In his widely anticipated return to the public square, former President Donald Trump held little back in his first speech since leaving the White House in January. In a little more than 90 minutes, Trump repeatedly criticized his successor for what he called the "most disastrous first month of any president."
"Joe Biden has had the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history, that's true," Trump said. "Already the Biden administration has proven that they are anti-jobs, anti-family, anti-borders, anti-energy, anti-women, and anti-science. In just one short month, we have gone from America first to America last."
Combining two of what he said were the Biden administration's greatest failures, the former president lamented that American schoolchildren were still learning from home, while illegal immigrants were being provided better education.
"The Biden administration is actually bragging about the classroom education they are providing to migrant children on the border while at the same time, millions of American children are having their futures destroyed by Joe Biden's anti-science school closures," Trump said. "Think of it, we're educating students on the border, but our own people, children of our citizens, citizens themselves, are not getting the education that they deserve. There's no reason whatsoever why the vast majority of young Americans should not be back in school immediately."
Trump blamed President Biden's fealty to teachers unions as the culprit as to why America's youth continue to be "shamefully betrayed…locked in their homes" for no legitimate reason.
The former president also left little to the imagination in terms of his future plans. After claiming that the Democrats did not "legitimately" win the election, Trump said to raucous applause, "Who knows? I may even decide to beat them for a third time, okay?"
Trump returned to that theme at the end of his speech, promising that Republicans would soon be making a "triumphant" return to the White House. "I wonder who that will be," the former president said wryly. "Who, who, who will that be? I wonder."
Throughout the remainder of the speech, Trump called on states to implement their own "major sanctions" against tech companies that censor conservatives, blasted biological men participating in women's sports, paid tribute to the late Rush Limbaugh, and questioned the "guts" of the Supreme Court for their refusal to wade into the election controversy.
Prior to his speech, it was announced that Trump had won the annual CPAC presidential straw poll by a wide margin, carrying 55% of the vote.