Donald Trump is prepared to further push claims he is the true winner of the 2020 election during his CPAC speech on Sunday as he plans to use his first public appearance since leaving office to springboard himself back into the political limelight.
Two people who have discussed the upcoming remarks with Trump told The Daily Beast in a Thursday report the former president will push repeated claims that the presidential election was ‘stolen’ and that he’s the true victor.
Another source familiar with Trump’s Conservative Political Action Conference speech said he will look to demand that Republicans pursue enacting crackdowns and ‘reforms’ on elections before 2022 and 2024.
In conjunction to Trump’s speech on the final day of CPAC in Orlando, Florida on Sunday, the gathering will also feature four separate panel discussions on ‘protecting elections’, aimed at attacking the integrity and validity of the contest between Trump and now-President Joe Biden.
One panel called ‘Failed States (PA, GA, NV, oh my!)’ will include an appearance from Cleta Michell, a former Trump campaign attorney who resigned from her firm after they said they were ‘concerned’ to learn about her efforts helping the former president try to overturn the election results.
Also on that panel will be Jenny Beth Martin, founder of Tea Party Patriots, a group that was listed as partner organizers for the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally outside the U.S. Capitol on January 6 that led to the storming.
Donald Trump will use his speech Sunday at the Conservative Political Action Conference to push repeated claims that he is the true victor of the 2020 presidential election
The conference, organized by American Conservative Union, which is chaired by Matt Schlapp (pictured), will include several panel discussions focused on election and voter fraud
One panel will include an appearance from Cleta Michell (left), a former Trump campaign attorney attempting to overturn the election results. Another panel will include former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt (right), who worked on Trump’s campaign and sued Nevada to overturn Biden’s victory there
Another panel called ‘Other Culprits: Why Judges & Media Refused to Look at the Evidence’ features Alabama Representative Mo Brooks, who led the charge by far-right members of Congress in objecting when Congress moved to certify the Electoral College votes last month.
That discussion will also include former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who worked on Trump’s campaign. He sued Nevada to overturn Biden’s victory there, claiming illegal immigrants voted in the election.
The other two voter fraud panels are titled ‘They Told Ya So: The Signs Were Always There’ and ‘The Left Pulled the Strings, Covered It Up, and Even Admits It’.
Chair of the American Conservative Union, the group that organizes CPAC, Matt Schlapp suggested there was validity to Trump’s fraud claims and confirmed much of the programming for the gathering this year would focus on 2020 voter fraud.
‘There was widespread voter fraud in the last election,’ Schlapp told CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. ‘Just because you fail in court doesn’t mean you don’t have a good case.
Other panel discussion at the conference, which kicked off Thursday morning, includes talks on hot button issues for conservatives, including censorship and cancel culture.
Sources say Trump’s speech will be a ‘coming out’ for the next phase of his political career and will be a chance for him to reassert his dominance as leader of the GOP.
Trump, according to his aides, will use his remarks at CPAC to send a message: I am Republicans’ ‘presumptive 2024 nominee.’
Trump allies told Axios earlier this week that former president will display his grip and influence over the Republican Party in a ‘show of force’ keynote address.
‘I may not have Twitter or the Oval Office, but I’m still in charge,’ a longtime adviser said of Trump’s planned message, adding that payback is his main motivator right now.
Also on a panel will be Jenny Beth Martin (pictured), founder of Tea Party Patriots, a group that was listed as partner organizers for the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally outside the U.S. Capitol on January 6 that led to the storming
With Biden said during his White House run that he will seek reelection 2024, it appears Trump is ready for a rematch.
‘Much like 2016, we’re taking on Washington again,’ a Trump source said.
Trump has remained uncharacteristically quiet since leaving office, sending out a few statements from his post-presidency office and just last week breaking his media silence to do interviews with the trifecta of right-leaning news – Fox News, One America News Network and Newsmax.
This address will be his first time directly addressing his supporters since leaving Washington via Air Force One for West Palm Beach on January 20, where he has remained since.