Trump’s CPAC Speech Showcased His Bond with Voters
RUSH: So on Saturday, President Trump delivered a two-hour speech at CPAC that was amazing. It was a combination of a little bit on the prompter; it was some stream of consciousness. And what none of these people who are critics of Trump acknowledge or understand — like I saw one guy, “Do you realize how much he got wrong? Do you realize all the factual things that were just wrong in that speech, but his audience didn’t care. They really just soaked it all up. But I could fact check that and I could find 10 hundred things that were –” go on and on like this.
And then they conclude — there was a guy that writes for Reason which is a Libertarian magazine — that despite it all, Trump may have actually won the reelection on Saturday with his speech at CPAC. In fact, we have some sound bites from his speech. It might help if I use some of these. This is key. We have four. Cover the bases here. So here’s the first of the four sound bite excerpts we have of the president’s speech Saturday at CPAC.
THE PRESIDENT: They were coming from everywhere to vote. Those red hats, and white ones. The key isn’t the color. The key is what it says: Make America Great Again, is what it says, right?
THE PRESIDENT: Right? But we had the greatest of all time. Now we have people that lost. And, unfortunately, you put the wrong people in a couple of positions, and they leave people for a long time that shouldn’t be there. And, all of a sudden, they’re trying to take you out with bullsh*t. (bleeped) Okay?
THE PRESIDENT: With bullsh*t.” (bleeped)
RUSH: Oh, my gosh. The Never Trumpers can’t believe he actually said bullsh*t. Oh, no! Can’t believe he said it. It’s time to go get the — do not bleep that. I’m quoting him. You think I should bleep it? Okay, bleep it. Damn it. Go ahead and bleep it. All right, well, don’t next time. I could fall back on the fact that I’m sick and delirious with fever and the ravages of the virus.
Anyway, the key there is the word “you.” Trump knows that as they take him out, they’re taking out the people who voted for him. “Unfortunately, you put the wrong people in a couple of positions, and they leave people for a long time that shouldn’t be there.” That’s a reference to Obama and the career appointments.
He’s talking about Comey and McCabe and Clapper and Brennan, all these people that were in the Obama DOJ and intelligence agencies is primarily what he’s referring to there. They get in there and they’re these career people that are opposed to Trump and all of a sudden they’re trying to take you out with bull feathers. And so the Never Trumpers then started freaking, “Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Where’s the guy with the great crease in his slacks? Where’s that guy, oh, my God, we have a president who, oh, my God…”
They’re freaking because Trump used a profanity in a presidential address. But what these people fail to see — and I’m sorry for being redundant, folks. My redundancy is simply rooted in the fact that I’m hell-bent on people understanding serious points that I’m making, so I repeat them over and over.
What they do not get is the connection Trump has with everybody in that audience, with everybody who voted for him, with everybody who goes to a Trump rally. He has a one-on-one connection with masses of people. And it’s a natural-born talent or skill. It’s not something that can be taught.
You can’t be taught, for example, to throw a baseball 95 or a hundred miles an hour. That’s something you’re born able to do. It’s why I’ve always said champions are born; they are not made. Golf swing. Tiger Woods, 120 miles an hour. Nobody can teach that. You can just do it, or you can’t. Well, likewise, having the requisite personality and charisma, empathy, believability, these are things that certain people have and others don’t, and those who have it learn very early that they do and they learn how to use it.
Trump has this in spades. And this is what they’re trying to diminish. This is what they’re trying to destroy, and they can’t, because they don’t even understand it. So they do a review, “I found a thousand things he said factually wrong.” Doesn’t matter. “Why doesn’t it matter? These are the same people that got mad at Obama for lying.” Totally different. Obama didn’t relate to people. Obama didn’t have that one-on-one connection. Obama positioned himself as a deity standing above everybody, God reverb on his microphone, talking down to everybody, relying on people being mesmerized as though he were some kind of messiah. That’s what he cultivated.
