Former President Donald Trump marked his return to the nation’s capital on Tuesday with a speech looking toward 2024 but also relitigating the 2020 election.
Trump for the most part used the keynote address at the America First Policy Institute summit to talk about the November midterms and the next race for the White House — at least temporarily setting aside his obsession with the contest he lost.
“I’m here before you to begin to talk about what we must do to achieve that future when we win a triumphant victory in 2022 and when a Republican president takes back the White House in 2024, which I strongly believe will happen,” Trump said, speaking at the Marriott Marquis in the address for his allied think tank’s America First Agenda Summit.
But in the 90-minute-plus speech, Trump was unable to resist his pull toward 2020 and the past. He took about a minute toward the end to peddle lies about his defeat almost two years ago.
“I ran for president. I won. Then I won a second time — did much better the second time,” Trump said.
He then laid out what he called “previous assaults” against him and