Trump invigorates crowd at packed CPAC

Friday, February 24, 2017
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Associated Press

Donald Trump 2President Donald Trump gave the Republican Party another post-election shot in the arm at Friday’s 44th annual Conservative Political Action Conference held miles from the nation’s capital.

Conservatives raved that it was a breath of fresh air to have a patriotic president that lifts up American exceptionalism, which is exactly what the new commander-in-chief did before an over-capacity “standing room only” crowd.

Trump was one of the only GOP presidential candidates who did not speak at last year’s CPAC, but he said this was for good reason.

“[I] would have come last year, but I was worried that I’d be at that time too controversial,” the newly sworn-in president told the swelling, anticipatory crowd.

Trump’s top lines

After Trump’s 2017 CPAC address, a sampling of the audience was asked what their favorite – and most powerful – quotes from the president’s speech were, and one stood out as the top pick. Unsurprisingly, it had to do with his ongoing battle with the establishment media’s “fake news” …

“I want you all to know we are fighting the fake news -- it’s fake … phony … fake,” Trump orated from the podium in the ballroom near Washington, D.C., according to WND. “A few days ago, I called the fake news the enemy of the people, and they are – they are the enemy of the people.”

The president did not stop there, taking the opportunity to stand up for himself after being incessantly besieged by the mainstream media for more than a year.

“They’re very dishonest people,” Trump continued. “In fact, in covering my comments, the dishonest media did not explain that I called the fake news the enemy of the people – the fake news. They dropped off the word ‘fake.’ And all of a sudden, the story became the media is the enemy. They take the word ‘fake’ out.”

Coming in a close second was the patriotic commander-in-chief’s vow to make America’s military great again – more powerful and second-ton-none.

“We will be substantially upgrading all of our military – all of our military, offensive, defensive, everything,” Trump promised. “Bigger and better and stronger than ever before – and hopefully we’ll never have to use it – but nobody’s going to mess with us, folks. Nobody. It will be one of the greatest military buildups in American history.”

After questioning attendees of this year’s CPAC – following Trump’s invigorating speech – WND put out a list of topics that were believed to be the most important.

Besides “fake news” and rebuilding the military, here are the crowd’s top interests in declining order: bringing back jobs; reducing regulations and lowering taxes; building the wall and stopping illegal immigration; deporting criminal illegal immigrants; supporting the Second Amendment; making America great again; repealing and replacing Obamacare; supporting law enforcement; the pending new travel ban; defeating ISIS and; reducing welfare rolls.

America’s new champion

Opening up his 50-minute speech, Trump let supporters know that the next eight years will be nothing like the last eight – when former President Barack Obama minimized America’s position as a global leader – letting America know that being number one in the world is nothing to be ashamed about.

“You finally have a president,” Trump voiced after taking the stage. “It took you a long time … It’s patriots like you that made it happen.”

Even though Trump is not the most conservative president to occupy the Oval Office, his Right-leaning policies were more than enough to celebrate after Americans endured eight years under Obama – considered by many to be one of the most Left-leaning presidents in United States history … despite his election-time claim to be a moderate Democrat.

“The GOP will be – from now on – the party also of the American worker,” the president declared. “The forgotten men and women of America will be forgotten no longer. That is the heart of this movement and the future of the Republican Party.”

He impressed to those in attendance that his first and foremost allegiance is to the United States and the United States alone – not foreign nations that do not have America’s best interest at heart – even though good foreign relations were noted as being extremely important.

“There is one allegiance that unites us all, and that is to America,” Trump stressed with conviction. “The victory and the win was something that really was dedicated to a country and people that believe in freedom, security and the rule of law. It was a victory and a win for conservative values. The core conviction of our movement is that we are a nation that puts – and will put – its own citizens first.”

Hitting all the hot-button issues

Also mentioned by the president were key hot-button issues that conservatives have passionately debated with liberals ever since the 2016 presidential campaign season began – topics that he said are still on the top of his priority list.

One of the primary topics had to do with the continuous U.S.-Mexico border wall he promised extending from the California’s Pacific Coast to Texas’ Gulf Coast.

“[Trump] promised to defend America’s borders, saying his border wall is ahead of schedule,” WND’s Paul Bremmer reported from the conservative event. “He touted the fact that ICE officers are now throwing illegal alien criminals and drug dealers out of the country.”

The 70-year-old first-year president went on to champion America’s police force, an improved infrastructure, reduced spending on Arabic wars, an end to Obamacare and better energy policies to augment the U.S. economy – not foreign bank accounts.

“[Trump] promised to work with the Justice Department to reduce violent crime and support law enforcement personnel,” Bremmer added. “He spoke of the need to repair America’s infrastructure and stop throwing away trillions of dollars on Middle Eastern wars. He promised to repeal and replace Obamacare. He promised to negotiate one-on-one trade deals and lift restrictions on U.S. energy.”

The president went on to address taxes, oil, national security and ISIS to let Republicans know that he would not let them down by not following up with his election-time promises – as many former presidents have done after their inaugurations.

“[Trump] assured listeners he would reduce taxes on the middle class and demand that the pipes used to construct the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines would be American-made,” the WND report  from CPAC announced. “He promised to build up the military, ‘totally obliterate’ ISIS and keep Islamic terrorists out of America. On the latter point, he promised to take a new action in a few days to keep Americans safe.”

In their own words …

Trump supporters at this year’s CPAC supplied WND’s Garth Kant with some candid one-line statements depicting their overall take from the conservative event -- and what made it special or memorable to them:

  • “I loved it when he called CNN the Clinton News Network. They are the worst. They hate him and they just lie.”

  • “The fake news media is just not honorable.”

  • “Jobs, jobs, jobs. That’s what it’s all about.”

  • “It was so important that he emphasized getting rid of all those regulations keeping the economy down and preventing business growth.”

  • “I liked the First Amendment rights.”

  • “It was so nice to hear a president speak of American exceptionalism again, as a good thing.”

  • “When he said the GOP is now the party of the American worker.”

  • “Getting people off welfare and working again is so important; I was so glad he mentioned that.”

  • “Blue lives matter. It was good to hear him say he will have law enforcement’s back.”

  • “Faith is my base issue. I was glad he spoke about its importance.”

  • “When he blamed the Democrats for stalling his cabinet appointments. There is a legitimate way to criticize the administration if they don’t like it, but not if they won’t even give him a chance to put his people in place. That’s not fair.”

  • “He really seems to be sticking to his priorities and his promise to do what he said he’d do. Hopefully that is not an empty promise.”

  • “Putting America first gain. So good to hear.”

  • “Repealing and replacing Obamacare couldn’t be more important. People are hurting. They just can’t afford health insurance.”

  • “I really got a sense he is building a new Republican Party. When he talked about transforming it into the party of the American worker that was very encouraging.”

  • “All of it.”
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