President Trump's sometimes scripted, mostly extemporaneous speech entertained, educated, and encouraged the rapt crowd. He was the man of the hour -- as he is the man of this time.
Key moments of the President Trump's "speech event" included --
-President Trump reminiscing about his Father's advice that "you don't get rich sitting behind a desk." The president brought up this advice in relation to his own propensity to get military feedback not just from the generals but from the men and women on the ground engaged in the battle. In this context the President announced that the Califate is 100% destroyed in Syria.
-President Trump providing a mini-history lesson about tariff laws on the books from the 1880s that have been dusted off and now used to protect our assets in negotiating with countries that have high import tariffs on American goods but no reciprocal fees. He referenced President William McKinley, an Ohio Republican elected 1896 and assassinated in 1901, who was a strong defender of protecting Americans assets.
-President Donald Trump vowing, to the CPAC crowd's great applause, to sign an executive order requiring colleges and universities to "support free speech" -- if they want to be eligible for federal research dollars.
"If they want our dollars, and we give it to them by the billions, they've got to allow people like Hayden [referring to the conservative young man attacked on UC Berkeley's campus] and many other great young people and old people to speak," Trump said.
CPAC, Conservative Political Action Conference, took place at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland this year from Feb. 27 to March 2.
The list of speakers included Mark Levin, Michelle Malkin, James O'Keefe, Candace Owens, Laura Ingraham, Brenden Straka, Nigel Farage, Tom Fitton, Judge Jeanine, Diamond and Silk, Gary Sines, and Gordon Chang.
The CPAC agenda can be viewed here.
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