Headline RoundupAugust 7th, 2022

Trump Criticizes Democratic Agenda in CPAC Speech

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Former President Donald Trump on Saturday night criticized the current Democratic agenda and further hinted at the announcement of his 2024 presidential bid.

Rounding out the final day of speeches at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Trump blamed the Biden administration for damaging the country's "prestige" by withdrawing from Afghanistan and emphasized that Democrats must be dealt a "crippling" defeat in November's midterm elections. He also said the GOP should "abolish" the Department of Education and condemned the Democrats' climate and tax bill, which he argued will further exacerbate the already 40-year high inflation rate

Trump also suggested that "it’s certainly not a very long period" until he officially begins his 2024 presidential campaign, which he believes will make people "very happy" given that the country has "lost everything." Republicans attending the conference were clearly enthusiastic about Trump's political comeback — the former president "overwhelmingly" won 69% of the ballots cast in CPAC's straw poll, while runner-up Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis received 24% of the votes. If elected again, Trump said that his administration would prioritize crime reform and strengthening public safety measures

Left-rated coverage highlighted how Trump dismissed the Jan. 6 committee investigating the Capitol riot as a "one-sided witch hunt" and "baselessly" claimed that the plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was "fake." Right-rated coverage spotlighted how Trump called on the next Congress to "remove rogue bureaucrats and root out the deep state."

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