President Donald Trump Delivers Speech To CPAC Audience – (Video and Transcript)…

A relaxed, confident and jovial president enjoys his first visit to CPAC following a year of MAGAnomic policy implementation.  Lots of good stuff to talk about…. and even time for a recitation of “The Snake” poem.

[Transcript] Oxon Hill, Maryland – 10:16 A.M. EST – THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you everybody. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you, Matt, for that great introduction. And thank you for this big crowd. This is incredible. Really incredible. (Applause.)

We’ve all come a long way together. We’ve come a long way together. I’m thrilled to be back at CPAC, with so many of my wonderful friends and amazing supporters, and proud conservatives. (Applause.) Remember when I first started running? Because I wasn’t a politician, fortunately. But do you remember I started running and people would say, “Are you sure he’s a conservative?” I think now we’ve proved that I’m a conservative, right? (Applause.)

For more than four decades, this event has served as a forum for our nation’s top leaders, activists, writers, thinkers. Year after year, leaders have stood on this stage to discuss what we can do together to protect our heritage, to promote our culture, and to defend our freedom.

CPAC has always been about big ideas and it’s also been about putting those ideas into action. And CPAC really has put a lot of ideas into action. We’ll talk about some of them this morning.

For the last year, with your help, we have put more great conservative ideas into use than perhaps ever before in American history. (Applause.) Right?

By the way, what a nice picture that is. Look at that. I’d love to watch that guy speak. (Laughter.) Oh, boy. That’s a — I try like hell to hide that bald spot, folks. I work hard at it. (Applause.) It doesn’t look bad. Hey, we’re hanging in. We’re hanging in. We’re hanging in there, right? Together, we’re hanging in.

We’ve confirmed a record number — so important — of circuit court judges, and we are going to be putting in a lot more. (Applause.) And they will interpret the law as written. And we’ve confirmed an incredible new Supreme Court justice, a great man, Neil Gorsuch. (Applause.) Right?

We’ve passed massive — biggest in history — tax cuts and reforms. (Applause.) You know, I don’t use the word “reform.” There was a lot of reform, too. Very positive reform. I don’t use it. And when we were first doing it, I told everybody — everybody gathered — I said, “Just talk about tax cuts. People don’t know what reform means. They think reform might mean it’s going up.” And I said, “Do tax cuts.”





THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. How did he get in here, Matt? Boy. Okay. Just for the media, the fake news back there, they took very good care of him. They were very gentle. (Laughter.) He was very obnoxious. It was only one person.

So we have thousands of people here. (Applause.) So listen — tomorrow, the headline will be, “Protestors disturbed the Trump…” — one person, folks. Doesn’t deserve a mention. Doesn’t deserve a headline. The headline tomorrow: “Disrupters of CPAC.” One person. And he was very nice — we looked at him, and he immediately left. Okay. (Laughter and applause.)

No, I’ve had it too often. You’ll have one person, and you can hardly even hear him. In fact, the biggest, really, disturbance are you people. You know why? He’ll say something; nobody hears him. Because it’s all — and then the crowd will start screaming at him. And then all of a sudden we stop for — and that’s okay. You have to show your spirit, right? You have to show your spirit. It’s true. (Applause.)

So we passed the biggest tax cuts in the history of our country. And it was called “tax cut and reform.” And I said to our people, don’t use the word “reform.” Because we were going to call it the “Tax Reform Act.” I said, “No wonder for 45 years nothing has been passed.” Because people want tax cuts, and they don’t know what reform means. Reform can mean you’re going to pay more tax. So I convinced politicians who have done this all their lives — and they do a great job, in many cases — but this was one — they were going, the “Tax Reform Act” of whatever year we want to put. Okay?

So they have the Tax Reform Act, and that was it. And now it was called the Tax Act — Tax Cut Act and Jobs. We had to add “jobs” into it because we’re picking up a tremendous number of jobs — 2.7 million jobs since the election. 2.7. (Applause.)

So now people hear tax cuts, and it has been popular. Remember, it started off a little slow. Then it got passed, and we had some great help. I will say, we had some great help in the Senate, in the House. We have guys here today — we have a lot of congressmen, we have a lot of senators. We had a lot of help. And we got it passed.

Just — it was not easy. We didn’t have one Democrat vote, and I think that’s going to cost them in the midterms. I know that whoever wins the presidency has a disadvantage, for whatever reason, in the midterms. You know what happens? I’m trying to figure it out. Because historically, if you win the presidency, you don’t do well two years later. And you know what? We can’t let that happen. (Applause.) And I know what happens. I finally figured it out. Nobody has been able to explain it. It just happens, statistically, almost all of the time for many years.

What happens is, you fight so hard to win the presidency. You fight, fight, fight. And now only two years — that’s a very short period. And by the time you start campaigning, it’s a year. And now you got to go and fight again. But you just won. So nobody has that same drive that they had. So you end up not doing that well because the other side is going — they’re crazed. And, by the way, they’re crazed anyway, these people. They are really crazed. (Laughter and applause.) Right?

So — because I kept trying to say, “Why is this?” But it’s just there. So the great enthusiasm — you know, you’re sitting back, you’re watching television. “Maybe I don’t have to vote today; we just won the presidency.” And then we get clobbered, and we can’t let that happen. We get clobbered in ’18, and we can’t let that happen — only because we are so happy, we passed so many things. Honestly, and I’ll say — I’ll use the word “my administration” as opposed to me — my administration, I think, has had the most successful first year in the history of the presidency. I really believe that. I really believe it. I really believe it. (Applause.) So, I mean, judges, regulations, everything.

And the beautiful thing about the tax cuts is nobody thought we could do it. Because again, we had to get 100 percent of our vote. And nobody thought we could do it. And, frankly — I mean, to me we got it and it’s turned out to be one of the most popular things. And, by the way, for the Republicans in this room, of which I assume — would you say, is it 99 percent, Matt, or 100 percent? Huh? I would hope it’s close to — you know what, hey, we probably have some Democrats that want to come over. We have a great governor from West Virginia that left the Democratic Party — Big Jim — and he came over to the Republican Party. (Applause.)

So people are sitting there, and they’re saying, “Oh, we just had that great victory. Eh, let’s not vote. Let’s go to a movie. We’re the Republican Party, we’re going to do great.” And then they end up losing.

So you got to keep up the enthusiasm. Now what happens, by the way, they lose. And then you have the presidential election coming up again, and you clobber them because everybody gets off their ass and they get out and they work. Right? And they work. And they work and work and work. And you end up winning the Presidency again. And we should do that — hopefully we’re going to do that very easily.

But never — we have to worry — right now, we have a big race coming up in ’18. You have to get out. You have to just get that enthusiasm. Keep it going. (Applause.)

See, the word, really, is “complacent.” People get complacent. It’s a natural instinct. You just won, and now you’re happy and you’re complacent. Don’t be complacent. Okay? Don’t be complacent. Because if they get in, they will repeal your tax cuts, they will put judges in that you wouldn’t believe, they’ll take away your Second Amendment, which we will never allow to happen. (Applause.) They’ll take away your Second Amendment. (Applause).

AUDIENCE: Donald Trump! Donald Trump!

THE PRESIDENT: Remember that. They will take away — thank you. They will take away those massive tax cuts and they will take away your Second Amendment. By the way, if you only had a choice of one, what would you rather have? The Second Amendment or the tax cuts? Go ahead, Second Amendment, tax cuts. Second Amendment. (Applause.) I’m going to leave it at the Second Amendment. I don’t want to get into that battle, all right?

We’re going to say you want — Matt, we’re going to say you want the Second Amendment the most. But we’re going to get them all. And remember this — (applause) — remember this: We’ve gotten — you know, somebody got on television recently and they said, actually, this is the first time I can remember — Trump made campaign promises. He may be the only person that actually fulfilled more promises than he made. I think that’s true. (Applause.) I fulfilled more promises.

But we have a very crooked media. We had a crooked candidate, too, by the way. But we have a very, very crooked media.

AUDIENCE: Lock her up! Lock her up! Lock her up!

THE PRESIDENT: I will say this, folks: Everything that’s turning out, now it’s amazing that’s come full circle. Boy, have they committed a lot of atrocities when you look. (Applause.) Right? When you look. Have they done things that are wrong.

But remember this: Not only did we get the tax cuts, which everybody said we wouldn’t get — and, by the way, repealed, in that tax cut, the individual mandate, which is a tremendous thing. (Applause.)

This is where you’re forced to pay in order not to have healthcare. Okay? Is that great? You pay for the privilege of not having healthcare. So you’re subsidizing lots of other people. That’s gone. I know people came up to me with tears in their eyes; they’re saying, I’m forced to pay not to have healthcare. Very unfair.

And, by the way, we’re having tremendous plans coming out now — healthcare plans — at a fraction of the cost that are much better than Obamacare. (Applause.) And except for one Senator, who came into a room at 3 o’clock in the morning and went like that — we would have had healthcare, too.


