Former President Donald Trump told supporters last week that the “radical left” working to undermine the values of the United States is a movement driven by resentment and rage.
“The radical left movement that is attacking our nation is driven by a spirit of anger and hatred that most of us can barely comprehend or understand,” Trump said. “Did you ever see such hatred? Toward us? And all we want to do is a good job.”
Trump’s remarks came during a keynote address at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference, a three-day event in Nashville, Tennessee which featured speeches from a host of conservative political figures.
Trump began his address by praising the values he saw as underpinning the success and prosperity of the country: religious liberty, constitutional government and an undergirding faith in God. The former president then claimed those foundational values were under attack by leftwing extremists.
“Everything we hold dear, every last tenet of American tradition is under merciless assault from the radical left,” Trump said. “These people are taking a sledgehammer to the very foundations of our free society, trying to destroy freedom of speech, trying to crush organized religion, trying to shred our Constitution.”
The former president maintained that the radical left assault was not just a “political problem,” but a spiritual one as well. “For the radical left, politics has become their religion,” Trump said. “It has warped their sense of right and wrong.”
During his address, Trump also touched on the Jan. 6 committee currently investigating the events at the U.S. Capitol last year, calling the panel a “disgrace” and a “rigged deal.” The former president claimed the committee was tampering with evidence to produce a biased picture of the events of Jan. 6.
“The committee is taking the testimony of witnesses who defended me for eight hours, chopping it up and truncating soundbites to make it sound like what they said was absolutely terrible,” Trump said. “But remember, it’s also the people who weren’t allowed to even testify that wanted to.”
Trump concluded his speech by telling audience members that the upcoming midterm elections would be crucial in fighting back against Democrats and the radical left.