Trump doesn’t rely on any of that at all. Trump connects with people. Whether he gets something factually wrong here or there doesn’t matter because people trust where Trump wants to end up. And they trust what Trump sees as danger. They trust what Trump is opposed to, and they trust what Trump believes in.
And so in the course of two hours of a speech where he, you know, utters a mild profanity or maybe gets some things wrong, it doesn’t matter. Because everybody in that room was made to feel like they’re in his group. They are part of his world. And he welcomes people into that world.
He doesn’t erect barriers and set himself above and beyond people. And he doesn’t establish these walls where you can’t get in, but you can see him now. He’s not in any way, shape, manner, or form. They just fail to understand because in their world those kinds of things are not necessary. The will of the people is the last thing the Washington establishment is concerned with, except at election time. But what the people want, what people think, it’s sneered at. It is mocked.
They make fun of it, these clowns in Washington when they’re sitting around after work at cocktail parties, or wherever they happen to be, they mock the concerns of invisible, average Americans that they think are just fodder or placeholders for the country having enough human beings in it to make it work. But they’re not real people, particularly those in flyover states or in red states. They’re not real people. They’re hicks, hayseeds, all the other things.
Trump has this unique ability to connect with all of these people and to make them realize that he’s in it for the same reasons they would be if they could win an election. If they could run, he’s doing exactly what people are telling themselves and themselves, each other, what they would do if they got in power. So he validates what gazillions of Americans believe and think. And because people like this are rare, it takes a whole lot to bust up that connection, and nobody else can do it.
The media can’t do it. No amount of prying, no amount of investigating, no amount of criticism or debauchery. You can have 15 Robert Muellers going 24/7 for four years, and it wouldn’t change Trump voters’ opinions of Trump. Only Trump could do that. But they can’t. They don’t know that, so they keep trying.
And Nadler even admitted it. Jerrold Nadler from New York, the House Judiciary Committee chairman (imitating Nader), “Yeah. We’ve gotta convince these Trump voters that we’re not trying to steal, uh, reverse the election results of 2016.” Here’s the next bite where he emphases that both Mueller and Rosenstein never got a vote.
THE PRESIDENT: Robert Mueller never received a vote, and neither did the person that appointed him. And, as you know, the attorney general says (Jeff Sessions impression), “I’m gonna recuse myself!”
CROWD: (laughter followed by grumbling)
THE PRESIDENT: And I said, “Why the hell didn’t he tell me that before I put him in?”
CROWD: (laughter and applause)
THE PRESIDENT: “How do you recuse yourself?” But the person that appointed Robert Mueller never received a vote. But they fight so hard on this witch hunt, this phony deal that they put together, this phony thing that now looks like it’s dying. So they don’t have anything with Russia. There’s no collusion. So now they go and morph into, “Let’s inspect every deal he’s ever done. We’re gonna go into his finances. We gonna check his deals. We gonna check…” These people are sick.”
THE PRESIDENT: They’re sick!
CROWD: (cheers and applause)
RUSH: Well, that’s what his voters all think. His voters know that there wasn’t any collusion with Russia. See, this is another thing. Throughout this entire ordeal, Trump’s voters never bought any of this. They never doubted that Trump won this election fair and square. It’s been patently obvious that the people who lost this election can’t deal with it. It’s been patently obvious that the people who lost the election want no part of Trump being near them, in their city — much less running it — and so he’s right.
Now they’re gonna check into every aspect of his existence ’cause they have to find something. But then to say (summarized), “These people are sick. They’re sick! Jerrold Nadler says, ‘That’s obstruction of justice. He’s calling us sick!’” Well, you heard the cheers and applause that he got for the observation — and that’s how you people appear, by the way. You do appear to be out of your minds. You really do.