THE PRESIDENT: We would have had healthcare, too. Think of that. But I think we may be better off the way we’re doing it. It’s piece by piece by piece. Obamacare is just being wiped out. The individual mandate, essentially, wipes it out. (Applause.) So I think we may be better off. And people are getting great healthcare plans and we’re not finished yet.

But, remember, one person walked into a room when he was supposed to go this way, and he said he was going this way, and he walked in, and he went this way, and everyone said, “What happened? What was that all about?” Boy, oh, boy. Who was that? I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t want to be controversial, so I won’t use his name. Okay? (Laughter.) What a mess. But it’s all happening anyway. It’s all happening anyway.

And we’ve, at the same time, eliminated a record number of job-killing regulations, and people are going back to work. (Applause.) Right? People are going back to work. So — and you know, the fake news always — if I say something that’s like, a little off, next day headline, “He misrepresents…” — I have to be careful.

But in the history of Presidents, no President — and I’m saying no President. Now, maybe they’ll find I was off by two but we’re here one year. (Laughter.) No President — well, I read it in lots of good papers, actually. (Laughter.) But they’ll change the story when I say it. No President has ever cut so many regulations in their entire term, okay — (applause) — as we’ve cut in less than a year. (Applause.)

And it’s my opinion that the regulations had as big an impact as these massive tax cuts that we’ve given. So I really believe it. (Applause.)

We’ve ended the war on American energy. We were in war. And we’ve ended the war on beautiful, clean coal. (Applause.) One of our great natural resources. And very important for our defense — coal — very important for our defense. Because we have it. We don’t have to send it through pipes. We don’t have to get it from foreign countries. We have more than anybody. And they wanted to end it. And our miners have been mistreated and they’re not being mistreated anymore. We’re doing tremendous business. (Applause.)

I was in Vietnam, and the Prime Minister and the President of Vietnam were there. And we have a massive deficit with them, like we do with everybody else because these Presidents have just let it go to hell. We have the worst trade deals you’ve ever seen. So we’re changing it.

So I said, we have too big of a deficit with Vietnam; I’m not happy. He said, “Well, but we’re going to…” — I said, “Buy coal. Buy coal.” They use a lot of coal. Buy coal. And he said, “You know, we have bought coal from West Virginia and other places, and it’s the finest coal we have ever used.” It’s interesting. And West Virginia now is doing great. You look at what’s happening in West Virginia. You look at what’s happening in Pennsylvania. You look at what’s happening in Ohio. (Applause.) And you look at what’s happening in Wyoming. You look at what’s happening all over. It’s like a — it’s like a different world.

And remember this: Virtually, as soon as I got into office, we approved the Keystone XL pipeline and the Dakota Access pipeline, which would never have been approved. (Applause.) And we announced our withdrawal from the totally disastrous, job-killing, wealth-knocking-out — you know, it knocked out our wealth, or it would have. They basically wanted to take our wealth away. They didn’t want us to use our wealth power. We knocked out the Paris Climate Accord. Would have been a disaster. (Applause.) Would have been a disaster for our country.


THE PRESIDENT: You know, basically, it said, you have a lot of oil and gas that we found — you know, technology has been amazing — and we found things that we never knew. But we have massive — just about the top in the world — we have massive energy reserves. We have coal. We have so much. And basically, they were saying, don’t use it, you can’t use it.

So what it does is it makes us uncompetitive with other countries. It’s not going to happen. I told them, it’s not going to happen. And, you know, China, their agreement didn’t kick in until 2030. Right? Our agreement kicks in immediately. Russia, they’re allowed to go back into the 1990s, which was not a clean environmental time.

Other countries, big countries — India and others — we had to pay, because they considered them a growing country. They were a growing country. I said, “What are we?” Are we allowed to grow too? Okay? (Laughter.) Now, are we allowed to grow? (Applause.) They called India a “developing nation.” They called China a “developing nation.” But the United States, we’re developed — we can pay.

So, folks, if you don’t mind — I’ll tell you what — it’s amazing how many people understood the Paris Accord, because it sounds so good. It’s like some of the environmental regulations that I cut — they have the most beautiful titles. And sometimes I’d say, “Look, I’m just going to close my eyes and sign this because, you know what, I’m going to get killed on this one.” And I get so much thanks. The country knows what I’m doing. We couldn’t build. We couldn’t farm. If you had a puddle on your land, they called it a lake for the purposes of environmentals. (Applause.) I mean, it’s crazy. It’s crazy.

And I’d sign certain bills and I’d have farmers behind me and I’d have house builders, home builders behind me. And these are tough people, strong people. They fought hard. They’ve worked all their lives, hard. And they’d be — half of them would be crying because we gave them their property back. We gave them the right to earn a living. They couldn’t do it. They couldn’t do what they had to do. We gave them their property back. We gave them their dignity back. (Applause.)

By the way, you don’t mind if I go off script a little bit because, you know, it’s sort of boring. It’s a little boring. (Applause.) Got this beautiful speech, everything is wonderful but a little boring. We have to, you know —

But we gave them their dignity back. And that’s why our country is doing record business. We’re doing record business. We’re doing business — and you have to look at the fundamentals. Companies are pouring back into this country. They’re pouring back. Not like — I mean, when did you hear about car companies coming back into Michigan and coming to Ohio and expanding? (Applause.) When did you hear — you never heard that. You hear they’re leaving. I’ve been talking about it for 20 years.

I was a private sector guy. But for whatever reason, I always had — these guys always covered me much more than anybody else. I always got a lot of these characters. They used to treat me so good too, until I ran for office. I used to get the greatest publicity. A friend of mine said, “You know, you used to be the king of getting great publicity. What happened?” I said, “Well, I have some views that they’re opposed to for a lot of bad reasons.” (Laughter.) A lot of really bad reasons.

But when you look at what’s happening to our country, it’s incredible. And the fundamentals are so strong. The stock market — I just see with all of the ups and downs — since Election Day, is up 37 percent from Election — 37 percent. (Applause.) Now, it did a little bit of a correction. In fact, I started to say — you know, I was in it for like 13, 14 months from election. I say, “Is this sucker ever going down a little bit? This is a little embarrassing.” It was up 100, up 200, up 1,000, up 150, up 90, up 63. I said, “Good, that’s better.” (Laughter.) You know, hey, we’ve got seven years to go, folks. You know, we got a long time to go. (Applause.) So thank you, everybody. You’ve been amazing. You’ve been amazing.

You know what Matt didn’t say — when I was here in 2011, I made a speech, and I was received with such warmth. And they give — they used to give — I don’t know if Matt does that because he might not want to be controversial, but they used to give “the best speech of CPAC.” Do they do that still, Matt? Because you better pick me or I’m not coming back again. (Laughter.)

But — and I got these — everybody, they loved that speech. And that was, I think, Matt — I would say, that might have been the first real political speech that I made. It was a love fest — 2011, I believe the time was — and a lot of people remembered, and they said, “We want Trump. We want Trump.” And after a few years, they go by, and I say, “Here we are. Let’s see what we can do.”

And then everybody said, “He cannot get elected. He cannot do it.” You need 270 votes. You need Electoral College — which, by the way, is much tougher than the popular vote. The popular vote, actually, would be so much easier. You go three or four states, and you just go and you just do great job. Hillary forgets that. You know, she went to these states. I said, “What’s she doing? Why does she keep going back to California?” (Laughter.) Crazy.

Next time, they’re going to remember Iowa. They’re going to remember Ohio. (Applause.) Remember? They spent a lot of time in Pennsylvania to no avail. (Applause.) They spent a lot of money. They spent a lot of money in North Carolina, the great state of North Carolina. (Applause.) We did very well there. We have a great person in the room, Mark Meadows, from North Carolina. (Applause.) He’s around here. Where’s Mark? Where’s Mark? And Deb. And we have Jim Jordan. Warriors. Warriors all. (Applause.) We have a lot of great — we have a lot of great people here. But, you know, we just — we hit a chord.

And if you remember, 2011, probably that was the beginning of what we’ve done. And hopefully, at the end of a period of time, people are going to say thank you, because it is not easy. We’re fighting a lot of forces. They’re forces that are doing the wrong thing. They’re just doing the wrong thing. I don’t want to talk about what they have in mind. But they do the wrong thing. But we’re doing what’s good for our country for the long-term viability and survival. Like, for instance, $700 billion got approved for our military. Our military was going to hell. (Applause.)

We declined to certify the terrible one-sided Iran nuclear deal. That was a horrible deal. (Applause.) Whoever heard you give $150 billion to a nation that has no respect for you whatsoever? They’re saying “Death to America” while they’re signing the agreement. If somebody said “Death to America” while I’m signing an agreement, and I’m President, I immediately say, “What’s going on here, folks? I’m not signing.” (Laughter.) What’s going on?

They just kept going. Kerry — Kerry may be the worst negotiator I’ve ever seen. (Laughter.) How about this guy — how about — and Obama, of course — he’s the one. But how about $1.8 billion in cash? Did you ever see what, like, a million dollars in hundred-dollar bills? A lot of people do it as a promotion. It’s a lot. It’s big. It’s like big. (Laughter.) Now, take that, go to $1.8 billion in cash. $1.8 billion. For what? For what? Why did we do this? Why did we do it?

