February has come and gone, and President Biden still has not delivered a State of the Union address. He spent the weekend cooped up in Delaware, remaining invisible, as is his wont. Meanwhile, all eyes were on Orlando on Sunday when former President Trump delivered his thundering CPAC address, which might as well have been the real State of the Union speech.
Trump’s message was a rallying cry for the conservative movement and for the Republican Party to unite. It was a call to action to cancel cancel culture and to push back against government tyranny, Big Tech censorship, and a dishonest press. It was a message for conservatives to speak up for the sacred causes that they cherish and value and to refuse to allow anyone to marginalize their voices. “No matter how much the Washington establishment and the powerful special interests may want to silence us, let there be no doubt. We will be victorious.” Trump said.
In his 90-minute remarks, Trump did not mince words. Trumpism is back, and it’s here to stay, he said: “I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we’ve begun together … is far from being over.”
In fact, Trump may be more popular now than ever before. A CPAC straw poll said 55 percent of the attendees saying they would vote for Trump in 2024, while the increasingly popular Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis finished second with 21 percent of the vote.
And if you’re wondering how popular Trump’s America First movement is, the same CPAC straw poll showed that 95 percent of respondents said they want the Republican platform to continue with Trump’s agenda and policies.
This is terrifying news for the Democrats and the laughingstock that is the Fourth Estate. Just look at today’s absurdly stupid headlines about CPAC, along with coverage from reprobates such as Jim Acosta, who have all but disappeared since our new basement president was sworn in. But they momentarily reemerged to reprise their roles spouting vitriol at their favorite target.
These buffoons will never understand what the Trump movement was all about or why it resonated with so many people. They never cared to. As the late sportscaster Howard Cosell once said of the dishonest press, “They’re a disgrace to the journalism they pretend to be a part of.”
In his speech, Trump announced, “We’re not starting new parties…. It’s [The GOP is] going to unite and be stronger than ever before.” He called for Republican members of Congress to stop attacking the MAGA movement and instead suggested they devote their energy to defending our country against the onslaught of disastrous policies that the Biden administration wants to implement: “Instead of attacking me and more importantly the voters of our movement, top establishment Republicans in Washington should be spending their energy in opposing Biden, Pelosi, Schumer, and the Democrats.”
He defended his record as president, including building a strong and resilient economy, as well as the undeniable success of Operation Warp Speed, regarding which Dr. Fauci’s boss, Francis Collins, recently described the Trump administration’s accomplishments as “breathtaking,” and said that his administration and its partners deserve full credit for delivering COVID vaccines in record time: “As conservatives and Republicans, never forget that we did it. Never let them take the credit because they don’t deserve the credit … They’re following our plan.”
Trump also laid out his America First Agenda: pro-jobs, pro-family, defending our borders, promoting religious liberty, and valuing the Constitution: “We’re in the middle of a historic struggle for America’s future, America’s culture, and America’s institutions, borders, and most cherished principles. Our security, our prosperity, and our very identity as Americans is at stake.”
Trump ripped into Biden’s disastrous first month in office and railed against his open border, anti-worker, anti-energy, anti-family, and anti-women policies: “In just one short month, we have gone from America first to America last.”
He rightfully attacked Biden for his subservience to the teachers unions, which has led to unscientific continued school closings and lockdown policies that have betrayed our children, stunted their learning and maturity, destroyed athletic dreams, and led to depression and a rise in suicides.
Trump criticized Biden for shamelessly ending the construction of the border wall and for causing a humanitarian crisis by proposing some of the most radical immigration policies that our country has ever seen.
The press never admitted it, but we knew all along that Biden was nothing more than a Trojan horse used by the left wing of his party. He is controlled by out-of-touch elitists, hypocrites, and plutocrats who are content with destroying energy jobs, sacrificing our border and national security, hurting women’s sports, crushing the futures of our children, and bankrupting our country.
But after Trump’s CPAC speech, we can now be certain that Trump is not going to ride off into the sunset. Whether he decides to run in 2024 or not, the former president is more than willing to be the messenger to promote the America First agenda on behalf of the Republican Party for the foreseeable future.
This is very welcome news.
David Keltz was a speechwriter in the Executive Branch and is the author of Media Bias in the Trump Presidency and the Extinction of the Conservative Millennial. He previously served as a White House Intern for Vice President Mike Pence.