It is worthwhile to read Donald Trump’s CPAC speech to better understand the candidate and his extraordinary base among Republicans and independents.
President Donald Trump returned to the Conservative Political Action Conference as candidate Trump.
As always, the CPAC audience was supportive and engaged (members gave President Trump a 62 percent majority in a straw poll compared with Gov. Ron DeSantis’s 20 percent).
However, to truly appreciate the speech, I recommend you read the transcript as it was delivered. President Trump’s staying power as a national leader is better understood by seeing the details of his approach.
First, he constantly wove in specific references to people in the audience. Other than former President Bill Clinton, I do not know anyone else who can recognize dozens of people and ad lib at the right moments throughout a long speech.
Second, he cited the facts from his five years of changing America (counting 2016 for the language and issues he raised). Trump changed the direction of American politics and government more than any other president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt. On topic after topic, he made the unthinkable into the debatable – and then the doable. He pushed for taking on China, insisting that NATO meet its obligations, revising our agreements with Mexico and Canada, controlling the border, and fighting the swamp. Again and again, Trump set new standards and charted a new direction.
Third, he contrasted his handling of the Taliban – and the methodical steps he was taking to end the Afghanistan war with dignity, honor, and safety – to the disastrous Joe Biden-Mark Milley incompetence. (Remember, there were no Americans killed in 18 months under Trump, and he had a clear commitment to keep Bagram Airfield operating due to its proximity to Chinese nuclear capabilities.) Similarly, he contrasted his America First energy policy with Biden’s American last energy strategy. Trump’s approach kept oil prices low so that Vladimir Putin could not afford to invade Ukraine. Biden has enriched Putin and empowered him to sell Russian petroleum to sustain a war. On point points, Trump was vivid and convincing.
The specificity, clarity, and power of Trump’s commitments were stunning. He vowed to “obliterate the deep state” and settle Russia’s war against Ukraine. Further he said he would greatly increase funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, and use “all necessary state, local, federal, and military resources” to find, catch and deport people in the country illegally who commit crimes and are involved in criminal gangs. In his words:
“We will pick them up, and we will throw them out of our country, and there will be no questions asked. It will be my policy to take down the cartels just as I took down the ISIS caliphate.
Trump went on in specific commitments:
“I will direct the Department of Justice to go after Marxist prosecutors’ offices to make them pay for their illegal, race-based enforcement of the law… On day one, I will revoke Joe Biden’s crazy executive order installing Marxist Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Czars in every federal agency, and I will immediately terminate all staffers hired to implement this horrible agenda… We will ban all racial discrimination by the government.
“I will fight for parents’ rights… including universal school choice, and the direct election of school principals by the parents…
“I will revoke every Biden policy promoting the chemical castration and sexual mutilation of our youth — and ask Congress to send me a bill prohibiting child sexual mutilation in all 50 states…
“I will revoke China’s Most Favored Nation trade status. I will implement a four-year plan to phase out all Chinese imports of essential goods and gain total independence from China… And I will hold China financially accountable for unleashing the China Virus upon the world.”
Fourth, more than any candidate since President Ronald Reagan, Trump has begun to vividly describe a better, more dynamic, and more exciting future:
“It is not enough just to stop the forces tearing America down. I want once again to build America up… Our objective will be a quantum leap in the American standard of living, especially for our young people. As I announced yesterday, we will hold a competition to build new Freedom Cities on the frontier to give countless Americans a new shot at home ownership and the American Dream.”
The CPAC speech is the tip of an iceberg of a whole series of positive, visionary policy videos which can be seen here – and more are coming.
For anyone who thinks President Trump will be worn down by the left, various Justice Department assaults, the continued bias of the elite media, and the ranting of the Never Trumpers, consider the most recent Emerson College Poll in New Hampshire has President Trump at 58 percent, Gov. DeSantis at 17 percent, and every other candidate in single digits.
With that big a lead, it is probably worthwhile to read the CPAC speech and try to better understand the candidate and his extraordinary base among Republicans and independents.
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