Donald Trump hints that he will run for US President in 2024

The former president called the investigation into the Capitol riots “crazy” (Image: Getty Images)

Donald Trump may make another attempt at US President and is unrepentant about the Capitol Riots he is accused of instigating.

At the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Nashville yesterday, he called the Congressional investigation into what happened “crazy.”

The former president, who is accused of sending his supporters into a frenzy after losing the 2020 election, has been labeled a “theatrical production of partisan political fiction”.

It was his first public appearance since the committee began its hearings, and it was every bit as bombastic as himself.

He still doesn’t seem to have accepted losing the last race for the presidency and is repeating false claims of voter fraud.

Speaking to religious conservatives at a sprawling resort near the Grand Ole Opry House, Trump insisted he had done nothing wrong.

“What you are seeing is a complete and utter lie. It’s a complete fraud,” he said at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference.

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Trump was unrepentant while speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference yesterday (Image: Getty Images)

He dismissed the video footage and testimony provided by the committee – including first-hand accounts from senior aid workers and his own family members – as having been selectively edited.

He also downplayed the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol Hill riot as “a simple protest that spiraled out of control.”

Trump’s appearance at an event long known as a testing ground for presidential candidates comes as he pondered when he could officially launch another campaign at the White House.

According to people familiar with the discussions, the debate revolves around whether to make a formal announcement later this summer or fall, or traditionally wait until after the midterm elections in November.

While allies insist he is yet to make a final decision on his plans, Trump has been broadcasting his intentions for months and teasing them further yesterday.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on Jan. 6, 2021, Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they push barricades to storm the US Capitol in Washington DC -- impeachment prosecutors broadcast chilling, never before Footage of senior US politicians seen fleeing for their lives during the attack on Congress by Donald Trump supporters in January on the second day of the former president's Senate trial. With meticulous, descriptive presentations, Democratic impeachment executives led senators through hours of video, some from surveillance cameras and police bodycams, aired for the first time. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP) (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)

He continues to deny responsibility for inciting the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

Former President Donald Trump speaks at the Road to Majority conference on Friday, June 17, 2022 in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Trump repeated false claims of voter fraud and still doesn’t appear to accept defeat (Image: AP)

“One of the most urgent tasks for the next Republican president – I wonder who that will be,” Trump once said, triggering a standing ovation and “USA!” chants.

“Anybody want me to run for President?” he asked the crowd, unleashing more cheers.

Ralph Reed, Chair of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, said: “We don’t know if he will run or not, although I certainly think given his speech that he wanted everyone to know that this is his plan.”

“I think a lot of Trump’s future plans are based directly on (Joe) Biden, and I think as more Biden stumbles on the world stage and on the domestic stage, people forget the downside, the dark side, of Trump’s presidency. said Bryan Lanza, a GOP strategist and former Trump campaign official.

An announcement in the near future could complicate efforts by other ambitious Republicans to start their own campaigns.

For example, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who served as ambassador to the United Nations under Trump, has said she will not run against him.

Former President Donald Trump speaks at the Road to Majority conference on Friday, June 17, 2022 in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Trump called the hearings “theatrical production of partisan political fiction” (Image: AP)

In this image from video released by the House Select Committee, rioters enter the Capitol on January 6 as the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol on Thursday, June 16, 2022 holding a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (House Select Committee via AP)

Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, furious that their idol lost the election (Image: AP)

And there are also concerns that a near-term announcement could hurt Republicans as they enter the final stages of a midterm congressional campaign that looks increasingly favorable to the party.

A Trump candidacy could unite otherwise despondent Democratic voters and revitalize the energy the party raised in the 2018 and 2020 campaigns.

Republicans want November’s election to be designed as a referendum on the first two years of Biden’s presidency.

They don’t want anything, including Trump, to derail them from this trajectory.

A long list of other Republicans have laid the groundwork for their own possible campaigns.

Some have made it clear that a Trump candidacy would have little impact on their own decisions.

These include Trump’s former Vice President Mike Pence, who was hailed by the January 6 committee as someone who put national interests ahead of his own political considerations.

Ahead of a White House bid, Pence maintains a tight political schedule aimed at drawing attention to Democrats’ vulnerabilities.

But his challenges were significantly eased on Friday as Trump continued to blast him for not going along with his plan to overturn the 2020 election results.

While he denied ever calling Pence a wimp, Trump slammed his former deputy, saying, “Mike didn’t have the guts to act.”

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