In a speech on Tuesday, former US President Donald Trump hinted strongly that he might run for president again.
This week, the 76-year-old businessman returned to Washington for the first time since leaving the White House.
He spoke at the America First Policy Institute, a right-wing organization founded in 2017 following Trump’s inauguration.
“I always say I ran the first time and won, and then I ran again and did much better,” Donald Trump tried to explain.
Trump received 10 million more votes in 2020 than he did four years prior, but he was defeated by Joe Biden due to higher turnout.
“We might have to do it again.Our country needs to be straightened out. I look forward to provide many more details in the coming weeks and months.”
Trump claims election fraud again and again.
Trump also used his speech to repeat the false election fraud claims that sparked the Capitol Hill uprising on January 6.
“If I renounced my beliefs, agreed to remain silent, stayed at home and just took it easy, Donald Trump’s persecution would end immediately,” he then said. “But that is not what I intend to do.” That’s something I can’t do.”
He stated: “It was a catastrophe, that election.”
The remarks come a day after President Biden chastised Trump for standing by while his supporters ransacked the Capitol.
“The defeated former president of the United States watched it all happen for three hours as he sat in the comfort of the private dining room next to the Oval Office,” Biden said on Monday.
Pence takes a different approach.
Trump’s speech on Tuesday coincided with one delivered by former Vice President Mike Pence, who was once a staunch ally but has since distanced himself from the former president’s debunked election fraud claims.
Pence spoke to the Young America’s Foundation, an influential conservative student organisation.
“Some people may choose to focus on the past,” he further said, “but elections are about the future.”
Trump remains popular among conservatives in the United States, while Pence and other Republican establishment figures trail far behind.