I don’t think you know it because your media that you trust implicitly never reports on you the way you are actually seen by the millions and millions that supported, voted for, and continue to adore Donald Trump. You look out of your minds. You look infantile. You look childish. The problem is, you have a lot of power to exercise all this anger that you feel. But who you are and what you are has not escaped people, and I think they know this. I think the fact that they do not have this overwhelming respect from their “lessers” — people beneath them — irritates them as well. One more from CPAC on Saturday. President Trump here…
THE PRESIDENT: If you tell a joke, if you’re sarcastic, if you’re having fun with the audience, if you’re on live television with millions of people and 25,000 in an arena, and if you say something like, “Russia, please, if you can, get us Hillary Clinton’s emails!”
CROWD: (roaring laughter and applause)
THE PRESIDENT: “Please, Russia, please!”
CROWD: (roaring laughter and applause)
THE PRESIDENT: “Please get us the emails, pleeeeease!”
CROWD: (chanting) Lock her up!
THE PRESIDENT: And then that fake CNN and other says (impression), “He asked Russia to come get the emails!”
RUSH: Hey, it’s not just CNN.
THE PRESIDENT: Horrible.
RUSH: It’s not just CNN. It’s that idiot Clapper! I’m sorry, Brennan! John Brennan, the CIA director for Obama. When he was asked — and this is recently, although he said it a number of times. He was a guest on one of the CNN panel shows. (summarized) “Well, what is the evidence you have that Trump colluded with Russia?” and he cites this! “Well, what more do we need? Trump literally asked the Russians to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails!” So it becomes patently obvious they’ve got no sense of humor.
They do not realize when they are being laughed at. They don’t realize when they are being mocked. They really took that seriously. Now some of you might be saying, “Rush, they know better than that. They’re just taking the occasion of this to act out.” Don’t doubt me on this. These people are so disconnected from any kind of reality, and everything with them is politics — everything is — that when Trump said that, they already have this misconception of him, this prejudgment perception of him that he is a loudmouth, brute, ogre, unsophisticated.
They really think that that’s what he would be doing: Asking Russia to hack Hillary’s emails. It’s so obviously a joke. And, you know, when that happened, it made me realize… How many of the things, Mr. Snerdley, that I have gotten in trouble with over the years with the Drive-By Media have been exactly because of that? I’ve been cracking jokes (some of them good, some of them bad) that they thought I really meant seriously, and then they go to town with it?
It’s one of the great dividing lines, because humor no longer exists on the left. Late-night comics don’t do humor; they do applause lines, which are rooted in hatred. Now… Yeah, I’d better take a break, because the next bite… There are people who think the only reason Trump went two hours was to show people he could do what I do. Oh, yeah. They actually said this! But you’ll hear that when we get back.
RUSH: Let’s start at 31 here. What we have here is Saturday afternoon on CNN Newsroom. This is after Trump’s speech, and the anchor/infobabe Ann Cabrera was talking to former Obama senior adviser on national security Samantha Vinograd about the speech. Question: “This idea, the idea in his speech of preserving ‘heritage’ tapped into historically darker times! Not only that, though! You say that what we heard from the president — those remarks — also could pose a national security concern!”
VINOGRAD: His statement makes me sick! On a personal level, “preserving our heritage,” “reclaiming our heritage”? That sounds a lot like a certain leader that killed members of my family and about six million other, uhhh, Jews in the 1940s. He sounds a lot like despotic leaders that have talked about “white heritage” and “white nationalism” around the world, and it’s putting resources in the wrong place and pretending that there are foreign people trying to, uhhhh, influence our country in a way that just isn’t accurate.
RUSH: Ms. Vinograd, Vinograd, whatever… (sigh) You know, are these people really this dense? Trump didn’t say one thing about “white heritage” or “white nationalism,” and, see, this is my point. When Trump talks about reclaiming or preserve heritage, he’s talking about the founding of the country. He’s talking about cultural and moral values. He’s talking about the distinct American culture and society that’s different from anywhere else in the world. It’s what is American exceptionalism.
And what Trump knows and all of us know is that an invasion of millions of people from anywhere else in the world — who are coming here illegally! For crying out loud, what is so hard to understand about illegal immigration? We have legal immigration set up. There are ways to get into this country legally, and we try to admit people who admittedly love the country and want to be part of it! We’re talking about illegal immigration!