Anyway, we didn’t certify, and lots of interesting things are happening with that whole mess. But we have to treat — people that treat us well, we treat them well. People that treat us badly, we treat them much worse than they can ever imagine. That’s the way it has to be. (Applause.) That’s the way it has to be.

We officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (Applause.) You know, every President campaigned on, “We’re going to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.” Everybody — for many Presidents — you’ve been reading it. And then they never pulled it off. And I now know why.

Because I put the word out that I may do it. Right? I said, I’d do it in my campaign, so that usually means — unless I find something — I’m going to do it. I was hit by more countries and more pressure and more people calling, begging me, “Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Don’t do it.” I said, “We have to do it. It’s the right thing to do. It’s the right thing to do. We have to do it.” (Applause.) And I did it.

But every other President really lied, because they campaigned on it. That was always a big part of the campaign. And then they got into office; they never did it. So I understand why they didn’t do it. Because there was tremendous — the campaign against it was so incredible. But you know what? The campaign for it was also incredible, and we did the right thing. (Applause.)

So we’ve kept our promise, as I said, to rebuild our military, eliminating the defense sequester, which is a disaster. And I don’t know if you saw the number, $700 billion. You know, ultimately, that comes before everything else. We can talk about lots of things. But if we don’t have a strong military, you might not be allowed into this room someday. Okay? You may not have your houses, your homes, your beautiful communities. We better take care of our military. These are the greatest people, and we’re going to take care of our veterans. (Applause.) We’re going to take care of the vets. We’ve been doing a good job on the vets.

And after years of rebuilding other nations — we rebuild other nations — we rebuild other nations that have a lot of money, and we don’t ever say, “Hey, you got to help.” We’re finally rebuilding our nation. We’re rebuilding our nation. (Applause.) And we’re restoring our confidence and our pride.

All of us here today are united by the same timeless values. We defend our Constitution, and we believe in the wisdom of our Founders. Our Constitution is great. (Applause.) We support the incredible men and women of law enforcement. (Applause.) True. We know that a strong nation must have strong borders. We celebrate our history and our heroes, and we believe young Americans should be taught to love their country and to respect its traditions.

Don’t worry, you’re getting the wall. Don’t worry, okay? I heard some — (applause) — we’re getting the wall.

AUDIENCE: Build that wall! Build that wall! Build that wall!

THE PRESIDENT: I had a couple of these characters in the back say, “Oh, he really doesn’t want the wall. He just used that for campaigning.” I said, are you — can you believe it? (Laughter.) You know, I say, every time I hear that, the wall gets 10 feet higher. You know that, right? (Applause.) Every time. Every single time. Okay?

No, we’re going to have the wall or they’re not going to have what they want. You know, we have a problem: We need more Republicans. We have a group of people that vote against us in a bloc. They’re good at two things: resisting, obstruction. Resisting, obstruction. And they stick together. They do. They always vote in a bloc. You know, it’s very rare that you get a couple of them to come your way. Even on the tax cuts. I mean, we’re going to be fighting these people in the ’18 election. We’re going to be fighting people that voted against the tax cuts, because the tax cuts are phenomenal and popular, and helping people and helping our country.

You saw Apple just brought $350 billion in; Exxon brought $50 billion in. (Applause.) So we’re going to be fighting.

The fact is, we need more Republicans to vote. (Applause.) We want to get our agenda. Because, now, what we have to do is in order to get a vote to fix our military, we have to give them $100 billion in stuff that nobody in this room, including me, wants, in many cases. It’s terrible. We need more Republicans. That’s why you have to get out and you have to fight for ’18. You have to do it. (Applause.)

We salute our great American flag, we put our hands on our hearts for the Pledge of Allegiance. (Applause.) And we all proudly stand for the national anthem. (Applause.)


THE PRESIDENT: Above all else, we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are at the center of American life. We know that. (Applause.) Because in America, we don’t worship government, we worship God. (Applause.)

Our nation’s motto is, “In God We Trust.” (Applause.) And this week, our nation lost an incredible leader who devoted his life to helping us understand what those words really mean. Leader. He was a leader. He was a great man.

We will never forget the historic crowds, that voice, the energy, and the profound faith of a preacher named Billy Graham. (Applause.) Great man and great family. Franklin Graham. Great family. And they were for us — I’ll tell you, they were for us. Right from the beginning they were for us.

As a young man, Billy decided to devote his life to God. That choice not only changed his life, it changed our country. And indeed, it even changed the world.

Reverend Graham’s belief in the power of God’s word gave hope to millions and millions who listened to him with his very beautiful, but very simple message: God loves you. (Applause.) And a very special tribute — because it’s almost never done — on Wednesday, we will celebrate Billy Graham’s life as he lies in honor in the Rotunda of our Capitol. (Applause.) Very rarely.

One day — Wednesday until Thursday, about 11 o’clock on Wednesday. I bet those lines are going to be long and beautiful, because he deserves it. Not everybody deserves it. But very few people — you look back, Ronald Reagan was so honored. Very few people are so honored. That’s a big thing. And he really, almost more than anybody you can think of, he deserves to be in the Rotunda. So that’s going to be very special. Wednesday at 11 o’clock. (Applause.) And Paul, and Mitch, and the whole group, they worked very hard to make it all happen. So we want to thank them too.

Everywhere you go, all over the country, in cities small and large, Americans of all faiths reach out to our Creator for strength, for inspiration, and for healing. Great time for healing. In times of grief and hardship, we turn to prayer for solace and for comfort.

In recent days, our entire nation has been filled with terrible pain and sorrow over the evil massacre in a great community — Parkland, Florida. This senseless act of mass murder has shocked our nation and broken our hearts.

This week, I had the honor of meeting with students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, with families who have lost their children in prior shootings — great families, great people — and with members of the local community right here in Washington, D.C. Our whole nation was moved by their strength and by their courage.

We listened to their heart-wrenching stories, asked them for ideas, and pledged to them — and I can speak for all of the senators and congressmen and congresswomen, all of the people in this room that are involved in this decision — that we will act. We will do something. We will act.

With us on Wednesday was one of the families whose daughter didn’t come home last week — a beautiful young woman named Meadow Pollack. Incredible family. I had them in the Oval Office. Incredible people. You’ve probably seen her picture. She had a beautiful, beautiful smile, and a beautiful life. So full of promise.

We wish there was something — anything — we could do to bring Meadow and all of the others back. There are not enough tears in the world to express our sadness and anguish for her family, and for every family that has lost a precious loved one. No family should ever save — and ever have to go in and suffer the way these families have suffered. They’ve suffered beyond anything that I’ve ever witnessed.

A father drops his daughter off at school, kisses her goodbye, waves to her — she’s walking up the path — and never sees her alive again. Gets a call. Can’t believe it. Thinks it’s a nightmare. Wants to wake up from the nightmare.

So we want to hear ideas from Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs about how we can improve security at our schools, tackle the issue of mental health. Because this was a sick person — very sick — and we had a lot of warning about him being sick. This wasn’t a surprise. To the people that knew him, this wasn’t even a little bit; in fact, some said, were surprised it took so long. So what are we doing? What are we doing? We want to ensure that when there are warning signs, we can act and act very quickly.

Why do we protect our airports, and our banks, our government buildings, but not our schools? (Applause.) It’s time to make our schools a much harder target for attackers. We don’t want them in our schools. (Applause.) We don’t want them.

When we declare our schools to be gun-free zones, it just puts our students in far more danger. (Applause.) Far more danger. Well-trained, gun-adept teachers and coaches and people that work in those buildings; people that were in the Marines for 20 years and retired; people in the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Coast Guard; people that are adept — adept with weaponry and with guns — they teach. I mean, I don’t want to have 100 guards standing with rifles all over the school. You do a concealed carry permit. (Applause.)

And this would be a major deterrent because these people are inherently cowards. If they thought — like, if this guy thought that other people would be shooting bullets back at him, he wouldn’t have gone to that school. He wouldn’t have gone there. It’s a gun-free zone. It says, this is a gun-free zone; please check your guns way far away. And what happens is they feel safe. There’s nobody going to come at them.

This way, you may have — and remember, if you use this school as an example — this is a very big school with tremendous floor area and a lot of acreage. It’s a big, big school. Good school. A big, big school. You’d have to have 150 real guards. Look, you had one guard. He didn’t turn out to be too good, I will tell you that. He turned out to be not good. He was not a credit to law enforcement, that I can tell you. That I can tell you. (Applause.)

But as I’ve been talking about this idea — and I feel it’s a great idea, but some people that are good people are opposed to it; they don’t like the idea of teachers doing it. But I’m not talking about teachers. You know, CNN went on, they said, “Donald Trump wants all teachers.” Okay? Fake news, folks. Fake news. Fake news.

I don’t want a person that’s never handled a gun that wouldn’t know what a gun looks like to be armed. But out of your teaching population — out of your teaching population, you have 10 percent, 20 percent of very gun-adept people. Military people, law enforcement people, they teach. They teach. (Applause.)

