NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND– President Donald Trump treated Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) crowds with a speech that lasted over two hours on Saturday.
The speech was definitely the longest CPAC speech ever provided by a president of the United States and the longest speech ever at CPAC. It was also referred to as the longest speech of his presidency.
Trump stopped to hug the American flag after he took the stage at 12: 14 p.m. EST to his favorite American anthem, “Proud to Be an American” by Lee Greenwood.
He started his speech by remembering his very first big political speech at CPAC in 2011.
” I enjoyed it a lot that I came back for a second one. Then a third, and then I stated, ‘What the hell, let’s run for president,'” Trump stated.
The president had a prepared speech and teleprompters set up but quickly deserted them to discuss what was on his mind.
” You understand I’m absolutely off script right now, and this, you understand, is how I got chosen, by being off script,” he said. “And if we do not go off script our nation is in big trouble, folks.”
Trump spoke at length about his presidency, informing stories about his experience in the White House during the federal government shutdown and his journey to Iraq to fulfill with the soldiers. He ripped the ongoing investigations by congressional Democrats, the FBI, and unique counsel Robert Mueller.
He also spoke about socialist Democrats and buffooned the “Green New Deal” presented by freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
” I simulate thegreennewoffer.I respect it considerably,” Trump joked as the crowd laughed. “It must belong to the dialogue of the next election.”
Trump likewise commented that he was distributing excessive material from his future 2020 campaign rallies against Democrat oppositions.
” I’m going to regret this speech,” he said. “This speech needs to have been delivered a year from now, not now damn it.”
He joked that he damaged Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) by ripping her as “Pocahontas,” however conceded that he might have ended her political career too quickly.
” Now I won’t get a possibility to run versus her, and I would have loved that,” he said. “I do not wish to knock out all of the great stuff and end up with somebody that’s actually got skill.”
After about an hour and a half, Trump checked in on the audience and asked, “Is everybody ok? I haven’t seen anybody leaving,” he stated.
He joked, “I understand one thing– if Mark Levin leaves, I will leave really quickly.”
The CPAC audience remained engaged as the president continued, with familiar chants of “U.S.A.!” “Build the wall!” and “Lock her up!” as his political rallies.
Trump likewise buffooned the “Never Trumpers” in the conservative motion, insisting that they were on “mouth-to-mouth resuscitation” simply to remain alive.
The president likewise explored important styles coming up in 2020, including complimentary speech on campus– even welcoming a conservative college trainee on phase who was punched for his beliefs.
Trump glanced at his watch after the two-hour mark and remarked, “I have actually been up here a long period of time!”
His voice remained strong through the speech, and he continued standing at the podium on stage.
He thanked Matt Schlapp, the American Conservative Union president and CPAC director, for putting the conference together, noting that the organizer said he might speak as long as we desired.
” Now more than ever, we require the happy men and ladies of CPAC, and I wish to thank everyone here due to the fact that it is amazing, your company is incredible,” he stated.
Schlapp said that the organization welcomed record crowds to CPAC this year to hear the president speak.
” Like Ronald Reagan, when he wants to charge, he links with his base, here at CPAC,” he stated as he presented the president.