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Donald Trump CPAC Video

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Donald Trump CPAC Video

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President Donald Trump gave a highly-anticipated speech at CPAC 2017 on Friday. Watch the video below.

CPAC is the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. It is traditionally held in Maryland by the American Conservative Union. The multi-day event features appearances from right-leaning politicians, pundits, and activists, and this year’s conference included a number of people from Trump’s administration. Most notably, Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus and Vice President Mike Pence all spoke on Thursday.

Interestingly, while Trump has a years-long history with the gathering (he hinted to a presidential run in his 2011 speech), the mogul-turned-politician actually canceled his planned 2016 speech at the last minute to focus on campaigning. Of course, Trump went on to win the election, and now many were eager to hear what he would say today.

The president began by saying, “Thank you, everybody. Great to be with you. Great to be at CPAC. It’s a place I have really — I love this place. Love you people. So thank you very much.” He added, “I wouldn’t miss chance to speak to my friends. These are my friends. We’ll see you again next year, and the year after that.”

After telling the audience to sit down, Trump said, “The dishonest media, they’ll say he didn’t get a standing ovation. You want to know why? Because everybody stood and nobody sat… They are the worst.” That led everyone who just sat to stand again, chanting “USA.” Trump went on to discuss his CPAC history, and said he feared he’d be “too controversial” last year.

“Now you finally have a president, finally. Took you a long time. And it’s patriots like you that made it happen, believe me,” he said. “The media didn’t think we would win. The pundits didn’t think we’d win… But they all underestimated the power of the people.”

Trump went on, “We are all fighting the fake news. It’s phony, fake. A few days ago I called the fake news media the enemy of the people, and they are… They’re very dishonest people.” He then stressed that he was calling the “fake news” outlets the enemy, not the media in general. “So I’m not against the media. I’m not against the press. I don’t mind bad stories if I deserve them. I love good stories… But I am only against the fake news media or press. Fake. They have to leave that word,” he insisted.

He then slammed “dishonest” reporters and the “Clinton News Network.” Trump swore he “loves the First Amendment” and “nobody loves it better than me,” and said it gave him “the right to criticize fake news, and criticize it strongly.” He then declared that he had a “victory” like none other, and said it was a “victory and a win for conservative values.”

“There’s such love for everything we stand for,” Trump said, touting his “movement.” In defining that “movement,” he said, “We are a nation that puts and will put its own citizens first.” When the crowd chanted to “build the wall,” the president promised it’s going to start “soon” and “way ahead of schedule.” He added, “We’re getting the bad ones out. Bad dudes… All I’ve done is keep my promise.”

Trump once again said, “I inherited a mess, believe me. I also inherited a failed healthcare system… Obamacare doesn’t work, folks.” He further said he wanted to let it “implode,” and have the “Democrats beg” for help fixing it. He then lamented America’s lack of “winning,” and promised, “We’re gonna win big, folks… The era of empty talk is over.”

He vowed to end “illegal immigration,” stop drug infiltration, and aid inner cities. As part of that, he promised he’s taking “criminal aliens and throwing them the hell out of our country.” Trump cited Chicago as a place of “violent crime,” and said, “We will support the incredible men and women of law enforcement.” At that, the president stopped speaking and joined the crowd in applause. “Thank you, and thank them,” he said.

Trump next took on the economy and tax reform. “It’s time for all Americans to get off a welfare and get back to work. You’re going to love it,” the president said. He went on to say he’s going to build up the military, though he hopes it won’t be needed. “Nobody’s gonna mess with us, folks. Nobody… We believe in peace through strength, and that’s what we will have,” he said, adding that he will “totally obliterate ISIS” and “eradicate this evil from the face of the earth.”

The president went on to say, “Take a look at what happened in Sweden. Take a look at what’s happening in Germany… We have to be smart, folks, and we can’t let it happen to us.” He added, “I will never apologize for protecting the safety of the American people,” insisting he’s not bothered by the “bad press” that may result. “Our administration is running with great efficiency, even though I don’t have my cabinet approved,” he further said.

Trump again applauded when he mentioned veterans, and later said, “And, by the way, we will protect our Second Amendment.” Boos and “lock her up” chants began after the president brought up Hillary Clinton calling his supporters “deplorables,” and he declared, “The forgotten men and women will be forgotten no longer. That’s the heart of this movement and the future of the Republican party.”

He then decried globalism, saying, “I’m not representing the globe. I’m representing your country.” There’s only one allegiance that unites us all, and that’s allegiance to America… No matter our color, or the color of the blood we bleed. It’s the same blood of great, great patriots. We all salute the American flag, and we all are equal in the eyes of the Almighty God.” He went on to thank voters, promising, “I will not disappoint you.”

Trump concluded, “I want to say god bless you, and god bless the United States of America.” Watch the full video below.

 


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