And something I thought of this morning. You know what else? And I thought of it since I found and watched Peterson, the deputy who didn’t go into the school because he didn’t want to go into the school. Okay? He was tested under fire, and that wasn’t a good result.

But you know what I thought of as soon as I saw that? These teachers — and I’ve seen them at a lot of schools where they had problems — these teachers love their students. And the students love their teachers, in many cases. These teachers love their students. And these teachers are talented with weaponry and with guns. And they feel safe. And I’d rather have somebody that loves their students and wants to protect their students than somebody standing outside that doesn’t know anybody and doesn’t know the students, and, frankly, for whatever reason, decided not to go in even though he heard lots of shots being fired inside.

The teachers and the coaches and other people in the building — the dean, the assistant dean, the principal — they can — they love their people. They want to protect these kids. And I think we’re better with that. And this may be 10 percent or 20 percent of the population of teachers, et cetera. It’s not all of them. But you would have a lot, and you would tell people that they’re inside. And the beauty is, it’s concealed. Nobody would ever see it unless they needed it. It’s concealed.

So this crazy man who walked in wouldn’t even know who it is that has it. That’s good. That’s not bad; that’s good. And a teacher would have shot the hell out of him before he knew what happened. (Applause.) They love their students. They love those students, folks. Remember that. They love their students.

And I’m telling you that would work. Because we need offensive capability. We can’t just say, oh, it’s a gun-free school. We’re going to do it a little bit better. Because then you say, “What happens outside?” The students now leave school, and you got a thousand students — you got 3,500 at the school we’re talking about — but you have a thousand students standing outside. The teachers are out there also. If a madman comes along, we have the same problem, but it’s outside of the school. Or they drive cars. There are a lot of things that can happen.

I want to stop it. And I know it’s a little controversial to say — but I have to say, since I started this two days ago, a lot of people that were totally opposed to it are now agreeing. They love their students. They don’t want their students to be killed or to be hurt. (Applause.)

So we have to do something that works. And one of the big measures that we will do, and everybody in this room I think has to agree — and there’s nobody that loves the Second Amendment more than I do. And there’s nobody that respects the NRA — they’re friends of mine. They backed us all. They’re great people. They’re patriots. (Applause.) But they’re great people. But we really do have to strengthen up, really strengthen up background checks. We have to do that. (Applause.)

And we have to do — for the mentally ill, we have to do very, very — we don’t want to people that are mentally ill to be having any form of weaponry. We have to be very strong on that. (Applause.)

So we’re going to do that. And I really believe that Congress is going to get it through this time. And they have a different leader. They have somebody that wants to get it through; not somebody that’s just all talk, no action, like so many of these folks. This is somebody that wants to get it through.

But I also want to protect — we need a hardened site. It has to be hardened. It can’t be soft. Because they’ll sneak in through a window, they’ll sneak in some way. And, again, you’re standing there totally unprotected.

You know the five great soldiers from four years ago, three of them were world-class marksmen. They were on a military base in a gun-free zone. They were asked to check their guns quite far away. And a maniac walked in, guns blazing, killed all of five of them. He wouldn’t of had a chance if these world-class marksmen had — on a military base — access to their guns. And I’m going to look at that whole policy on military bases. If we can’t have — (applause) — all five were killed. All five. The guy wouldn’t have had a chance.

But we’re going to look at that whole military base, gun-free zone. If we can’t have our military holding guns, it’s pretty bad. We had a number of instances on military bases. You know that. So we want to protect our military. We want to make our military stronger and better than it’s ever been before. (Applause.)

We also need to create a culture in our country that cherishes life and human dignity. That’s part of what we’re talking about. (Applause.) A culture that condemns violence and never glorifies violence. We need to foster real human connections and turn classmates and colleagues into friends and neighbors that want to fight for us.

We’re not just having a conversation about school safety. You’ve had conversations — in all fairness, I’m pretty new on this job. We’re here a little more than a year. I’ve been watching this stuff go on for 20 years. The President gets up, everybody is enthusiastic for the first couple of days, then it fades, fades, fades. Nothing ever gets done. We want to see if we can get it done. Let’s get it done right. (Applause.) We really owe it to our country. And I’ve been watching for a long time. Seen a lot of words, and I’ve seen very little action.

And, you know, if you think about, most of its just common sense. It’s not “do you love guns, do hate guns.” It’s common sense. It’s all common sense. And some of the strongest advocates about what I’m saying are the strongest advocates — I know them very well — political people — the strongest advocates for the Second Amendment. But this is common sense.

In addition to securing our schools, we’re also implementing a strategy to secure our streets. We want our kids to be safe everywhere they go, whether they’re in a classroom walking home from school or just outside playing with their friends. (Applause.) Every child deserves to grow up in a safe community surrounded by a loving family and to have a future filled with opportunity and with hope. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you. Just not fair.

Reducing violent crime in America is a top priority for my administration, and we will do whatever it takes to get it done. No talk. We’re going to do what it takes to get it done. (Applause.)

As you’ve seen, pretty well reported, that we’re significantly increasing gun prosecutions by tremendous percentages, and we’re working to get violent offenders off our streets and behind bars, and get them behind bars quickly, for a long time, or get them the hell out of our country. (Applause.)

In 2017, we brought cases against more violent offenders than any administration in a quarter of a century — more than any administration. And we’re just gearing up. We have tough people. I’ll tell you what — when you deal with MS-13, the only thing they understand is toughness. They don’t want anything. All they understand is toughness. If that ICE agent or Border Patrol agent is tougher than them, they respect him. We got the toughest guys you’ve ever seen. We got tough. (Applause.) They don’t respect anything else. And they shouldn’t be in our country. They were let in for years. They shouldn’t be, and we’re getting them out.

Our administration prosecuted more people for federal firearm charges than has been done in more than a decade. And again, we’re just gearing up. We’ve convicted 1,200 gang members and nearly 500 human traffickers. (Applause.) You know what human trafficking — who would think that we have this in this age? And with our foreign partners, we’ve helped charge or arrest more than 4,000 members of the savage gang that we talked about — MS-13.

Now, they don’t like guns. You know why? They’re not painful enough. These are animals. They cut people. They cut them. They cut them up in little pieces and they want them to suffer. And we take them into our country because our immigration laws are so bad. And when we catch them — it’s called catch-and-release — we have to, by law, catch them and then release them. Catch-and-release. And I can’t get the Democrats — and nobody has been able to for years — to approve common-sense measures that, when we catch these animal-killers, we can lock them up and throw away the keys. (Applause.)

In 2017, our brave ICE officers arrested more than 100,000 criminal aliens who have committed tens of thousands of crimes. And believe me, these are great people. They cannot — the laws are just against us. They’re against — they’re against safety. They don’t make sense. And you meet with Democrats and they’re always fighting for the criminal. They’re not fighting for law-abiding citizens. They’re always fighting for the criminal. (Applause.) Doesn’t make sense.

Here are just some of the criminal charges and convictions for the aliens arrested by ICE: 11,000 charges or convictions for sex crimes; 48,000 for assault; 13,000 for burglary; and 1,800 for killing people.

We’re cracking down on sanctuary cities. Can you believe this? (Applause.) Where they protect — that’s another one. Because we want our cities to be sanctuaries for law-abiding Americans, not for criminals. (Applause.)

And, by the way, the Senate Democrats and the House Democrats have totally abandoned DACA. They’ve total — they don’t even talk to me about it. They have totally abandoned. You know, we get the reputation — like DACA, it’s not Republican. We’ll let me tell you, it is Republican, because we want to do something about DACA, get it solved after all these years.

The Democrats are being totally unresponsive. They don’t want to do anything about DACA, I’m telling you. And it’s very possible that DACA won’t happen, and it’s not because of the Republicans, it’s going to be because of the Democrats. And frankly, you better elect more Republicans, folks, or it will never happen. (Applause.)

The Democrats voted in favor of sanctuary cities. In other words, they voted to protect criminal aliens instead of voting to protect the American citizens.

To secure our country, we are calling on Congress to build a great border wall to stop dangerous drugs and criminals from pouring into our country. (Applause.) And now they’re willing to give us the wall, but they don’t want to give us any of the laws to keep these people out.

So we’re going to get the wall, but they don’t want to give us all of the other — chain migration, lottery. Think of a lottery. You have a country. They put names in. You think they’re giving us their good people? Not too many of you people are going to be in a lottery. So we pick out people. Then they turn out to be horrendous, and we don’t understand why.

They’re not giving us their best people, folks. They’re not giving us — I mean, use your heads. They’re giving us — it’s a lottery. I don’t want people coming into this country with a lottery. I want people coming into this country based on merit. Based on merit. (Applause.)

I want people, and we all want to be admitting people, who have skills, who can support themselves financially, who can contribute to our economy, who will love our people, and who will share our values, who will love our country. (Applause.)

I don’t want people who drive a car at 100 miles an hour down the West Side Highway and kill 8 innocent victims, and destroy the lives of 14 more. Nobody talks about that. Nobody ever talks about the people that have been so horribly injured, who lose legs and arms, in Manhattan, where I used to spend my time.

