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Trump’s CPAC Triumph
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He’s back.

If there was any doubt about the popularity of Donald Trump in the conservative movement, it was erased for good with his Sunday CPAC appearance.

In the tradition of Trump rallies he entered the hall in Orlando to the “God Bless the USA” song that is now a virtual GOP anthem, courtesy of Lee Greenwood. He was received by CPAC-ers with a raucous, thunderous standing ovation.

He began this way:

Well thank you very much CPAC. Do you miss me yet? Do you miss me? A lot of things going on to so many wonderful friends, conservatives and fellow citizens in this room all across our country. I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we begun together we went through a journey like nobody else. There’s never been a journey like it, there’s never been a journey so successful. We began it together four years ago and it is far from being over.

Clearly, CPAC-ers do miss him. And it would be blindingly obvious they are not alone.

Trump did not disappoint. His speech was both detailed and uplifting, focused on the task that lies ahead.

Among the litany of subjects he discussed were illegal immigration, the wall on the southern border, the fight against socialism, COVID-19, “releasing criminals into the U.S. interior,” the continued closure of schools to appease the teachers unions, his push to get a vaccine, travel bans to prevent terrorism, peace in the Middle East, China, the WHO, energy, the jobs lost with the Biden cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline, the 30 percent surge in the price of gasoline since Biden’s election, trade deals, a strong military, celebrating American heritage, cancel culture, and more.

But without doubt his most well-received topic was his discussion of the 2020 election and the need for ensuring the integrity of the American election system, something he clearly intends to make a personal priority.

Said the former president (bold print supplied throughout):

Another one of the most urgent issues facing the Republican Party is that of ensuring fair, honest, and secure elections. Such a disgrace. Such a disgrace. Such a disgrace. We must pass comprehensive election reforms and we must do it now. The Democrats used the China virus as an excuse to change all of the election rules without the approval of their state legislatures, making it therefore illegal. It had a massive impact on the election.

Stop right there.

Over there in the UK Guardian is this headline from a few days ago:

Key aide said Covid was ‘the best thing that ever happened’ to Biden, book says

The story says this:

A senior adviser to Democrat Joe Biden in his campaign for president believed “Covid is the best thing that ever happened to him”, a new book reports.

Got that? That would be a literal confession from a Biden aide that, just as Trump said:

The Democrats used the China virus as an excuse to change all of the election rules without the approval of their state legislatures, making it therefore illegal. It had a massive impact on the election.

The former president continued on the subject, saying:

Again, you have to go to the legislatures to get these approvals. This alone would have easily changed the outcome of the election at levels that you wouldn’t have even believed. Even with COVID, even with all of the things, the numbers are staggering. We can never let this or other abuses of the 2020 election be repeated or happen again. Can never let that happen again.

You see what’s going on. We’ve been set back so greatly with other countries and with the world. We need election integrity and election reform immediately. Republicans should be the party of honest elections that can give everyone confidence in the future of our country. Without honest elections, who has confidence? Who has confidence? This issue is being studied and examined, but the reality is you cannot have a situation where ballots are indiscriminately pouring in from all over the country, tens of millions of ballots, where are they coming from? They’re coming all over the place. We’re illegal aliens and dead people are voting, and many other horrible things are happening that are too voluminous to even mention. But people know. I mean it’s being studied and the level of dishonesty is not to be believed. 

We have a very sick and corrupt electoral process that must be fixed immediately. This election was rigged and the Supreme Court and other courts didn’t want to do anything about it.

The former president had no hesitation in attacking the Supreme Court for its refusal to ensure an honest election. Then he listed the specifics of fixing the system to ensure honest elections:

Today I want to outline the steps that we must take to have an election system in this country that is honest, fair, and accurate. We need one election day, not 45, 30. One day, like it’s been. And the Republicans don’t get this, and the other things I’m going to say, that you should, like the Supreme Court, be ashamed of yourselves. One day. One day. And the only people that should be allowed to vote by mail are people that can be proven to be either very sick or out of the country or military where they can’t do it. One day. They have millions and millions of ballots sitting around all over the place for long periods of time. Gee, I wonder what happens with those ballots? I wonder what happens. It’s common sense. It’s a disgrace. It’s an absolute disgrace. 

There should be a legitimate reason for someone to vote absentee, has to have a reason. We should eliminate the insanity of the mass and very corrupt mail-in voting. We must have voter ID. Voter ID. To get into the Democratic National Convention, when they had the convention, you needed voter ID. You needed an ID card. You couldn’t get it unless you had an ID. So many people told me, “You can’t get in that place. You need ID. Nobody had ID.” You need voter ID….

We need universal signature matching. They want to pass a bill where you don’t have to match signatures, where signatures don’t mean anything. Now they know it’s … just like with the wall, just like with voter ID, when you need to go into anything that’s Democrat-run, you need it. But for voting, which is our most sacred institution, you don’t. They don’t want to let you have it. 

There should be a 100 percent requirement to verify the citizenship of every person who votes and there must be a chain of custody protections for every ballot. Every ballot. And you saw what happened in Detroit and Philadelphia and many other places, swing states mostly. All over, but swing states mostly. You saw what happened. You saw what was going on. You saw that more people … you take a look at the votes, when you have more votes than you have people, that’s a problem, right? Is that a problem? We have a little problem adjusting in Detroit. We seem to have more votes than we have people, a lot more votes, an election-changing number. We’re not talking about a number where you can’t … no, these aren’t election changing numbers. In Pennsylvania, they had hundreds of thousands of more votes than they had people voting. What’s that all about? What’s that all about? Cheating they say. Yeah, I’d say so.

In the history of our country, and it has taken place for years in Pennsylvania and Detroit and various other places. But there’s tremendous, never like this, because they used COVID as a way of cheating. That’s what happened. And everybody knows it. Hundreds of thousands and millions of ballots. They used it as a way of getting what they’ve wanted for many years. And the Republicans have to do something about it. They better do something about it. Our election process is worse than that in many cases of a third-world country. You know that, you saw what was going on.

Even if you consider nothing else, it is undeniable that election rules were illegally changed at the last minute in almost every swing state with the procedures rewritten by local politicians … you’re not allowed to do that … and local judges. They want more time, they want this, they want that. All done by local politicians or local judges, as opposed to state legislatures as required by the Constitution of the United States. And these are just numbers that are massive. These aren’t little numbers, these are numbers that in each state is a transformative number. It changes the outcome of the election. And it’s not close. Regardless of your political views, this should concern you as a constitutional matter. And the Supreme Court, again, didn’t have the guts or the courage to do anything about it. And neither did other judges.

In addition to his focus on election reform, stories are now coming out about the formation of a Trump super-PAC and about a meeting with House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy to plot strategy for winning back the House. There will surely be more.

Without doubt, Donald Trump is back. He is the undisputed leader of the Republican Party.

And he should be.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at jlpa1@aol.com. His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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