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Trump, Other Conservative Leaders Rip Biden at CPAC

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The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the largest annual gathering of conservatives in the United States, drew thousands of activists to Florida this past weekend, where conservative thought leaders and elected officials discussed the future of the conservative movement and some of the most pressing issues facing the nation.

This year’s conference was once again headlined by former President Donald Trump, who is widely recognized as the leader of the Republican Party. A few of the other notable speakers included Governors Ron DeSantis of Florida and Kristi Noem of South Dakota, along with Senators Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, and Marco Rubio. Former Trump administration officials, including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and other conservative media personalities, also took the stage before a raucous crowd.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Awake, Not Woke”—a mantra that pushes back against the progressive, or “woke,” cultural priorities of leftism, which have increasingly come to define the agenda of the Democratic Party. “A lot of people around the globe have seen government just come in and dictate almost every aspect of their life—when a church can open, when a church can close, or school can open, when a parent can even learn what’s going on in school,” said Matt Schlapp, Chairman of the American Conservative Union, which organizes the annual event. “In America, we’ve woken up to this idea that we’ve been teaching our kids to hate our country. And it really pisses us off.”

In his keynote address on Saturday evening, Trump railed against President Joe Biden’s handling of the Russia-Ukraine crisis and the Biden administration’s mounting series of crises—foreign and domestic. “We are praying for the proud people of Ukraine. God bless them all,” Trump said in his remarks. “They are indeed brave.”

“Under Bush, Russia invaded Georgia. Under Obama, Russia took Crimea. Under Biden, Russia invaded Ukraine,” the former president continued. “I stand as the only president of the 21st century on whose watch Russia did not invade another country.”

Trump also took aim at the Biden administration’s open border policies, COVID-19 mandates, inflation-inducing spending bills, and botched withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. He also emphasized the importance of a Republican midterm victory this November and repeatedly teased another run for the White House in 2024. After saying that Democrat policies are a disaster, Trump warned that Democrats are “going to find out the hard way starting November 8 and even more so starting November 2024.”

“When we win, we will defeat this corrupt political establishment, we will save our republic, and we will restore constitutional government of by and for the people,” Trump said. “The Washington swamp knows that we are coming to break their grip on power forever. That is why they are so desperate to stop us. They will go to any lengths.”

Other prevailing themes at the conference included opposition to Critical Race Theory, an attitude of skepticism mixed with outrage towards COVID-related restrictions—or what DeSantis derided as the “biomedical security state.” In his remarks, Trump expressed solidarity with the Canadian Truckers’ protest and slammed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mandates as amounting to “woke tyranny.”

Trump convincingly won the conference’s 2024 GOP presidential straw poll for the third consecutive time, capturing 59 percent of the vote—up from 55 percent in February 2021. DeSantis came in a distant second with 28 percent of the vote, followed by Pompeo, who captured 2 percent of the vote.

CPAC will convene again in Dallas, Texas, this August for the final iteration of the event before the November midterms. Following the end of the conference, Trump’s leadership of the Republican Party and his kingmaker status going into the 2022 midterm elections appear to be stronger than ever—further solidifying his transformative influence over the trajectory of the GOP and the American conservative movement.

As the Biden agenda continues to collapse and Joe Biden’s popularity continues to fall to new lows, the themes, ideas, and policies expressed at events like CPAC are starting to resonate strongly with the American people. Facing record-high gas prices, skyrocketing inflation, international instability, and a growing list of other impediments, Americans of all political affiliations are finally coming to see the far-left agenda of Joe Biden and Congressional Democrats for what it really is. And as the countdown to the midterms this fall continues, that trend is sure to accelerate.


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David Millikan
8 months ago

USA 1st.
FASCIST/COMMUNIST liberals = LAST with their woke families.

CAPITALISM = FREEDOM TO CHOOSE.

FASCIST liberals = DICTATORS
CONTROLLING YOUR ENTIRE LIFE and BANK ACCOUNTS.

It doesn’t take a Genius to figure out which choice is the Wisest.
It’s only my opinion. But what do I know.

Bill on the Hill
8 months ago

I watched most of the CPAC 22 in Orlando, Florida once again…On Saturday Trump once again made an impassioned speech covering the full gambit of topics… That isn’t as difficult as it would seem with a guy like JRB at the helm, for everything this man touches, turns to s**t!
Former acting Director of Intelligence, Ric Grennel made an impassioned speech as did former Secretary, Mike Pompeo, both of these two particular men are dearly missed btw, Trump picked absolute winners in these ( 2 ) outstanding men of the former Trump administration…Another one I highly admire is another former Director of Intelligence, one Kash Pattel, super bright guy that both speaks & thinks clearly about the entire playing field in Washington politics…
Kristi Noam made an impassioned speech too in her typical low key way, the audience loved her…
I didn’t listen to ” Little Marco ” however…Lou Holtz was a smash hit, ” Old School ” all the way…
I did listen to Perdue, looking to oust Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia & presumably the only Republican capable of maybe dethroning Kemp, that is a big maybe, yes, Trump has endorsed him, but I think for the only obvious reason there is no one else to support in getting rid of the crooked Gov. Kemp from office…
In closing, whether or not Trump decides to run in 2024, what he is doing right now with the MAGA movement & America First is far more important than looking to far ahead. His message is ringing LOUD & CLEAR & most real conservative Republican’s are fully on board… The RINO’s are NOT a part of any of this, they need to go & the sooner the better as ( 30 ) Democrats have either retired early or will NOT run again at the midterms, that speaks volumes folks…
Bill… :~)

AJB
8 months ago

Anyone with an IQ above democrat knows that this last election was stolen and that Joebama is a figurehead puppet for Barack via Susan Rice so with that said, “Let’s go Brandon!” FJB…

jog
8 months ago
Reply to  AJB

don’t forget George Soros added to the list

brewvet63
9 months ago

Trump/Noem 2024 (if we survive to then)

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