I know it very well, the stretch along the West Side Highway. People run in order to stay in shape. They want to be healthy, they want to look good. They’re running all the time; I see it. They run. We work in different ways. (Laughter.) But they run. No, but think of this — they run. And they’re so — they want to be fit. They’re proud people. They want to be fit, and they’re running up and down West Side Highway. It’s beautiful. It’s a beautiful thing.

And this maniac takes a car going down the highway, and just turns to a right, and he kills eight. But he really badly wounded 12 to 14 other people.

So somebody think of it: Runs to stay in shape, leaves the house, is jogging along, working hard, ends up going home two months later with no leg or with no arm, or with two legs missing. Nobody ever talks about that. They talk about the people, rightfully, that were killed. But they don’t talk about the people whose lives have been just changed — just changed. They don’t talk about that.

This guy came in through chain migration and a part of the lottery system.


THE PRESIDENT: They say 22 people came in with him. In other words, an aunt, an uncle, a grandfather, a mother, a father, whoever came in. But a lot of people came in. That’s chain migration. Let’s see how those people are doing, by the way.

We’ve got to change our way. Merit system. I want merit system. Because you know what’s happening? All of these companies are coming into our country. They’re all coming into our country. And when they come in, we need people that are going to work. I’m telling you, we need workers now. We need workers. (Applause.)

But when I walked in today, did anyone ever hear me do the snake during the campaign? Because I had five people outside say, “Could you do ‘The Snake’?” And I said, well, people have heard it. Who hasn’t heard “The Snake”? You should read it anyways. (Laughs.) Let’s do it anyway. I’ll do it. All right? Should we do it? (Applause.)

Now, this was a rock-and-roll song — little amendments — a rock-and-roll song. But every time I do it, people — and you have to think of this in terms of immigration. We have to have great people come into our — I want people to come into our country. And I want people that are going to help us. And I don’t want people that are going to come in and be accepting all of the gifts of our country for the next 50 years and contribute nothing. I don’t want that, and you don’t want that.

I want people that are going to help and people that are going to work for Chrysler, who is now moving from Mexico into Michigan, and so many other — and Apple, by the way. (Applause.) And Foxconn up in Wisconsin. They’re going to need 25,000 workers. I want people that can come in, and get to work and work hard. Even if it means a learning period — that’s fine.

But I want people that are going to come in and work. And I want people that love us and look at security. And they want you to be safe, and they want to be safe. I want great people coming into this country. I don’t want people coming in the way they do now, because I want people that contribute.

So this is called “The Snake.” And think of it in terms of immigration. And you may love it, or you may say, isn’t that terrible. Okay? And if you say, isn’t that terrible, who cares? Because the way they treat me — that’s peanuts compared to the way they treat me. Okay? (Laughter.) Immigration.

“On her way to work one morning, down the path along the lake, a tenderhearted woman saw a poor, half-hearted, frozen snake. His pretty colored skin had been all frosted with the dew. ‘Poor thing,’ she cried, ‘I’ll take you in, and I’ll take care of you.’

‘Take me in, oh, tender woman. Take me in, for Heaven’s sake. Take me in, oh, tender woman,’ sighed the vicious snake.

She wrapped him up all cozy in a comforter of silk, and laid him by her fireside with some honey and some milk. She hurried home from work that night, and soon as she arrived, she found that pretty snake she’d taken in had been revived.

‘Take me in, oh, tender woman. Take me in for Heaven’s sake. Take me in, oh, tender woman,’ sighed the vicious snake.

She clutched him to her bosom, ‘You’re so beautiful,’ she cried. But if I hadn’t brought you in by now, surely you would have died.’

She stroked his pretty skin again, and kissed and held him tight. But instead of saying thank you, that snake gave her a vicious bite.

‘Take me in, oh, tender woman. Take me in for Heaven’s sake. Take me in, oh, tender woman,’ sighed the vicious snake.

‘I saved you,’ cried the woman. ‘And you’ve bitten me. Heaven’s why? You know your bite is poisonous, and now I’m going to die.’

‘Oh, shut up, silly woman,’ said the reptile with a grin. ‘You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in.’” (Applause.)

And that’s what we’re doing with our country, folks. We’re letting people in, and it’s going to be a lot of trouble. It’s only getting worse. But we’re giving you protection like never before. Our law enforcement is doing a better job than we’ve ever done before. And we love our country. And we’re going to take care of our country. Okay? We’re going to take care of our country. (Applause.)

So just in finishing, our country is starting to do very well. Our economy is blazing. Jobs are at a record level. Jobs are so good. 2.7 million jobs created since the election. (Applause.) Unemployment claims have reached a 45-year low. (Applause.)

African American unemployment has reached the lowest level in our history. (Applause.) Hispanic unemployment has reached the lowest level in our history. (Applause.) Women — women unemployment is at the lowest level in 18 years. (Applause.) Wages are rising for the first time in many, many years. (Applause.)

Small business confidence is at a record high. And thanks to our massive tax cuts, millions of Americans are getting to keep a great percentage of their money instead of paying it to a government that throws it out the window. (Applause.)

So I just leave you with this: We have to fight Nancy Pelosi. They want to give your money away. They want to give your money away. They want to end your tax cuts. They want to do things that you wouldn’t even believe, including taking your Second Amendment rights away. They will do that.


THE PRESIDENT: So we have to get out there and we have to fight in ’18 like never before — just the way you fought with us. Just the way you fought with us. You fought so hard, and you were so tough, and you were so smart. You were so smart. And you know what? I know for a fact you did the right thing, because we’re looking at the numbers. And the numbers — even they have to give credit for the kind of numbers that we’re producing. Nobody has ever seen anything like it. (Applause.)

Under my administration, the era of economic surrender is over. We’re renegotiating trade deals that are so bad, whether it’s NAFTA or whether it’s World Trade Organization, which created China — that created — if you look at China, it was going along like this, then we opened, stupidly, this deal. And China has been like a rocket ship ever since.

And now, last year, we had almost a $500 billion trade deficit with China. We can’t have that. We can’t have that. I have great respect for President Xi, but we can’t have that. We have to go, and we have to do what we have to do. We just can’t let countries — as an example, Mexico. We have a $100 billion trade deficit with Mexico. What does that tell you? You know what it tells you? NAFTA is no good. It never was any good. But for some reason, nobody ever changed it. They emptied our factories — you got to see the car plants and the auto plants in Mexico. Like — you’ve never seen anything like it before.

I want those companies — and they’re starting — I want them back here. I want them back here. They’re going to come back here, too. (Applause.) And we want to make our neighbors happy. But we can’t continuously have other nations taking advantage of the United States like never before. And this has gone on for a long time. This has gone on for longer — the last administration was a disaster, but this has gone on for much longer than the last administration. And we got to change it. We’re going to change it.

So we’re renegotiating deals. And you know what? Hate to say it, but if we can’t make a fair deal for the United States, we will terminate the deal and we’ll start all over again. (Applause.) We have to do it. (Applause.)

So, under my administration, and with your help — don’t forget — you, many of you, were the forgotten people. You were the people that, when the polls came out, they didn’t know that you existed. The Democrats are trying to figure out who you are, because they want to get you back. But you are people — we’ve had people that never voted, but they’re great patriots — but they never saw anybody they wanted to vote for. Then they go to the election, they’ve got Trump-Pence, Trump-Pence. They got hats, they got all sorts of things. Trump over here — “Make America Great Again” hats. Right? (Applause.)

So our country is starting to do well. We are going to make it great, better, safer than it ever was before. The reason is you. This has been a great movement. They try like hell, they cannot stand what we’ve done. But we’re doing the right thing. We’re even doing the right thing for them. They just don’t know it yet. (Applause.) They just don’t know it yet.

Even the media — the media will absolutely support me sometime prior to the election. All those horrible people back there, they’re going to support me. You know why? Because if somebody else won, their ratings would go down, they’d all be out of business. (Applause.) Nobody would watch. They’d all be out of business.

So I just want to tell you that we are going to win. I’d love you to get out there, work really hard for ’18. We need more Republicans to keep the tax cuts and keep all of this going.

And I love you. I respect you. I appreciate everything you’ve done for the country. (Applause.)


THE PRESIDENT: I appreciate everything you’ve done.

I do want to say, because people have asked — North Korea — we imposed today the heaviest sanctions ever imposed on a country before. (Applause.)

And frankly, hopefully something positive can happen. We will see. But hopefully something positive can happen. But that just was announced, and I wanted to let you know. We have imposed the heaviest sanctions ever imposed.

So, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for everything. You have been incredible partners. (Applause.) Incredible partners. And I will let you know in the absolute strongest of terms, we’re going to make America great again, and I will never, ever, ever let you down. Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you. (Applause.)


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134 Responses to President Donald Trump Delivers Speech To CPAC Audience – (Video and Transcript)…

  1. georgiafl says:

    This was one of President Trump’s best speeches ever!

    It was informal, spontaneous and from the heart.

    Lots of common sense and obvious affection for America and its people!

