Trump returns to the scene of his tarnished legacy

When Donald Trump boarded Air Force One and said goodbye to Washington on Jan. 20, 2021, he was considered a political pariah. The Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol cast doubt that he could ever show his face in D.C. again, let alone entertain running for president.

Flash forward to July 2022, and the former president is not only still the most popular figure in the GOP but got a hero’s welcome before a friendly audience in his first return to the nation’s capital. Trump spoke at the America First Policy Institute’s first annual summit on Tuesday, just a handful of city blocks from the site of the insurrection that defined his presidency. He showed no remorse — but exhibited all the tell-tale signs of a man eager to run for president again in 2024.

“I ran the first time and I won. Then I ran a second time and I did much better. We got millions and millions more votes,” Trump said. “We may just have to do it

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