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President Trump pulled no punches. He is not supporting creation of a new party, insisting that the Republican Party must be the party of the U.S. Constitution and the American people, against the socialist, globalist Democrats, media, tech giants, and the RINOs. He pointed to all the promises he kept, despite Congress. He named names and promised to work for a Republican Party grounded in “Trumpism,” which he defined in a series of statements that sound like what the GOP has been paying lip service to for decades.
What follows is a lightly cleaned up (proper capitalization instead of ALL CAPS, plus obvious Close Captioning errors corrected) version of the C-SPAN transcription of President Trump’s 2021 CPAC address. Follow that link for the superior C-SPAN video (no annoying graphics and commentary). I italicized what seem to be his off-script riffs. I added logical paragraph returns and some section headers to help you read through this lengthy address. I bolded a few points. Finally, I added a few links.
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Thank you very much and hello, CPAC. Do you miss me yet? Do you miss me? A lot of things going on. So many wonderful friends, conservatives, and fellow citizens in this room.
I stand before you today to declare the incredible journey we have begun together, we went through a journey like nobody else. There has never been a journey so successful. We began it together four years ago, and it is far from being over. [applause] You know what this is? Hardest working people. Hard-working American patriots. It is just getting started. In the end, we will win. We have been doing a lot of winning.
As we gather this week, we are in the middle of the historic struggle for America’s future, America’s culture and institutions. Our security, our prosperity, and our very identity as Americans is at stake like perhaps at no other time. No matter how much the Washington establishment and the powerful special interests may want to silence us, let there be no doubt. We will be victorious and America will be stronger and greater than ever before. [applause]
I want to thank my great friends Matt and Mercedes. Thank you very much. And the American Conservative Union for hosting this extraordinary event. They are talking about it all over the world. All over the world. I also want to pay my love and respect to the great Rush Limbaugh, [applause] who is watching closely and smiling down on us. He is watching and he is loving it and he loves Catherine. Thank you for being here. He loved you, Catherine. I will tell you that. Thank you, Catherine very much. To each and everyone of you at CPAC, I am more grateful to all of you than you will ever know.
We are gathered this afternoon to talk about the future of our movement, the future of our party and the future of our beloved country for the next four years. The brave Republicans in this room will be at the heart of the effort to oppose the radical Democrats, the fake news media and their toxic cancel culture. Something new to our ears. I want you to know I am going to continue to fight right by your side. We will do what we have done right from the beginning, which is to win.
We are not starting a new party. They kept saying, he is going to start a brand-new party. We have the Republican Party. It is going to unite and be stronger than ever before. I am not starting a new party. That was fake news. Wouldn’t that be brilliant? Let’s start a new party and divide our vote so you can never win. We are not interested in that.
[Pollster] Mr. [John] McLaughlin just gave me numbers nobody has ever heard of before. That is all of us. Those are great numbers and I want to thank you very much. I came here and he was giving me 95%, 97%, 92%. I said, they are great. I want to thank everybody in this room and throughout the world if you want to really know the truth. Thank you.
We will be united and strong like never before. We will save and strengthen America and we will fight the onslaught of radicalism, socialism and it all leads to communism. That is what it leads to. We’ll be hearing more and more about that as we go along.
1. Biden Administration Disaster
We all knew that the Biden administration was going to be bad, but none of us even imagined just how bad they would be and how far left they would go. He never talked about this. We would have those wonderful debates. We did not know what the hell he was talking about. He talked about energy. I said, this guy is OK with energy. He was not OK with energy. He wants to put you all out of business. He wants windmills. The windmills that do not work when you need them. Joe Biden has had the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history. That is true.
Already, the Biden administration has proven that they are anti-jobs, anti-family, anti-borders, anti-energy, anti-women and anti-science. [applause] In just one short month, we have gone from America first to America last. There is no better example than the new and horrible crisis on our southern border. We did such a good job. Nobody has ever seen like what we did. Now he wants it all to go to hell.
1.a. Border Security is National Security and Economic Security
When I left office six weeks ago, we had created the most secure border in U.S. history. We had built almost 500 miles of great border wall that helped us with these numbers because once it is up — they used to say a wall does not work. You know what I have always said. Walls and wheels. Those are two things that will never change. The wall has been amazing. They don’t want to complete it. They don’t want to complete little sections in certain little areas. It has had an impact nobody would have even believed. It is amazing considering the Democrats’ number one priority was to ensure the wall would never get built.