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    • fleporeblog says:

      Absolutely perfect description! An incredible speech that put me at ease. Our President was full of happiness today. He even joked about how hard he has to work from allowing us to see his bald spot. Just like everyone else at CTH, I want in the worst way to see each and every POS pay an enormous price for what they did to our country and to our President. Listening to that entire speech made me realize we will get that and so much more.

      At the end after telling us how much he loves us, he said once again he would never let us down. He meant every single word. I have to continue to be patient because the time will absolutely come!

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      • Ditch Mitch says:

        Aww Fle, you stole my thunder. I was going to come in on the bald spot. Another entertaining comment was when he asked the crowd if he should go off script. I don’t believe he was on script up to that point. According to OAN after his 45 min speech which lasted 75 min, PDJT allegedly had 50 more pages of notes. I think he covered it all.

        I will close with my favorite part:
        PDJT talked about how teachers generally love their students and how teachers with proper training would protect their students better than some hired gun who does not even know any of the students. Like a lion protecting her (or his) cubs.

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        • sat0422 says:

          Let’s get real. Not every person has the heart to be a CCW candidate. That doesnt mean they are bad; they are just more nurtering by conscience or by religionand they will die before protecting themselves. They could never confront a bad person and that bad person may be someone they know personally.

          We need to form a protection corp for every school campus. They must undergo extensive training like a one or two week course offered at a facility such as Gunsite (if civilian) and a refresher course annually if military under military guidelines. BTW, I have known of some military people who don’t believe in carrying a weapon or in shooting anyone in self defense. I have two friends who were once in the Navy and neither one of them can defend with a weapon. They even express fear at the thought of using a weapon.

          1. We need every school locked down and every doorway monitored, especially a school that has 3500 students but, really size doesn’t matter.
          2. We need to stop building huge high school campuses. They can be found throughout America.
          3. We need to make sure that those who agree or sign up for CCW within a school or church (they are just as much a target as schools) has the personality and character to become a certificted protector.
          4. We need to have every school adopt a visitor protocol and just beyond that point a working metal detector needs to be in place. Heck, I can’t even go to a fair or concert without my bags being checked and then walking through a metal detector.
          5. We need to identify santuary soft spots throughout America and let the residents and students know they are truly at risk.

          Trust me, it’s a daunting task to get America up to speed on securing our schools, churches, shopping centers, etc. It is happening at places like Disney, concerts, and airports to some degree but we should be doing it the way Israel has done. BTW, do you ever see protection personnel in the baggage pick-up area of your airport? It happend in LAX but that is one area where I don’t see much protection at the airport. Just saying is it a very vunerable place where anyone can enter and exit.


    • Psycho Monkee says:

      “And I love you.” – Mr. President, we hear and love you. 🇺🇸❤️

      Liked by 6 people

    • sundance says:

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      • Johnny Bravo says:

        Yes, and Nigel understands pressure. But even Nigel doesn’t fully appreciate the refining fire PJT is going through.

        No wonder PJT praises his Heavenly Father and respects the place God has within the hearts of freedom loving people. He receives great comfort and strength from doing good works.

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    • Peoria Jones says:

      Yes! Anyone feeling unenthusiastic about things of late should be forced to listen to this. Snap out of it, you weaklings! 😀

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  2. andyocoregon says:

    IMO, this was one of President Trump’s best rally speeches. He knew he was among friends and he didn’t make promises like he did during his campaign speeches, he detailed his administration’s accomplishments in just the first year. And the audience responded with great enthusiasm.
    I don’t see how the Dems stand a chance in the midterm elections this year. I’m sure we’ll see many more of these great speeches as November draws nearer.

    Liked by 16 people

  3. rasser says:

    Photo of woman who rammed white house security barrier:

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  4. Publius2016 says:

    So beautiful seeing a true American Conservative! Military Economy Trade Immigration Security Taxes too!

    Liked by 9 people

  5. Does he sound the least bit like a person worried about the future and the shadow of a completely rigged sham investigation? No. He knows what’s coming down the track very soon(in the next few weeks)and it’s the Train of Justice with plenty of room for transgressors to be herded on and locked in.

    Reagan was a great speech maker. PDJT is a great speaker who pulls no punches and leaves no doubt about his positions. He does not try to sound erudite and oh-so-educated. Just plain-talk for the average listener/voter, he is fearless.

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    • Elizabeth Carter says:

      He did seem a little too concerned about his bald spot. We all have our weaknesses. LOL

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    • Bastiat says:

      I noticed he alluded to many things his enemies have done. He is fighting on many fronts and still leading our country. Still making the policy changes, still getting laws passed. It is incredibly impressive. He is wiping the floor with these clowns with a hand tied behind his back.

      All I hope is to see justice served. Without it, Trump may make America great for a while, but if he wants it to last another 200 years, he needs to bury these people (lawfully).

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      • maiingankwe says:

        I can’t pinpoint exactly where in his speech which told me he will take them down, but I felt it throughout. I think the reason why we aren’t hearing a lot about it is because they are making darn sure they are doing it the lawful way. They will cross all of their T’s and dot their I’s, and they will make sure there will not be any loopholes for the criminals to sneak through. It’s going to be iron clad cases for all of them.

        If you believe in Q, which I do, and if you follow what he has been saying, it gives that much credence and hope for them taking all of the rat finks out.

        Dustin Nemos posted this February 21st. He even gave a link to where he found it after his video.

        From 10-30-17 to 1-26-18 there have been 13,605 sealed indictments. Nemos did say there is a strong possibility of a number of them being ms-13, however, how many is unknown as of now. 13,605 is a yuuge number and unusually high of compared to past years. And I mean really high.

        Our President Trump knows how important it is not to let these political criminals get away with what they have. If he does, he knows more than anyone it will just empower them to do more and worse. We can’t have that if we are to make America Great Again. So yes, I do have the utmost faith and confidence in our President will do what is needed to protect every single one of us. There is a reason he signed that EO in January and we will soon see the fruits of their labor for it.
        Be well and stay strong,

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      • Tegan says:

        Bastia…..or not! LOL Personally, I like drones.


    • Ditch Mitch says:

      sixblade I’m with ya. PDJT knows the end of the Special Witch Hunt is near. He knows his policies are leading the GOP charge to the midterms. GOP better get on board. He sees the swamp being drained little by little.

      As Liz said he does seem a bit concerned about that damn bald spot. Which tells me PDJT is doing fine.

      Liked by 2 people

  6. John Adams says:

    VA healthcare reform. crickets.


    • SEABEE4TRUMP says:

      Unfortunately with only 1% of Americans serving at any one time, and 3% having served ever, the good news VA attention is enjoyed by a select group that does not have a big representation in CPAC……the many sheep are protected by a few sheepdogs; long live the sheepdogs!

      Liked by 6 people

    • Sayit2016 says:

      What are you even talking about ?

      Liked by 6 people

      • fleporeblog says:

        I absolutely agree! What our President has done for the VA in one year is absolutely astonishing! He was able to get Congress to pass a VA Accountability Bill that allows them to fire each and every POS that does something unethical to our Veterans. I actually think the VA was one of the greatest areas of accomplishment in year one.

        Liked by 11 people

      • sat0422 says:

        To help you understand, many people have sheep like characteristics. They don’t want to argue, they won’t engage in a fight, and they often let others take advantage of them. In olden days, the sheep needed a Shepard to watch over them and chase away the bad guys.
        The sheepdog is fearless and stands his ground. He will protect even when is life is in danger.
        There it is or at least the version I have read about. As I said in an earlier post response, not everyone can be a CCW holder and carry out the job, i.e. sheep. We have to determine who has a fierce and protective nature and get the trained ASAP.

        Liked by 2 people

  7. Alison says:

    A day to rejoice in the restoration of our sovereignty & respect. Thank you, President Trump!

    Liked by 3 people

  8. ForGodandCountry says:


    “The Democrats voted in favor of sanctuary cities. In other words, they voted to protect criminal aliens instead of voting to protect the American citizens.”

    One of the most telling lines of the whole speech….and it points (indirectly) “liberal” ideology and things like the Broward County school shooting.

    ̶D̶e̶m̶o̶c̶r̶a̶t̶s̶ Socialists WANT crisis, so they can then pass disingenuous legislation they would never be able to get without it. They create the conditions for crisis, so that when it occurs, they can claim “If we just did this, it wouldn’t happen again”….when all along they created the conditions for the crisis in the 1st place.

    Never forget that. EVER.

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  9. kevin king says:

    That speech shows why Trump won. There isn’t a shred of bullshit in anything he said. Everything he says is just plain common sense. You lot really are lucky having the guy. Just by taking the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement was a truly signifcant event, not just because it paves the way for America to become energy independent but because of its symbolic significance. It took a lot of courage too. And thats what marks him out as head and shoulders above the grey, mediocre politicians elsewhere who kow-tow to politically correct ideas like ‘Climate Change’ (wft does that mean anyway?) and don’t give a damn about the long term consequences for their own country.

