Former President Donald Trump ramped up his third presidential campaign during last weekend's four-day annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
"In 2016, I declared I am your voice. Today I add: I am your warrior. I am your justice, and for those who have been wronged and betrayed, I am your retribution," Trump told CPAC attendees as he closed the conference.
"This is the final battle. They know it, I know it, you know it, and everybody knows it. This is it. Either they win, or we win. And if they win, we no longer have a country," Trump said.
As reported by ABC News, Trump presented himself as the leader who would "save" America and distinguished himself from "establishment" Republicans.
"People are tired of RINOs and globalists; they want to see America first. That's what they want. It's not too complicated," Trump said.
"The Republican party was ruled by freaks, neocons, open border zealots and fools. We're never going back to the party of Paul Ryan, Karl Rove, and Jeb Bush," he continued.
The former president also took a shot at Republicans looking to raise the Social Security retirement age.
"We're not going back to people that want to destroy our great social security system. Even some in our own party, I wonder who that might be. That want to raise the minimum age of social security to 70, 75 or even 80 in some cases, and then a route to cut Medicare to a level that it will no longer be recognizable," he said.
Later in his speech, Trump shared a list of things he'd like to do if elected president, including securing the border and pushing for a Constitutional amendment to enforce Congressonal term limits.
Trump would also work with the nation's governors to build new "freedom cities."
"I'll challenge the governors of all 50 states, all 50 states, to join me in a great beautification campaign. We will rename our schools and boulevards, not after communists but great American patriots. We will get rid of bad and ugly buildings and return to the magnificent classical style of western civilization," he said.
Before his speech, Trump told reporters he would continue in the presidential race even if indicted.
"I wouldn't even think about leaving," he said. "Probably, it will enhance my numbers."
The former president is the subject of several investigations, including one in Fulton County regarding his attempt to overturn the 2020 election.
Trump announced last November that he would run for president again in 2024. Last month, former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley entered the race as a Republican candidate.
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