We ended catch and release. Ended asylum, fraud and brought illegal crossings to historic lows. When illegal aliens trespassed across our borders, they were promptly caught, detained and sent back home. These were some rough customers entering our country.
It took the new administration only a few weeks to turn this unprecedented accomplishment into a self-inflicted humanitarian and national security disaster, eliminating our border security by recklessly limiting our border security measures, controls. Joe Biden has triggered a massive flood of illegal immigration into our country, the likes of which we have never seen before. They were coming up by the tens of thousands. They are coming to take advantage of the things he said that we are one country, we cannot afford the problems of the world. They are all coming because of promises and foolish words.
Perhaps worst of all, Joe Biden’s decision to cancel border security has single-handedly launched a youth migrants crisis that is enriching child smugglers, vicious criminal cartels, and some of the most evil people on the planet. You see it every day. Just turn on the news. Under my administration we stopped the child smugglers, we dismantled the criminal cartels, we greatly limited drugs and human trafficking to a level nobody thought was possible, and the wall helped us a lot. [applause]
We protected vulnerable people from the ravages of dangerous predators. That is what they are, dangerous, dangerous predators. But the Biden administration has put the coyotes back in business, and has done so in a very big way.
Under the new administration, catch and release has been restored. Can you imagine? We work so hard. You catch them, you take their name, they may be killers, they may be rapists, they may be drug smugglers, you take their name and you release them into our country. We did the opposite. We not only did not release them, we had them brought back to their country. [applause] Illegal immigrants are now being apprehended and released along the entire southern border, just the opposite of what it was two months ago. They were not coming because they could not get in. Once they think they can get in they are coming and they are coming at levels you have not seen yet. By the hundreds of thousands, by the millions they will be coming.
The Biden administration is now actively expediting the admission of illegal migrants, enabling them to launch frivolous asylum claims and admitting them by the thousands and thousands and thousands a day, crammed together in unsanitary conditions, despite the ongoing crisis, COVID-19, or as I call it, the China virus. [laughter] [applause] There is no masks. No double masks. That was a new one that came out two weeks ago. First Fauci said it you do not need masks. Now he needs double masks. No social distancing, no nothing. They are together, and it is sad actually. It is sad for them and it is sad for our country.
What the Biden administration is doing to push young migrants into the hands of human traffickers and coyotes is dangerous, immoral, and indefensible. Biden failed at his number one duty, enforcing America’s laws. This alone should be reason enough for Democrats to suffer withering losses in the midterms, and to lose the White House decisively four years from now. [applause] [USA chant]
Actually, as you know, they just lost the White House. It’s one of those things. But who knows? I may even decide to beat them for a third time. [applause]
Joe Biden defunded the border wall and stopped all future construction, even on small open sections that just needed to be finished up, routine work, it has already been bought. Wait until the contractors get billed and say it cost us much more money not to finish. Wait until you see those bills start pouring in. He revoked the executive order cracking down on deadly sanctuary cities. He has effectively ordered a shutdown of ICE, halting deportations. Let’s not deport people. Restricting our law enforcement professionals, and they are great officials. You have many represented here today. From conducting almost any immigration of any kind.
The Biden policy of releasing criminals into the U.S. is making America into a sanctuary nation, where criminals, illegal immigrants including gang members and sex offenders are set free into American communities. They have no idea who is coming up. Remember with the caravans. These countries, not only the three of them but many countries all over the world, they are not giving us their best and their finest. Because they are intelligent. They are not giving us their best and their finest. Remember I said that. A long time ago when I made the first remarks, when I came down the escalator with our great future First Lady, [applause] who says hello. She loves you as much as I love you. I said that a long time ago and we turned out to be 100% correct.
Biden’s radical immigration policies are not just illegal, they are immoral, heartless, and a betrayal of our nation’s core values. A terrible thing that is happening. The Republican Party must hold Joe Biden and the Democrats accountable. They ripped up the diplomatic agreements we negotiated with Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.
