This weekend, a number of prominent Republicans spoke at the CPAC conference. During the speeches, though, there was very little substance. There were also few outlines of how the GOP would move forward after last year’s losses.
Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) defended former President Donald Trump despite harsh criticism about the speech Trump gave at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
“The American people appreciate people who does what they said [they would],” Jordan told “Fox and Friends” co-host Steve Doocy. “That’s the point I was making because so often in that town, people go campaign, get to Washington, then come up with a bunch of excuses why they can’t do what they said they were going to do, or pretend to do what they said they were going to do but never really get it done.”
Representative Lauren Boebert (R-Co.) has made headlines in recent weeks for refusing to abide by a House rule that states lawmakers who refuse to walk through metal detectors installed outside the House chamber following the January 6 siege of the United States Capitol will be fined $5,000 for their first offense and $10,000 for any subsequent offense. Boebert has tried to circumvent the policy and bring her gun onto the House floor.
If Democrats want to save democracy and work toward unity, they must remove the obstacle of the filibuster.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) slammed the “failed Republican establishment” in remarks at the Conservation Political Action Conference (CPAC).
“Florida’s leading on the issues that matter to conservatives,” DeSantis said. “We don’t spout hollow rhetoric. We take decisive action.” He referred to Florida as “an oasis of freedom” and praised his administration’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
He added: “We cannot, we will not go back to the days of the failed Republican establishment of yesteryear. We reject open borders and instead support American sovereignty and the American worker. Building a movement on amnesty and cheap foreign labor is like building a house on a field of quicksand.”
You can listen to DeSantis’s remarks in the video below.
.@GovRonDeSantis Blasting Establishment Republicans
"We reject open borders & instead support American sovereignty & the American worker. Building a movement on the foundation of amnesty & cheap foreign labor is like building a house on a field of quicksand." #CPAC2021 pic.twitter.com/yqj7d9ixQk
During a segment on “Fox and Friends,” Fox News personality Pete Hegseth criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading expert on Covid-19 for being “anti-fun” while attending a maskless breakfast for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida.
“Because you don’t have to [wear a mask], that is indeed the case,” said Hegseth in response to “Fox and Friends” co-host Steve Doocy’s observation that “you don’t have to” wear masks or face coverings at a “Breakfast with Friends” event. “I like the idea. Let’s get someone following anti-fun Fauci around and getting a second opinion at every moment. I think a lot of people in here would agree.”
You can hear Hegseth’s comments in the clip below.
Fox & Friends is excited to do a Breakfast With Friends in Orlando explicitly because they don't have to wear masks inside, unlike what "anti-fun Fauci" would want. (h/t @tylermonroe7) pic.twitter.com/ortAhH3WKj
Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page said Trump is still very much obsessed with her and former FBI head of counterintelligence Peter Strzok.
Trump's chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney compared the coronavirus to a hoax and claimed that the media was using panic to bring down Trump.
Appearing on MSNBC, GOP strategist Rick Tyler said he was extremely upset at what he heard from Donald Trump during his speech at CPAC. But even more disturbing, Tyler said, was the enthusiastic reception the president was received from the crowd. As the National Spokesman and Communications Director for Cruz for President, Rick was a senior member of Senator Ted Cruz’s 2016 campaign team.
“It’s interesting about CPAC,” Tyler said. “It used to be the confab of conservatives who would get together once a year but it’s not CPAC anymore — it hasn’t been since 2016. It’s now Trump-pac and should be TPAC.”
“The people there talk about being pro-tariffs, anti-justice, anti-law enforcement, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, pro-Russia, pro-autocrat,” he continued. “It’s unrecognizable what Donald Trump has done to the party and what he’s done to the conservative movement — it’s a shame.”
When asked, “What can be done to resurrect the Republican Party as it was — or is that gone?” Tyler said the party is dead.
“Rest in peace,” he lamented, adding:
“No, it’s over. The problem is that the Republican Party has no grounding governing philosophy anymore because they’ve signed on to all these things as I just mentioned that were antithetical to the conservative movement.”
It has been four-hundred and eighteen days since Donald Trump has been sworn into office as President. Since that time, Americans have been treated to what is aptly described as a reality-show presidency with all of the trappings. Each day brings new revelations about Trump’s campaign and its possible and likely involvement with Russia in order to secure the highest office in the land. Each morning Americans are treated to a host of Tweets, now considered part of the Presidential record, sent out to whomever it is Trump is targeting on that particular day.
And, just like every other reality show, there exists a certain amount of ambiguity with each passing day with nearly fifty-four or more administration officials exiting out the newly erected metaphorical revolving door, installed since Trump became President. Americans do not know day to day who will or who will not go home, a hallmark of the shows; American Idol, Top Chef, The Voice, Project Runway, or even Trump’s prior show; Celebrity Apprentice.
While the reality show has become a staple of pop culture in our country, I highly doubt the Founders of our country intended our nation to be run in this dramatic fashion. And despite this; it is. The question is whether this is sustainable.
On March 6, 2018, White House Chief Economic Advisor Gary Cohn resigned from Trump’s administration in reaction to what many political analysts believed to be Cohn’s disagreement with Trump’s plan imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum, an act which arguably serves as a catalyst for a potential trade war. Historically speaking, tariffs are not considered wise, nor do they lead to better relations with other global partners, and many speculated this was too much for the former Goldman Sachs President to accept; a bridge too far if you will.
But there were other reasons for Cohn’s departure, specifically, the manner in which Trump handled the tragic events which led to the killing of an innocent woman, Heather Heyer, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump vacillated in his position leading to his proclamation that there “were fine people” on both sides of the White Nationalist spawned event. According to the Financial Times, Cohn shared that he “faced enormous pressure to both remain and leave” the White House. Cohn further stated:
“Citizens standing up for equality and freedom can never be equated with white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK. I believe this administration can and must do better in consistently and unequivocally condemning these groups and do everything we can to heal the deep divisions that exist in our communities.”
Despite this harsh rebuke from what many analysts considered to be one of the few “adults in the room” in the Trump administration, the divisiveness continues, the adults continue leaving the administration, and the reality show continues.
It is against this backdrop then, that Trump’s apparent decision to fill Cohn’s vacancy with Larry Kudlow leaves the American people with not much hope in escaping this reality nightmare. For whatever misgivings Cohn brought to the table, he was the
adult in the room
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Davi is wrong, not only about the law but about who is guilty of spreading false and malicious rumors. It is his hero who is liable, not his critics
So far at CPAC we have seen nonstop attacks on "globalists" and "globalism" - and this from a president who makes money from all over the globe. On the whole, this makes as much sense as liberals being cast as the elites when it's Trump who uses a golden toilet as his throne.
As the Trump White House leans on the FBI to shut it up about their Russian connections, at CPAC the Trump fans waved their pro-Trump fans with gusto, until the fans were hastily confiscated.
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Fox News says he won't work in journalism anymore, which should be easy since harassing and trolling people online isn't really journalism.
“Anti-Semitism, ok. Racism, ok. Alt Right, ok. Advocacy of pedophilia? Is THAT the bridge too far?”
Donald Trump knows CPAC is not Trump country so he's going to Kansas, if he can find something he can't spell on a map