There is no way millions and millions of people flooding our border can do anything but disrupt American society and culture. Not because they’re bad people, but because they’re not interested in becoming Americans. That’s not why they are pursuing illegal immigration! What is so hard for these people to understand about this? Look, I know that they know that these are future Democrat voters and that’s how they look at it.
They need a permanent underclass and all that. But to then take oppositions to illegal immigration and claim that it’s really a desire to preserve “white heritage” is absurdly insane. It has nothing whatsoever to do with that. It’s everything about preserving the United States and our constitutional framework as founded, and (sigh) the fact that there is an entire political party that’s not sensitive to that is the danger.
RUSH: One more here from Samantha Vinograd, whatever the pronunciation is. The infobabe at CNN, Ana Cabrera said, “Well, who does that speak to? Trump talking about white nationalism and white heritage, who is he speaking to there?”
VINOGRAD: It speaks to his base, and it also, by the way, this whole CPAC speech, how many pieces — parts of President Putin’s to-do list was President Trump trying to accomplish today? He was speaking to his base, but he was also saying things that really look like Vladimir Putin scripted his speech.
RUSH: Now, that’s just deranged. They need to hide this babe. This is not persuasive. Vladimir Putin scripted the speech? Where does this come from? Seriously, intellectually, where does this come from? Okay, so we have a woman here. Her name is Samantha Vinograd. Who was she? She was in the foreign policy national security apparatus for Obama. Which would put her much closer to Putin and to Iran than Donald Trump could ever hope to be! And she thinks that Vladimir Putin wrote Trump’s CPAC speech.
How in the world do you get there? How in the world? Only if your mind has been totally corrupted and poisoned by irrational emotions like hate and resentment. This woman, I guarantee you, thinks that she’s special and that Trump isn’t. And there’s no way of explaining how somebody like this outsmarted her and her buddies and friends. So it has to be some conspiratorial reason, ’cause Trump couldn’t do this on his own. He’s too idiotic, he’s too dumb, he’s too stupid, too unsophisticated.
And here she is, oh, they’ve got a meme. They have a narrative. Trump and Russia stole the election from Hillary Clinton and they’re gonna stick with it no matter what. Even when Mueller doesn’t produce any information, and he hasn’t today, in all of his indictments, in all these people that have been found guilty via pleas, not one connection to anything they’ve done to Donald Trump or Russia, not one! Not one.
Flynn, Stone, Corsi, Manafort. There’s not one connection to Donald Trump and/or Russia and/or Putin. But she’s got it in her head that Donald Trump and Putin are buddies and that Putin wrote the speech. This is just irrationally unstable. And she’s not questioned on it. The infobabe doesn’t do anything but, “Oh, uh-huh, I see your point,” nod her head in the affirmative. Rather than, “What? You want to tell our audience that Vladimir Putin wrote that speech? Can you give me examples of what Putin would have said?” And she would have probably had answers like, “When Trump’s criticizing his own government, when Trump is criticizing his own attorney general, when Trump is criticizing his own –” well, all that criticism is legit. Just because these people think it’s out of place doesn’t make it incorrect.
All right. Now, Sunday morning, PMSNBC. There’s a program there called Up with David Gura. And he spoke with political correspondent from Axios Alexi McCammond and I guess Slate has a podcast, and the guy’s name is Mike Pesca. And they were talking about Trump’s speech on Saturday at CPAC, and this is how that went.
GURA: There was that weird moment in the Rose Garden where he talks about Rush Limbaugh. And he was so seemingly envious of the fact that Rush Limbaugh can do that. Like, he talked about like some people hold (crosstalk) radio shows that take calls.
GURA: You’ve done…
PESCA: (crosstalk) Rush doesn’t take a call even though Rush takes calls.
GURA: Rush can talk for three hours…
GURA: …so he’s getting close.