They got a fortune. They got paid $500 million a year. When I came into office, those countries were refusing to take back illegal alien gang members including MS-13, the most vicious probably of them all. No matter where you go in the world, MS-13 do things that even the worst don’t think about. So I asked, how much do we pay these countries? How much do we pay them? Sir. We pay them approximately $500 million a year. It is a lot of money. It is peanuts compared to the way other countries rip us off, but it is a lot of money. I said, OK, we are not going to pay them anymore, because they would not take back the criminals.
This was true with the Obama administration, it was true for many, many years. We catch a murderer, we want to Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador. They would not take them back. We do not want them. We would fly them and they would not let the plane land, would not let the buses in.
I said we are not going to pay them anymore. So after I said that, I stopped payment. A term that we use in the world of business, let’s stop payment. So, we stopped payment. They were delinquent.
They very quickly came to the table and we made a deal, a very quick deal. We still kept the money, we still did not pay them, [laughter] but we made a deal. [applause] When illegal aliens came across our border, they were rapidly deported and lovingly accepted by those countries, from where they came. It worked out great. Now they accept the people. We got along very well with those three countries, and many countries throughout the world because they respected us again. They did not respect us. They could not believe what they were getting away with. [applause]
Now, Joe Biden has wrecked this great deal. Wrecked it. And they are already doing what they were doing before, they are taking the money. That is just a small portion of what is going on. To top it all off, the Biden people are pushing a bill that would grant mass amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, while massively expanding chain migration. That is where you come in and everybody comes in, your grandmother, your father, your mother, your brother, your cousins, to come in so easily. So crazy. It even requires that the U.S. Government provide illegal border crossings with taxpayer funded lawyers. Anybody need a good lawyer? You can’t have one. They get to the lawyers. They are probably very good, too. That Democrat immigration bill is globalist. The big tech attack on hard-working citizens of every race, religion color and creed.
Republicans must ensure that it never is allowed to become federal law, which is what they want to do. [applause] we must stand tall in the party. We have to do this, we have to stand tall as the party for law-abiding Americans, and others when they are in our country. Border security is just one of the many issues in which the new administration has already betrayed the American people. He did not talk about this stuff, I debated him. He was not talking about this. What he signed for those executive orders, they were not things that were discussed. We did not know all about him and the press, because they are fake news, the biggest fake news there are, [applause] the press refused to ask the questions. When I asked the questions on television, on the debate, Chris Wallace in this case and others refused to let him answer. They refused to let him answer the questions. Maybe we could have found something, or if the media did its job, which they don’t.
1.b. Biden Destroying Our Childrens’ Future and Causing Youth Suicide
Their callous indifference to working families was equally clear when it comes to the critical matter of getting Americans’ children back to school. [applause] They must get back and get back right now. Right now. [applause] Crazy. Terrible. The Biden administration is actually bragging about the classroom 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 antiscience school closures. We are educating students on the border, but our own people, the children of our citizens, citizens themselves, are not getting the education that they deserve.
There is no reason whatsoever why the vast majority of young Americans should not be back in school, immediately. [applause] the only reason that most parents do not have that choice is because Joe Biden sold out America’s children to the teachers unions. [applause] His position is morally inexcusable, you know that. Joe Biden has shamefully betrayed America’s youth and is truly keeping our children locked in their homes, no excuse whatsoever. They want to get out. They are cheating the next generations of Americans out of the future they deserve, and they do deserve this future. They are going to grow up and they are going to have a scar. It is a scandal of the highest order and one of the most craven acts by any president in our lifetimes. It is the teachers union. The votes. It should not happen.
Nobody has more respect for teachers than I do, and I will bet you a lot of people in that union agree with everything I am saying, even the New York Times is calling out the Democrats. The mental and physical health of these young people is reaching a breaking point, tragically, suicide attempts have skyrocketed and student depression is now commonplace and at levels we have never seen before. The Democrats now say we have to pass their $1.9 trillion boondoggle to open schools, but a very small part of it has to do with that. You know where it is going. It is going to bailout badly run Democrat cities, so much of it. Billions of dollars for schools remains unspent from the COVID relief bill that was passed last year. So on behalf of the moms, dads and children of America, I call on Joe Biden to get the schools open and get them open now. A great thing to do. [applause]
2. President Trump’s COVID Vaccine Miracle
When I left office, and we are very proud of this, because this was something they said could not be done. The FDA said it, everyone said it. Any article you read said it, it cannot be done, it would be years and years. I handed the new administration what everyone is now calling a modern-day medical miracle, some say it is the greatest thing to happen in hundreds of years. Hundreds of years. Two vaccines produced in record time with numerous others on the way, including the Johnson & Johnson vaccine that was approved just yesterday, [applause] and therapeutic relief, also if you are sick, if you are sick we have things now that are incredible. But it has taken place over the last year under our administration.
