that they knew that is not going to happen, fueling rumors over a new run for the presidency in 2024.

Daniel is a Political Science and Economics student from the University of South Florida. He worked as a congressional intern to Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) from January to May 2020. He also is the head of international analysis at Politiks // Daniel es un estudiante de Cs Políticas y Economía en la Universidad del Sur de la Florida. Trabajo como pasante legislativo para el Representate Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) desde enero hasta mayo del 2020. Daniel también es el jefe de análisis internacional de Politiks.

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