MCCAMMOND: No, no. He loves doing that. And that is exactly why CPAC is sort of a perfect setting for President Trump.
RUSH: Why? What? No, no. He loves doing that. That’s exactly why CPAC is a perfect – what? The fact that he can speak for two hours makes it a perfect setting? Here’s what they’re referring to. Audio sound bite number 34, February 15th, a Rose Garden impromptu press conference.
The NBC White House correspondent Kelly O’Donnell said, “Could you tell us to what degree some of the outside conservative voices helped to shape your views on this national emergency?”
THE PRESIDENT: Rush Limbaugh, I think he’s a great guy. He’s a guy that can speak for three hours without a phone call. Try doing that some time. For three hours he speaks. He’s got one of the biggest audiences in the history of the world. I mean, this guy is unbelievable. Try speaking for three hours without taking calls. Taking calls is easy. Okay, I’ll answer this one, I’ll answer that one. He goes for three hours and he’s got an audience that’s fantastic. They don’t decide policy.
RUSH: They don’t decide policy. Should go without saying. But she asked the question because they’re hoping against hope that he’ll slip up and say something. So that’s why, “Well, he was only doing this –” See, anything to avoid giving Trump credit for doing what they can’t believe. Because if truth be known, they watched that speech in utter disbelief.
They couldn’t believe how entertaining it was. They couldn’t believe how fast the two hours went by. They could not believe anybody could do this unscripted. They would not believe, could not believe anybody would try it. They could not believe the audience did not grow fatigued. They couldn’t believe any of it.
So they have to come up with a way to diminish it, and they do that by saying, “He was just doing that to show that he can do what Rush Limbaugh does!” I guarantee you, there wasn’t one thing in his mind in relation to that when it came time to make this speech — and I don’t know how long this speech was originally intended to be. When I spoke at CPAC, it was 5 p.m., it was the Saturday keynote, and when we got to 6 o’clock, the organizers at the time asked me if I could keep going.
I mean, they literally came out during one of the numerous rounds of standing ovations and applause. They came out and whispered to me, “How long can you go?” “You want another half hour?” “Fine.” “I’ll give you another half hour.” So I went for an hour and a half at this thing and then it ended at 6:30. I don’t know how long Trump was scheduled to speak, but I’ll guarantee you that he was on a roll and he didn’t see any reason to stop. He has things he wanted to say.
There’s obviously things he wanted to say, get off his chest and so forth. But, yeah, a totally friendly audience and friendly atmosphere without any rude Jim Acostas or anyone else there trying to interrupt and get in the way. So take advantage of the opportunity. They’re just jealous they can’t do it, folks. They’re just jealous they don’t have anybody that can do it! Name one Democrat! Can you imagine Hillary Clinton even coming close to that, or Bernie? They don’t have anybody.
Take any of these 16 to 20 Democrats who have announced. The latest is, what, this Hickenlooper from Colorado? (Snort!) Hickenlooper? Jay Inslee? There’s not a one of them… Let me just tell you, there’s not a one of these Democrats that can even occupy the stage at the same time with Trump and not appear as secondary and a stage prop like a potted plant. There is not a one of them who has anywhere near the ability or talent to command an audience that way, to own a stage that way, because it’s something you’re born with, and the key ingredient…
Do you know what the key ingredient is? Above all else, the one thing you have to have before you can do anything of the sort is confidence. And then a very close second is knowing what you’re gonna talk about and being passionate about. But if you don’t have the confidence — and I guarantee you there’s nobody on the Democrat side who has confidence they could hold an audience for longer than a half hour.
And there’s not anybody on the Democrat side who would ever even try to do a speech with no teleprompter. Not a one of them! So when the debates begin in the 2020 election, whoever the nominee is after Democrats wade through their chaff here, that person is not going to stand a chance. Donald Trump’s gonna appear to be 10 feet tall, and they’re going to look like ants. And there’s not a one of them that has anywhere near the presence to keep up. And this is what they all know, and it makes them seethe with rage and envy.