    Liked by 20 people

    • andyocoregon says:

      Climate Change = Weather

      Just ordinary seasonal Weather

      Liked by 4 people

      • Bastiat says:

        My argument is always: So what if the climate is changing? By your own account, we can’t stop it anyway, so your solution is to hamper the most innovative, technologically advanced economy on earth? Make it harder for humanity to deal with changes? What will hurt more? Slightly worse global warming + robust economy, or global warming + economy where people can barely put food on their table?

        This is the thing about their conspiracy. Their solution to the so-called problem is redistribution and cutting off access to the life-blood of the world economy; energy. It can’t even be explained by ignorance, these are simply envious people who hate all that is good in the world.

        Liked by 4 people

        • Thomas_Pain-1961 says:

          Obama and his minions decided to wage war on our energy industry. This was a key strategy for destroying capitalism in the U.S. I am convinced the long term plan for the commie dems was to make illegal the private ownership of energy materials by citizens and industry. If you can control energy you can control capitalism whose life blood is energy. If you can control capitalism, you can put it to sleep.

          I recall Obama banned drilling in the gulf of Mexico. The energy companies went to court to reverse this policy and won. Yet Obama instructed the EPA not to issue any drilling permits nonetheless and Obama got away with it while the uniparty looked away. When Obama was a state senator he addressed a liberal convention and stated one of the biggest threats to our environment was the air conditioning of private homes and should be banned. He said Africans living on the hottest continent on the planet get along fine without air conditioning.

          I live in West Virginia and in late 2016 there was but one coal mine open. Obama greatly wounded West Virginia. It was no wonder the opiod crisis was expanding in WV. Now there are at least two dozen mines open with permits pending (a process expedited by Trump’s EPA) for scores more mines. When I drive down Route 50 between Parkersburg and Clarksburg, I see two brand new natural gas processing plants and the state of WV is coming alive again. I almost pop like a tick with gratitude when I see these busy plants.

          I predict that when the Gulf oil starts coming in, along with the Anwar fuel coming in through the Keystone pipeline, gas will go down to $1.50 a gallon, and very few things can fire up an economy like cheap fuel.

          No state loves Trump more than West Virginia.

          Liked by 2 people

          • You might want to let Joe Manchin know that then


            • Thomas_Pain-1961 says:

              Joe Manchin is one of the most corrupt politicians in the history of West Virginia and that is saying a hell of a lot. His father A. James was just as corrupt. Manchin’s daughter convinced my former employer, West Virginia University, to grant her a phony Masters degree. When this was exposed Manchin used his corruption to keep her from being prosecuted. Manchin’s daughter then went to work for Epi Pen, makers of some sort of medical device that sold for $50. Manchin used his corruption to have his wife appointed to the state board of education. Mrs. Manchin then made it possible to require every school room in WV to have an Epi-Pen, the price of which, coincidentally, went up to $500 a piece. Manchin is a political coward, I just don’t have the space or the time to go into details. One thing I am convinced of is that Manchin will not be re-elected.

              Liked by 1 person

          • maiingankwe says:

            I agree with everything except your last line. I can understand why you wrote it, but I have to say there are many of us who love him equally and it is something difficult to measure.

            I did love how he told us the story of Vietnam and how the best coal they’ve ever had comes from your state.

            I do have a tid-bit to share about our state that many people don’t know.

            In the town of Healy, Alaska they have found enough coal to heat every home in the U.S. for 300 years. Those are the homes we have right now. Now that is a heck of a lot of coal. So we’re happy and in love with our President Trump too!

            I believe in Wyoming they found a coal deposit that is 70 feet thick. It may not sound like much until you try and visualize it. I wish I knew the rest of the demensions.

            Anyways, thoroughly enjoyed your post. Have a fabulous weekend!


    • Sayit2016 says:

      I know but Kevin…liberal said if President trump took us OUT of the Paris Climate Agreement everyone was gonna DIE DIE DIE DIE….I have yet to attend a single funeral for a PCA victim. ; )

      Liked by 6 people

  10. Just got the chance to see the replay video … absolute RALLY MODE, including a rendition of, “The Snake!!!!” Ya just gotta love it … 😉

    Liked by 12 people

  11. sundance says:

    Liked by 17 people

  12. He was fantastic! His primping in front of the giant monitors and joking about hiding the bald spot was hilarious!

    Liked by 11 people

  13. MsB says:

    I listened to the entire speech. Not one word of political BS. Just plain ole common sense. It was wonderful. I’m just so thankful for President Trump and the good people that voted him into office!

    Liked by 13 people

  14. andyocoregon says:

    Meghan McCain didn’t like the truth being told about her father’s turncoat vote on ObamaCare.

    Yeah, she’s in good company alright, with the other smarmy nasty women on The View.

    Liked by 4 people

    • webgirlpdx says:

      Good criminy……that hair of her’s, And her plastic surgery didn’t do much for her. Her eyes are colder than ever…..

      Oh, Cindy Lou is joining her on Wednesday and they’ll ‘address’ the President’s comments together. Whatever. The man will always be an evil traitor.

      Liked by 4 people

    • yy4u says:

      I can understand a daughter’s love for her father…it’s just that John McCain CAMPAIGNED on repeal and replace then cast the deciding vote to keep it. For that he should have been recalled. For the View I think it is time to take a page out of the Lefties’ playbook and BOYCOTT all advertisers. If you can afford to without taking a hit SELL YOUR STOCK in any company that advertises on The View.

      Liked by 7 people

    • Bastiat says:

      “President Trump took some pot shots at my father and got the crowd at CPAC to boo him. My mother is coming on Wednesday. Both of us will address his comments together and we’re going to talk about what it’s like to have this continue to happen as a family while my father battles brain cancer,” McCain said.

      If her family wants to be immune from criticism, he should retire. Cancer is terrible, but it isn’t an excuse for a lack of morality or principles.

      Liked by 12 people

      • Michelle says:

        “To have this happen as a family.” As if Trump’s comments came out of nowhere! The comments come from the actions of McCain who thinks that just because he has brain cancer, he can still ruin our country without being criticized for it.

        Liked by 7 people

      • peace says:

        By denying healthcare, her traitor father is denying others who also battle brain cancer. Her father has plenty of money from his shady dealing and rich wife to pay whatever it costs to extend his life ; others are way less fortunate. Hope Megan and her mother mention this in their comments.

        Liked by 5 people

      • CountryclassVulgarian says:

        Interesting that John McTraitor and now his family love to exclude themselves from criticism. First he was a POW. Now he is battling cancer. We are supposed to always ignore his traitorous acts and the insults and names he has thrown at us. Perhaps they should all just go away and leave us alone. The we will ignore them as they deserve to be ignored.

        Liked by 3 people

      • Peoria Jones says:

        Oh goody. They’re gonna come and talk about their feelz. Because it’s not about the future of conservatism or anything.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Blacksmith8 says:

        Funny I don’t remember her tears when she found out her ol’ dad burned down the Forrestal


      • Florida_Frank says:

        PDJT didn’t “get” the crowd to boo McCain. If he had done nothing but said the name, they would have boo’d.


  15. PgtSndThinker says:

    I should know by now to wait until the speech gets its own headline at CTH. I spent too much time earlier today looking for the video, mistakenly listening partway through two older speeches…

    Liked by 4 people

  16. FL_GUY says:

    President Trump said: So people are sitting there, and they’re saying, “Oh, we just had that great victory. Eh, let’s not vote. Let’s go to a movie. We’re the Republican Party, we’re going to do great.” And then they end up losing……

    VSG President Trump perfectly diagnosed the problem with mid-terms. I believe this also applies to special elections. People need to be motivated; convinced that this election is the most important to date because: IT IS!!!!

    One theme should be: Vote D-Rat or Don’t Vote, which is a vote for D-Rat and you will lose the tax cut. If you like your bigger paycheck, the only way you are going to keep it is to vote overwhelmingly R in 2018!

    Liked by 9 people

  17. BobBoxBody says:

    I’ve laid low after the shooting last week. The whole thing has made me angry. But that’s over and it’ll get sorted out. Midterms are soon. The cold anger is going to show itself white hot at the ballot box after the last two years of open-air sedition from the DNC. Burn the whole thing to the ground!

    Liked by 8 people

  18. Midnight Rambler says:

    Our President is in a heavy groove. It’s going to be a great Spring and Summer!

    Liked by 9 people

  19. Rondo says:

    This is also a great speech

    Liked by 5 people

  20. PInky1920 says:

    Listen!! Please forgive me for posting this on the wrong topic, but if you are from Pennsylvania, in Saccone’s district, PLEASE get out and vote in the upcoming special election on March 13; this is a district where President Trump won by double digits and Saccone is only 3 points ahead as of today!! Please do not let another lying leftist win another republican seat; Saccones opponent is supposedly a pro 2A, “pro-lifer” and pro military and people are falling for this liar; if he IS all these things, then HOW can he be a democrat??? People, do not be fooled. The only thing that matters to these vile leftists is impeachment and the destruction of our country!!! I sent a small contribution to him. I’m old and won’t be around much longer, but I want these leftists DEFEATED!!!


