With an entrance to Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The U.S.A.”, Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States made his appearance on the CPAC 2021 stage amid cheers, applause, and chants of “USA!!! USA!!!!”
President Trump greeted the crowd: “Hello, CPAC, do you miss me yet?!” The response was a resounding “Yes”, and started the round of hoots, applause, and cheers all over again.
“So many wonderful friends, conservatives, and fellow citizens in this room. All across our country, I stand before you today to declare this incredible journey we begun together. We went through a journey like nobody else’s. There’s never been a journey like this, there’s never been a journey so successful. We began it together four years ago, and it is far from being over.”
The audience erupted once again in loud applause and cheers.
Trump acknowledged the struggle that occurred, the struggle that continues, but in his characteristic optism, gave us hope for the future. “We worked hard, and there is much work left to do.”
Trump thanked the CPAC crowd, Matt Schlapp, and Rush Limbaugh and his widow Katherine. Then, he dived quickly into the meat of his speech, and dismissed talk of a third party, affirming he was not planning to start one.
As previewed by the legacy media, Trump confronted the failures of the Biden administration.
“In two short months, we’ve gone from America FIRST, to America LAST. Think about it…”
He pointed out Biden’s abysmal record thus far, from killing jobs through his executive orders, to his policies that are destroying border security, just weeks after his inauguration.
Trump spoke most extensively about the Border, which was his signature campaign promise in 2016. The Biden administration is doing all it can to dismantle not only the continuation of the Wall, but shifting policies for ICE to neuter their enforcement, to the invitation to illegal immigrants to come across the border and invade the United States.
“What Biden has done, this must be reason enough for him to lose the White House now. But definitely, four years from now!”
Then Trump stirred the pot:
“Actually I did beat them. But who knows, I may decide to beat them again, a third time.”
Trump moved from Border Security, to COVID response, and how the Biden administration had both a vaccine plan, and a school plan, but have fumbled on both. Trump honed in on Biden’s unwillingness to place children back in school, and the crowd expressed their agreement.
“We’re educating children on the border, but our own people… citizens are not getting the education they deserve.”
Trump recognized the fallout to the children: suicides, diminishing skills and abilities, and the inability of the Democrats and Biden to stand up to the teacher’s unions.
Then he came around to the legacy media running cover for Biden on his promises made (or not made) during the campaign, and how many he has not kept.
Trump touched on the Paris Accord, the Iran deal, energy, and Biden’s transgender policy that is destroying women’s sports.
“We must protect the integrity of women’s sports!” Trump charged.
Trump then asked,
“Is that controversial? Someone said that was controversial. I said, if you think that’s controversial, you ain’t seen nothing yet!”
He affirmed the growth and principles of the Republican Party, and how it is widening its tent to include all races, colors, faiths, and social levels.
“It’s becoming a different party. It’s becoming a party of love,” he said.
This line received hoots, cheers, more shouts of “USA!!! USA!!!!”
“The party is incredible, the people, the spirit, and we are seeing more spirit now, than even before the election. Because people are seeing how bad it can be.”
Trump rounded out his speech by talking about the greatness of the country, and the Left’s attempts and assaults to tear down its history.
“We take great pride in our country, we celebrate our history. We respect our great American flag!”
This elicited chants of “We Love You” from the crowd, and Trump profusely thanked the crowd.
Trump’s speech echoed South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem in this regard, that Conservatives stand for their history and teach it, we do not destroy it. Trump was cognizant of not only affirming what we do not do, but championing what has been, and what is being done to improve the lives of the American people, and to strengthen the country.
Also like Noem, Trump spoke of the dangers of China and urged that the the Republican Party must continue to take a strong stance against their plans.
Trump moved into the 2020 Election and the controversial issues that occurred:
“We need election integrity, and election reform immediately[…] Without honest elections, who has confidence? Who has confidence?”
As to the Supreme Court’s lack of intervention in the corrupted process, Trump had this to say:
“They didn’t have the guts or the courage to make the right decision.”
Then he discussed what election integrity would look like: from only having one day to vote, to elimination of mail-in ballots, to voter I.D., signature verification, and chain of custody standards while the ballots are being counted.
“If Republicans don’t get this, then like the Supreme Court, you should be ashamed of yourself.”
Trump also said that the Democrats used the excuse of the COVID-19 pandemic to take advantage.
“Republicans have to do something about it. They better do something about it. Even if you consider nothing else, it is undeniable that election rules were illegally changed by every swing state at the last minute.”
Trump then addressed the Cancel Culture of Big Tech censorship and warned,
“None of the election integrity in the world will mean nothing, if we don’t have free speech.”
He warned about HR1, which the Congress is seeking to push through to codify their chilling of free speech and election integrity.
Trump called out the Republicans who continue to attack him, and those who voted for impeachment. He said their energy would be better served attacking Biden and his policies than fighting him.
Trump affirmed that the future of the Republican Party lies in having strong leaders and policies. He announced he would be actively working to elect strong Republicans in national campaigns.
It was solid Trump fare for a hungry crowd. One thing is sure, Trump is not only able to still draw a huge crowd, but assert influence. People want common sense policies, not empty symbolism, and Trump’s America First policies speak to the heart of this and were a winning commodity when applied.