Former President Donald Trump made a bold declaration at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday.
The former president stated that the Republican Party is "never going back to the party of Paul Ryan, Karl Rove, and Jeb Bush," as Breitbart News reported.
During his speech, he listed several "villains and scoundrels" that he hopes to liberate the United States from, including globalists, communists, and the fake news media.
Trump rallied the CPAC crowd, stating that with their help, they will demolish the deep state, expel the warmongers, and drive out the globalists and communists.
He also promised to throw off the political class that hates America, beat the Democrats, and expose and appropriately deal with the RINOs (Republicans In Name Only).
Trump even went so far as to say that they will evict Joe Biden from the White House and liberate America from these villains and scoundrels once and for all.
During his speech, Trump highlighted how the Republican Party has transformed since the beginning of his political career in 2015.
He criticized politicians, including some Republicans, who seek to "destroy our great social security system." Trump stated that they are not going back to people who want to raise the minimum age of social security to 70, 75, or even 80, and who are out to cut Medicare to a level that it will no longer be recognizable.
Trump also took aim at politicians who want to give unlimited money to fight foreign wars, calling them "endless wars" and "stupid wars." He stated that they are never going back to a party that supports such actions.
The former president's speech at CPAC comes as the Republican Party is grappling with its identity and direction. While many Republicans are still loyal to Trump, others have distanced themselves from him following the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Some within the party are calling for a return to a more traditional conservative platform, while others are embracing Trump's message.
Trump's speech shows that he is still a powerful force within the party and is willing to take on establishment figures who he believes do not represent the interests of the American people. However, it remains to be seen how much influence he will have over the direction of the party going forward.
The speech also highlights the deep divisions within the Republican Party, as Trump supporters seek to reshape the party in their image.
The question remains whether the party will be able to unify behind a cohesive platform that appeals to a broad range of voters or whether it will continue to be divided between Trump loyalists and traditional conservatives.
Regardless of the outcome, Trump's speech at CPAC shows that he is not ready to fade away from the political scene just yet. His continued presence in the Republican Party will undoubtedly shape the direction of the party for years to come.