Trump Takes on The World With Blistering CPAC Speech
After a week characterized by the media as a bad one, President Donald Trump took the stage at CPAC on Saturday seemingly no worse for wear. In a blistering two-hour speech – the longest of his presidency – Trump admittedly went “totally off script” to take on his enemies in the press, the Democratic Party, and around the world.
Trump has delivered quite a few powerful, teleprompter-read speeches throughout his presidency, but this has always been a commander-in-chief who is better and more authentic when he’s off the script. He proved that again on Saturday as he landed blow after blow to the adoration of thousands of conservative activists in Maryland.
While Trump powerfully touched on subjects as far-ranging as Otto Warmbier to Elizabeth Warren, he was at his most potent when assailing the Russia investigation. On Wednesday, Michael Cohen testified before Congress, launching a hailstorm of accusations against his former boss, none of which had anything to do with the central question of Robert Mueller’s investigation. As Trump indicated on Saturday, that was just par for the course. He recalled the media having a field day with his campaign-trail joke, where he asked Russia to find Hillary Clinton’s 30,000 missing emails.
“So everybody is having a good time, I’m laughing, we’re all having fun. Then that fake CNN and others say, ‘He asked Russia to go get the emails. Horrible,’” Trump said. “These people are sick, and I’m telling you, they know the game and they play it dirty, dirtier than anybody has ever played the game.”
Trump also assailed the Mueller investigation, which he insinuated was a transparent attempt to undermine democracy.
“All of a sudden, they are trying to take you out with bullshit,” Trump said. “Now Robert Mueller never received a vote and neither did the person that appointed him and as you know, the attorney general said, ‘I’m going to recuse myself.’ And I said ‘Why the hell didn’t he tell me that before I put him in?'”
Trump said that Democrat-led investigations in the House were unlikely to be any better.
“I saw a little Shifty Schiff yesterday,” Trump said. “He went into a meeting. He said, ‘We are going to look into his finances.’ Where did that come from? He always talked about Russia. The collusion delusion.”
It actually gets better than that; according to Bloomberg, Rep. Jerry Nadler and the House Judiciary Committee are planning an investigation into Trump’s use of the phrase “fake news,” saying that he represents a danger to the free press. And if it’s not that, it’s his tax returns. And if it’s not his tax returns, it’s Stormy Daniels. They are going to come at him from every angle.
You’d think that a president who conspired with a foreign adversary to steal an election would be pretty easy to impeach. Funny how all Democrats can do is chase their tails and move the goalposts. It’s almost as if their entire conspiracy theory was a hoax from the word go.