His address to the party believers was known to everyone who tuned in to his 2020 election rallies. He attacked President Joe Biden’s foreign policy maneuvers, claiming Biden is destroying the economy, insisting that he deserve more credit for the rapid development of Covid-19 vaccines, and arguing that America’s radical left and “demolition culture” Destroy freedoms. Most disturbing, however, was his ongoing disinformation campaign about the presidential campaign in November – also because the past few months have shown that Trump’s lies are now accepted as gospel by a majority of Republicans.
“We won’t have a country – if you don’t have electoral integrity and you don’t have strong borders, our country can be run like a dictatorship, and they would like to do that,” Trump said. “They want to silence you. You want to silence your voice. Remember, I am not the one trying to undermine American democracy. I’m the one trying to save her. ”
Trump as GOP kingmaker
On Saturday night, Trump tried to present himself as the kingmaker of the GOP and supported Republican MP Ted Budd for the race in the US Senate because he said he did not want to “run a lot of people”.
Budd, a member of the Conservative House Freedom Caucus, gained Trump’s loyalty in part because he was one of 147 House Republicans who voted against the confirmation of the January 6th 2020 election result.
Anti-Trump Republicans speak up
With Trump still firmly in control of the Republican Party and flirting with the possibility of another White House candidacy in 2024, a small but increasingly confident group of anti-Trump Republicans are speaking out to tackle his election lies . He also faces some hurdles to getting his message across as social media platforms continue to debate how to deal with his misunderstandings.
In recognition of Trump’s dangerous rhetoric, Facebook announced this week that Trump would remain suspended from this platform until at least January 7, 2023 – two years after his initial suspension – and that it would then look into the circumstances to see if he could should do again allowed.
In a post on Friday, the company said that after the two years it will “call in experts to assess whether the risk to public safety has decreased. We will assess external factors including cases of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly, and others ”. Signs of civil unrest. If we determine that there is still a serious public safety risk, we will extend the restriction for a period of time and continue to reevaluate until that risk has subsided. “
Trump called the verdict “an insult to the record-breaking 75 (million) people” who voted for him: “You shouldn’t get away with this censorship and silence,” he said in a statement on Friday.
On Saturday night, he mocked Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, claiming he had begged to come to the White House with his wife.
Prominent Republicans have increasingly voiced the damage Trump’s election lies are doing, including Wyoming MP Liz Cheney, who was ousted from her No. 3 position in the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives, and former House Speaker Paul Ryan Wisconsin.
Some, like former Virginia MP Barbara Comstock, have predicted that Trump will continue to lose votes as he continues his electoral farce.
“He’s fading as a figure,” said CNN’s Comstock Pamela Brown in the Newsroom on Saturday before Trump spoke.
“He will not be reinstated in August. He lost the election. People have to face it and accept the reality that he was an unpopular candidate and was not re-elected,” Bolton said on Saturday in the “Newsroom”. ”
Like Comstock, Bolton said Trump’s influence within the GOP is “diminishing” and warned that Republican candidates could have ramifications for supporting the former president’s disinformation campaign.
“The lies he tells don’t just harm the country. They’re particularly harmful to Republicans, and I think we need to understand that if we don’t make it clear that we think so, things Trump said are just insane, we will be slandered by our opponents, ”Bolton said.
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