Trump accused Democrats of using the law and the powers of government to silence
“their political opponents
” and advance
“the radical agenda of their party.
” He alluded to the fact that his former personal lawyer
, Rudy Giuliani, has now had his law license suspended
a Washington, DC, e anche temporarily lost his license in New York after advancing election lies
“The radical left Democrats are turning the law itself into a weapon for partisan persecution,” Trump ha detto. “Look at what they’re doing to incredible people like Rudy Giuliani.”
“There are now two sets of laws in this country — one for the left wing mob, the rioters and the rampagers … who can do whatever the hell they want to whomever they want to do it. And there is another set of rules for law-abiding conservative Americans who happen to be Republicans, who simply want to speak their minds and exercise their rights to talk about the election,” Egli ha detto.
At a gathering branded as “America UnCanceled,” election integrity ranked as the top issue facing the country for CPAC attendees when measured by the organization’s straw poll. When gauging interest in the potential 2024 White House candidates, organizers asked attendees to answer two questions ranking their top choice. One question included Trump on the list and the other did not.
Trump topped the list of roughly a dozen candidates that included him with 70%, while Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis won the support of 21%.
DeSantis, who did not even draw a mention by name from Trump during the former President’s recent rally in Florida, was the clear winner when Trump was not a contender.
DeSantis was backed by 68% of CPAC attendees in the second question omitting the former President, followed by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at 5% and Donald Trump Jr. a 4%. Trump’s approval rating amongst CPAC attendees was 98%.
While many CPAC attendees railed against critical race theory, “cancella cultura,” and the hand of government as a looming “big brother” hovering over Americans’ lives and decisions during the Covid-19 pandemic, Trump’s insistence that his 2020 contest with Joe Biden was rigged is still dominating the GOP agenda eight months after the election.
Republican-led states have advanced scores of restrictive voting laws
, justifying their actions by citing Trump’s nonsensical claims that there was widespread election fraud
e Georgia have already passed laws curtailing access to the ballot
, e Texas lawmakers are engaged in a special session of the Legislature debating their own proposals that could make it harder to vote
. Durante 2021 legislative sessions
, il Brennan Center for Justice tracked at least
389 bills to restrict voting that were introduced in
GOP lawmakers have also tried to advance post-election audits to undermine confidence in the democratic system as they attempt to curry favor with Trump. Some Republican lawmakers have cited the so-called audit in Maricopa County, Arizona, as a model for potential reviews in their states.
Florida Sen. Rick Scott used his moment in the CPAC spotlight Sunday to condemn the For the People Act, calling it a political power grab and accusing Democrats of playing the race card to defend the proposed legislation.
“We should call it what it is, it’s called the corrupt politicians act,” Scott told the crowd. “They don’t want free and fair elections, they want elections only Democrats can win.”
Scott made the case for voter ID laws and encouraged Republicans to remain steadfast in their pursuit of state-based legislation that, in many instances, could make it more difficult for constituents to vote.
“Voter ID is not racist, it’s common sense,” Scott ha detto. “Our goal is maximum participation and zero fraud — periodo.”
Democrats have condemned the voting legislation proposed in many GOP-led states as “Jim Crow 2.0.” But Scott said Republicans shouldn’t fear that their efforts to pass voter restrictions could be criticized as racist.
“We’ve got to stop being intimidated,” Scott ha detto. “They’re going to call us racist no matter what we do.”