It would have taken any other president at least five years, and we got it done in nine months. Everyone says five years. [applause] five years. Can you imagine if you had to go through what all of the countries of the world who are now getting the vaccine or soon will be getting it? From various companies. But can you imagine if all of those countries had to go through what they have been going through over the last year? You lose hundreds of millions of people.
I pushed the FDA like they have never been pushed before. They told me that loud and clear. They have never been pushed like I pushed them. I did not like them at all. But once we got it done, I said, I now love you very much. [laughter] [applause]
What the Trump administration has done with vaccines has in many respects perhaps saved large portions of the world, not only our country, but large portions of the world. [applause] Not only did we push the FDA far beyond what the bureaucrats wanted to do, we also put up billions of dollars to produce vaccines before they knew they were going to work. It was called a calculated bet, or a calculated risk. We took a risk because if we did not do that, you still would not have the vaccines.
Think of that. We made a bet, because we thought we are on a certain track. But you’d be starting to make them right now, it would be a long time before you ever saw them. It takes 60 to 100 days to manufacture new doses, and that means 100% of the increase availability that we have now was initiated by our administration. 100%. [applause] In fact, the director of National Institutes of Health, Francis Collins, he is Fauci’s boss. I think is he a Democrat by the way. He said Operation Warp Speed was breathtaking and that the Trump administration deserves full credit. Which we do. [applause] As conservatives and Republicans never forget that we did it. Never let them take the credit because they do not deserve the credit. They just followed our plan. This has been something that they really called an absolute miracle. Joe Biden is only implementing the plan that we put in place, and if we had an honest media, which we don’t, they would say it loud and clear.
By the time I left that magnificent house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, almost 20 million Americans had already been vaccinated. One point 5 million doses were administered on my final day alone. 1.5 million in a day. If Biden said just a few days ago, that when he got here, meaning the White House, there was no vaccine. He said there’s no vaccine. Oh, good. . Say it again, Joe. I don’t think he said that, frankly in a malicious way. I absolutely think he said that because he did not really know what the hell was happening. [laughter] [applause] Never let them forget it was us. We did this. The distribution is moving along according to our plan, and is moving along really well. We had the military — what they have done, our generals, all of our people is incredible. We took care of a lot of people, including I guess on December 31, took care of Joe Biden. He got his shot. It shows you how painful that vaccine shot is. He forgot. It was not very traumatic, obviously. It is good that he got his shot.
3. Unprecedented Extremism
Last year I predicted to you that the extremists, corruption and incompetence of the Biden administration would be literally unprecedented in American history. Unfortunately, he has proven me 100% right. Already, as president, Biden has urged Congress to pass legislation shredding your Second Amendment. Your Second Amendment is in far bigger trouble than you know, and for four years I fought like hell to save your Second Amendment, and we saved it 100%. He signed an order to conduct politically correct far-left indoctrination trainings in every department of the federal government, including, the U.S. military after I had terminated these horrible things that were being preached to our military. He wanted to go forward. It’s insane. Within his first few hours, and eliminated our national security travel bans on nations plagued by terrorism.
3.a. Open Borders
His first priority was to open our borders to many countries where strict vetting cannot occur, countries that have tremendous problems, countries with tremendous terrorism problems. We did a travel ban. It was a real achievement. We told those countries, sorry, straighten out your act. We do not want people coming in where they had an ideology or a problem. We just could not have it. It was incredible how it worked. He terminated it. We had to get it approved, about all the way up to the Supreme Court of the united states, we got it approved that he terminates it.
In addition, he has already increased refugee admissions by nearly 10 times, in effect it will be hundreds of times as millions of people flow up through our soon to be open borders. By the way, the Border Patrol are some of the great heroes of our country. These are incredible people. [applause] I got to know them very well. Your families still cannot go out to eat at local restaurants, but Joe Biden is bringing in thousands upon thousands of refugees from all over the world. People that nobody knows anything about. We don’t have crime records, we don’t have health records. What are they bringing in with them?
