We welcomed back an old friend.
With his theme song, “God Bless the U.S.A.,” playing in the background, former President Donald Trump took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Sunday looking better than he has in years. Six weeks away from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has renewed him. He even appeared to have lost some weight.
Like a commander regrouping with his troops after a major defeat, Trump assessed the damage and offered a path forward.
He also cleared up any doubts about the leadership of the Republican Party.
I’m sure you all saw either Trump’s entire address or caught the highlights on the news, so there’s no need to recount the entire speech. I’d just like to hit a couple of items that stood out to me.
The former president made a key observation about the Democratic Party which Republicans would be wise to learn from.
Democrats stick together.
The Democratic Party doesn’t have any Mitt Romneys or (little) Ben Sasses. Or any Lincoln Projects. They have no anti-Clintoners or anti-Bideners. Party members rally behind their own regardless of their personal feelings toward a candidate. Because, for them, any Democrat is better than a Republican.
Here’s what Trump had to say (via rev.com):
The Democrats don’t have grandstanders like Mitt Romney, little Ben Sasse, Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Pat Toomey, and in the House, Tom Rice, South Carolina, Adam Kinzinger, Dan Newhouse, Anthony Gonzalez. That’s another beauty. Fred Upton, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Peter Meyer, John Katko, David Valadao. And of course the warmonger, a person that loves seeing our troops fighting, Liz Cheney. How about that? The good news is in her state, she’s been censured, and in her state, her poll numbers have dropped faster than any human being I’ve ever seen. So hopefully they’ll get rid of her with the next election. Get rid of them all.
Democrats are vicious. Remember this, it’s true. Democrats are vicious. He said evil, well, there is evil there, but they’re vicious, they’re smart, and they do one thing. You got to hand it to them. They always stick together. You don’t have Mitt Romney’s in the group. They always stick together.
Back in October, Mitt Romney’s office confirmed to The Hill that he did not vote for then-President Trump. They declined to say whether he had voted for Biden, a third-party candidate or no one. Only that he did not vote for Trump, whose policies largely line up with his own. Romney and so many others can’t possibly be happy with all of the far-left policies that have been put into place since Jan. 20. Yet, he put his personal hatred for Trump above what he believes is best for America.
Ditto for so many other Republicans.
Are they pleased with the liberal assault on our once-great nation?
How do they feel about the Democrats’ undisguised attempt to silence Fox News, Newsmax, and One America News Network?
Are they happy to provide food, shelter and health care for the throngs of illegal immigrants pouring into our country when there are millions of homeless Americans?
Trump pointed out that Biden administration officials are bragging about providing education for the children of illegals at the border while American children are falling behind because Biden has bowed to the powerful teachers’ unions.
Donald Trump: "The Biden administration is actually bragging about the education they are providing to migrant children on the border, while at the same, time millions of American children are having their futures destroyed by Joe Biden's anti-science school closures." pic.twitter.com/GhO1VYB4kQ
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 28, 2021
Democrats would never allow this to happen. Bernie Sanders couldn’t have been pleased about losing the party’s nomination to Biden. Whatever Sanders’ private feelings may be, he supported Biden publicly. Republicans need to do the same.
Early on, Trump threw cold water on the persistent rumor that he was planning to start a third political party (the Patriot Party). He said this had been fake news. He fully understands that such a move would divide Republicans and guarantee defeat.
We’re not starting new parties. They kept saying, he’s going to start a brand new party. We have the Republican party. It’s going to unite and be stronger than ever before. I am not starting a new party. That was fake news, fake news.
No. Wouldn’t that be brilliant? Let’s start a new party and let’s divide our vote so that you can never win. No, we’re not interested in that.
That came as a tremendous relief to many of us.
He offered a definition of Trumpism.
It means low taxes. It means eliminating job-killing regulations. Trumpism means strong borders, but people coming into our country based on a system of merit so they can come in and help us as opposed to coming here and not being good for us, including criminals.
It means no riots in the streets. It means law enforcement. It means very strong protection for the Second Amendment and the right to keep and bear arms. It means support for the forgotten men and women who have been taken advantage of for so many years.
And he set out a four-year plan for the GOP. Trump assured the crowd he intended to play an active role in realizing these goals. However, he stopped short of saying he was planning a 2024 run. He’ll likely tease us about this for at least two more years. Whether or not he runs, he will be busy behind the scenes implementing his vision for the party’s future. And settling political scores.
To the Democrats, Trump may pose an even greater threat outside of the White House where he can’t be monitored so closely.
Elizabeth is the founder and editor of The American Crisis. She is also a contract writer at The Western Journal and a previous contributor to RedState, The Dan Bongino Show, and The Federalist. Her articles have appeared on HotAir, Instapundit, RealClearPolitics, MSN and other sites. Elizabeth is a wife, a mom to three grown children and several beloved golden retrievers, and a grandmother!