If there was any doubt what CPAC attendees think of President Trump it was erased the moment he walked on stage as the crowd went crazy cheering the new Commander-in-Chief. National Harbor’s Potomac Ballroom was packed in anticipation of seeing the president. Not only was it a standing room only crowd, they took down a movable wall behind the press area and opened an entire back room for people to stand and watch.
When Pres.Trump first spoke to CPAC in 2011 the reaction was mixed. Some loved him, the Ron Paul fans hated him, and a third group was doubtful of his conservative credentials. This time the crowed was unified in its enthusiasm for the new president.
After thanking the CPAC crowd, and reminding them that his first major political speech was to CPAC in 2011 the President lit into the press about fake news.
CNN was lucky the president didn’t see the video story they posted last night with the headline at “CPAC conservatives cautiously embrace Trump.” The video which can be seen here, seemed to show that attendees were fully behind the POTUS. CNN must have realized it too as the post with the same headline was taken down. The first day of CPAC the crowd cheered every time the president’s name was mentioned.
You know, the dishonest media, they’ll say he didn’t get a standing ovation. You know why? No, you know why? Because everybody stood and nobody sat. So they’ll say he never got a standing ovation, right?
They are the worst.
(…) I would have come last year, but I was worried that I’d be at that time too controversial. We wanted border security, we wanted very, very strong military. We wanted all of the things that we’re going to get, and people consider that controversial, but you didn’t consider it controversial. So I’ve been with CPAC for a long time. All of these years we’ve been together, and now you finally have a president, finally. Took you a long time. Took you a long time. And it’s patriots like you that made it happen, believe me. You did it because you love your country, because you want a better future for your children, and because you want to make America great again.
The media didn’t think we would win. The pundits — you’re right — they had an idea. The pundits didn’t think we’d win. The consultants that suck up all that money — oh, they suck it up — they’re so good. They’re not good at politics, but they’re really good at sucking up people’s money. Especially my opponents’, because I kept them down to a minimum. But the consultants didn’t think we would win. But they all underestimated the power of the people, you, and the people proved them totally wrong. This is so true, and this is what’s been happening. Never underestimate the people. Never. I don’t think it will ever happen again…
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