Trump’s 108-minute speech on CPAC is slammed as ‘shameless fascism’

Donald Trump has been accused of spitting “shameless fascism” and “blood and soil rhetoric” in his rambling speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Texas over the weekend.

The former president pushed the idea from the scene in Dallas on Saturday that the United States has been decimated since he left the White House in January last year. He claimed crime was out of control and unemployment was skyrocketing – despite official figures showing it was at its lowest level in half a century.

His somber remarks sparked an uproar on social media, with Texas monthly journalist Michael Hardy accusing him of incitement to violence.

Mr Trump began his 108-minute speech at the end by saluting the ‘proud patriots’ in the audience after taking the stage to the tune of ‘God Bless the USA’.

Joined by former White House doctor and current Texas GOP congressman Ronnie Jackson, Mr. Trump noted that he “was an admiral, a doctor, and now he’s a congressman.”

He added that he asked what Dr. Jackson preferred. “He kind of pointed to a doctor, because he liked looking at my body. It was so loud and powerful,” Mr. Trump said.

“Now is not the time for complacency. We must seize this opportunity to deal with the radical left socialist crazed fascists,” he said. “We have to hit them very, very hard. It must be a crippling loss.

Former President Donald Trump delivers the closing remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Saturday, August 6, 2022

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He criticized moderate Democratic senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema for their support for the Inflation Reduction Act. The legislation authorized a procedural vote while Mr Trump spoke on Saturday, following a decisive vote by Vice President Kamala Harris. The bill then passed the Senate on Sunday.

Mr Trump went on to slam Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying he was “the most unpopular politician in the country, even more than crazy Nancy Pelosi, and something has to be done”.

He claimed that President Joe Biden “gave back our strength and our everything” during the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, adding that “they gave up our dignity”.

Texas monthly Editor-in-chief Mr Hardy tweeted that Mr Trump’s language about withdrawing from Afghanistan echoed “the Nazi ‘stab in the back’ theory of WWI loss”.

“The streets of our Democratic-run cities are drenched in the blood of innocent victims,” ​​Trump continued. “Bullets kill beautiful little children who never had a chance. The carjackers were waiting like predators.

“This is literal rhetoric of blood and soil,” Mr Hardy said, referring to the Nazi slogan expressing the idea that “ethnic identity is based solely on blood descent and territory in which an individual lives,” according to CNN.

“We need courage to say what needs to be said and do what needs to be done,” Trump added.

“This is a rallying cry for street violence and worse,” Mr Hardy tweeted.

Mr Trump claimed that “a lot of people are saying” that what the January 6 rioters were charged with “are not crimes”.

“The only countries that don’t have a drug problem are those that institute the death penalty for drug-related crimes,” added the former president.

He also called Chinese President Xi Jinping a “strong man”.

“Before the plague came, I had a great relationship with President Xi. Strongman. He’s a great guy in many ways,” he said.

“The next president should use every power at his disposal to restore order” in Chicago, Trump said.

“Even if that includes sending in the National Guard,” he added.

Mr Trump said he “wanted to send the guards, I wanted to send the troops” to areas such as Portland and Minneapolis.

“Sometimes I did, sometimes I didn’t,” he said, adding that he wanted troops to be sent to San Francisco, New York and Chicago – big cities ruled by democrats.

After calling for the relocation of homeless people from big cities, calling migrants crossing the southern border an “invasion” and listing cases of undocumented migrants committing murder, Mr Hardy tweeted that “Trump’s rhetoric is much more extreme than a few years ago. It could be [the] the scariest speech I’ve ever heard. Complete and shameless fascism”.

“Trump either read Mein Kampf or had someone read it to him,” Mr Hardy added.

He went on to say that “this is some seriously bloodthirsty shit.”

Mr Hardy tweeted that Mr Trump had called for “new legislation allowing [the] president to fire any government employee he deems corrupt. It is a call for a total purge of the government”.

Tim Miller, communications director for the 2016 Jeb Bush campaign and former RNC member, tweeted that “I know everyone in the DC GOP is just hoping Trump dies, but it’s impossible to watch this CPAC speech and not come to the conclusion that he is going to run and be very hard to beat in a primary. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news over the weekend”.

Trump’s 108-minute speech on CPAC is slammed as ‘shameless fascism’

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