    Liked by 9 people

  21. Apollo says:

    “[THE PRESIDENT:] But we have a very crooked media. We had a crooked candidate, too, by the way. But we have a very, very crooked media.

    AUDIENCE: Lock her up! Lock her up! Lock her up!

    THE PRESIDENT: I will say this, folks: Everything that’s turning out, now it’s amazing that’s come full circle. Boy, have they committed a lot of atrocities when you look. (Applause.) Right? When you look. Have they done things that are wrong.”

    Very promising!

    Liked by 7 people

    • Bastiat says:

      Key word is atrocities. Trump chooses his key words carefully, as he knows the power of them. What did they do? I have a feeling that some of the conspiracy theories were very close. Else, why would the media lose their mind over them?

      Liked by 4 people

      • Sayit2016 says:


        plural noun: atrocities
        an extremely wicked or cruel act, typically one involving physical violence or injury.
        “war atrocities”
        synonyms: abomination, cruelty, enormity, outrage, horror, monstrosity, obscenity, violation, crime, abuse; More

        See where ” crime” is tucked in there …; )

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  22. SharkDiver says:

    Notice how Trump has taken ownership of the narrative by pushing to arm capable teachers in order to protect our schools, something the left is mortally opposed to, but that they may ultimately have to go along with. Turning lemons into lemonade…I love our President!

    Liked by 9 people

    • MaineCoon says:

      He educates people on why his ideas are not only possible but why they are good ideas. We say how well arming a policeman worked out. Certain teachers will fight with a weapon to save their students.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Cuppa Covfefe says:

        Some, GOD Bless them, fought even without a weapon.

        We owe it to them, the victims, and their memory to let them have the tools and the training and the authority to fight the evil that now faces them and us…

        Liked by 4 people

  23. simicharmed says:

    A very worthy 1 hour and 14 minutes! Likely the best speech of President Donald Trump. Funny thing to note, I watched (for the first time), The Bridge on the River Kwai, after it ended I read this article and watched the speech. The movie was great and the speech was better!

    With the aforementioned in mind – Doing the right thing is always better in in the end! President Donald Trump continually does the right thing..

    Liked by 5 people

  24. PS says:

    For those that are curious: “Why do we protect our airports, and our banks, our government buildings, but not our schools?”

    The act that made that happen is called the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Act, which creates rules for hardening physical and cyber security for various industrial and commercial facilities. A lot of this started with 2001, but after the black out of 2003, the energy industry began enforcing CIP after seeing how easy it would be to cause mass chaos. Educational facilities (schools, universities, etc) are excluded from the act.

    Industrial sites keep armed guards, perimeter fencing, real-time monitoring services, cross-training with local police. The computer systems must lock out terminated users, and logs are monitored for intrusions. Something as simple as a badge swipe at a door could have kept Cruz out, or a turnstile gate. It’s inconvenient as all hell, and requires a lot of vigilance, but if you want to be able to stop everyone, it’s what you will need to do.

    Liked by 2 people

  25. StanH says:

    The Big Guy! Our president is an a$$ kicker, it’s great to be alive.

    Liked by 4 people

  26. CountryclassVulgarian says:

    Four words. I LOVE LOVE LOVE our President.

    Liked by 2 people

  27. eagle1965 says:

    Mark Levin going down the rabbit hole. He is hysterical. Click.

    Liked by 2 people

  28. scott467 says:

    “AUDIENCE MEMBER: (heckler, Inaudible.)”


    That was probably Ben Shapiro, or Amanda Carpenter, or Bill Kristol, or any of a hundred other Trump-hating, America-hating neo-con Globalist Uni-Party traitors who ‘wow’ the CPAC barking seals every year.


    • Ditch Mitch says:

      Well this school of seals loved PDJT. He had them listening, laughing, cheering, standing ovations. I think the CPAC crowds love PDJT and what he is doing.

      The regular speakers not so much. Those regular speakers have agendas and they were wrong about PDJT. They will never admit it, though the crowd knows it and the better reporters even said that PDJT’s actions after the 1st year were even more conservative than Reagan. The agendas of the regular speakers are threatened by PDJT. While they talk and talk for $$$, PDJT marches in and gets things done.

      Ben surprised me when he gave the President credit while listing PDJT’s successes. However, he did call the President a liar for his exaggerated tweets. Ben, PDJT exaggerates to make a point. How many times have you called out Bozo, HRC out for their lies.

      BTW, I think it was a agitator removed from the event. Don’t forget the crowd downing them out with USA! USA!

      Liked by 2 people

  29. jbrickley says:

    Well, I’m fired up! Here we are, it’s been one heck of year. Winning on a scale I never thought would be possible. Take heart, we are indeed winning and we are going to continue to win. All of these wins haven’t even finished tallying the returns on their investments. That win from six months ago? The one that is doing so well? It’s not anywhere near finished. But you know what? There’s many more wins in the pipeline on their way. In the next couple of years I expect explosive exponential Main Street economic growth the likes of which this world has never seen before. We haven’t done much with new trade deals yet, wait till those deals are cut and it will be like dumping areosol grade A jet fuel on the bonfire! WUMPF KA-BOOM BABY!

    Now is not the time to listen to our dark, twisted, angry, insane enemy. Now is the time to pick up that ball and push for the end zone for one touch down after another. We cannot take a break on the bench, we cannot take a nap. There is no sense of sorrow at the enemies losing score, we will not hold back and run out the clock. We will drive, drive, drive that ball for more and more touchdowns. We will score so high, the scoreboard counter will flip to 000 and start over again!

    We cannot convince the opposition into agreeing with us. You can’t deprogram them that easily. They must be defeated, their power removed, their leaders crushed and swept aside. They must be openly mocked and ridiculed because they are the crazy ones. We must drink heartily of their tears! We must replace the GOPe swampers in November and again in 2020 and two years later until they are gone. Need to build up a political machine much like the Tea Party rising and push forward new Conservative Realists to run for office. People that can roll up their sleeves and get things done. People who cannot be corrupted. We must target the pet causes of the enemy and solve those problems they claim they are fighting to solve but never really fix. That is how we disarm them, we steal their causes and use them against them. Just like guerrilla warfare tactics, you take the enemies weapons and use them against your enemy. I mean who doesn’t want to solve the problems of poverty, the homeless, drug addiction, quality education, racism, etc.? We never stood for those horrible things they say. They blather on an on about the downtrodden and the repressed but it is they that are keeping them down beneath their jack boots. The opposition wants their supporters angry and broken and dependent on them. Let’s convert the lost and set them free!

    Oh it’s going to be a good year. Saving over $4k in Fed Tax, earned a raise of about the same, and my bonus went up $10k. Job opportunities are starting to look way up. I’ll be debt free except my mortgage by the end of the year. Next year will be even better and the year after that. One day, I may glance at a gas pump and read $1.15/gal on the display.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Blacksmith8 says:

      You want a prediction?
      The way our energy sector is moving, we are going to see 75 cents/gal before 2020.

      Get ready to laugh – There’s nuttin cali, sierra, or any other lib can do about it.

      Liked by 3 people

      • jbrickley says:

        The problem is that we haven’t built a new refinery in almost 40 years! Add into that 57 fuel recipes for summer, winter, ethanol, and each state has it’s own standards. All that has to be created and then transported. It adds a lot of overhead cost. Unfortunately, no one wants a refinery in their back yard.


  30. WeThePeople2016 says:

    I felt like I was watching one of his rallies again this morning. Trump was his comfortable self and he was on fire. The audience was eating it up and going crazy. It was the fastest 1+ hour – it was over too soon.

    Liked by 2 people

  31. Lawrence says:

    BEST VOTE I ever made in my life for anything.

    Liked by 5 people

  32. Patriot1783 says:

    Loved that he told “The Snake” fable again!

    Liked by 1 person

  33. kallibella says:

    There are no words that can adequately describe the gratitude I feel in my heart for POTUS Trump! I thank the Lord for allowing us to have this patriot for our President.
    This speech was so awesome. He was at ease. Funny. Personable. Real. Eloquent in his unique way. And he read “The Snake” !!!!
    He made point after point and made sense all the way.

    Thank you Lord for allowing us to have President Trump for such a time as this!
    Bless him and protect him and turn the hearts of men and women and children to You, Lord. May we seek to bless You!

    Liked by 1 person

  34. AH_C says:

    Great speech


  35. AH_C says:

    To all the lo-infos on our side that continually murmur against Trump over this or that without looking at the whole picture, just STFD and STFU. Trump means what he promised us and doing what he can in spite of opposition from every direction. We need to get the vote out for next November.

    If you haven’t checked yet, you need to get involved with your local party. All politics is local and I’m going to do my part to ensure whoever gets nominated is one that Trump can count on. For instance, our local party will hold a district convention to select delegates that will represent us at the state convention next month.

    I’m pretty sure your own local party could use your support and participation. Remember, it is those who partake that determine the representation that we deserve. Given the hubbub over the 2nd, you can be sure that some within the party have totally bought into the gun control mentality and aim to have the dominant voice on this issue as well as other RINO or progressive agenda items. My goal is to be there with like minded neighbors to counter and block them.


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