3.b. Endless Wars
When I left office, we had virtually ended the endless wars. These endless wars, they go on forever. [applause] I would go to Dover and I would see caskets, coffins coming in. I would see the parents and wives, husbands, I would see the kids. Endless wars, 19 years in Afghanistan. We have it down to almost nothing left, and I hear they might want to go back into Iraq. Forever I used to say, don’t go in, but if you are going to go in, keep the oil. We went in and we did not keep the oil.
We made historic peace deals in the Middle East like nobody thought was even possible. [applause] with not a drop of bloodshed. [applause] By the way, not one American soldier has been killed in Afghanistan in over a year. Think of that. Not one. Those troops have largely come home.
At the same time, the new administration unilaterally withdrew crippling sanctions on Iran. Foolishly giving away all of America’s leverage before negotiations even begun. Leave the sanctions, negotiate. Does anyone understand what I am saying here? They took off the sanctions. They took off the sanctions and said, we are going to not have any sanctions. I don’t know that, — Matt, do you think you would have done that? Mercedes would not have.
Had you had a fair election, the results would have been much different. We would have had a deal. [applause] We would have that a deal with Iran within the first week. Now you watch how tough they negotiate. He agreed to get back into the World Health Organization [jeering] for approximately $509 a year which is what we were paying — $500 million a year. When I withdrew, they are puppets for China. They called and they wanted us to stay in. I said how much are we paying? Approximately $500 million. How much is China paying? Sir, they are paying $39 million. Why are we paying $500 million and they are paying $39 million? I can tell you why. The people who made the deal are stupid, that’s why. [applause]
I had no idea how popular it would be. People were so happy when I got out. I said we can get it for $39 million, and they said we can make a deal. I decided not to do it. We could have had it for $39 million, we could have had it the same as China. They decide to go back into the World Health Organization and pay $509. — $500 million. What is wrong with them? It’s a tremendous amount of money. Why would China pay $39 million and we are almost paying $500 million. We could have made the same deal and said we are going to get back in.
3.e. Paris Climate Accord Scam Destroys America
Just like Iran, Joe Biden put the United States back into the unfair Paris Climate Accord. They wanted us so badly back in. I will tell you. I was getting calls from all over the world, you must come back into the Paris accord. China does not kick in for 10 years. Russia goes by an old standard. We get hit right from the beginning. It would have cost us hundreds of thousands and millions of jobs. It was a disaster. I could have made an unbelievable deal but I do not want to do that, surrendering millions of jobs and trillions of dollars to all of these other countries, almost all of them that were in the deal. They have favorable treatment, we don’t have favorable treatment, and we said we are not going back in. They wanted us so badly. If you could go back in, frankly we have the cleanest air, cleanest water, I don’t know what we have to. What good does it do when we are clean but China is not and India is not? They are pouring fumes and we are trying to protect everything, in building products for three times more that is necessary.
3.f. Energy Dominant to Energy Dependent Disaster
They could have made a great deal instead of saying we are back in. One of his first official acts, which was incredible because he talked about energy. He never said he was going to do this. He canceled the Keystone XL pipeline. Destroying not the 8000 or 9000 or the 11,000 jobs, but 42,000 great paying jobs on just about day one. He never talked about that during a debate, because he would have not gotten away with it. Well they would have, because they cheated so much. That was not a topic of conversation. Fracking. Wait until you see what happens with your gasoline. We cannot let this stuff continue to go on. One of my proudest accomplishments as president was to make America energy independent. The United States became the number one energy superpower. [applause] number one. Became number one. Bigger than Saudi Arabia, bigger than Russia by a lot. We left them all in the dust.
If the Democrats have their way, we are heading from energy dominant, to energy disaster. That is what is happening. You have to see what is going on. Everything is being closed up, it is a disaster. The blackouts in California last summer and all the time, the windmill calamity we are witnessing in Texas. The great state of Texas. We love Texas. But it is so sad. How bad is wind power? I talk about it all the time. I said we are going to watch the president, the wind is not blowing. I do not believe we will have any electricity. It is such an expensive form of energy, so bad for the environment, it kills the birds, it destroys the landscapes. Remember, these are structural columns with fans on them. They wear out, and when they wear out all over the country, nobody takes them down. They are rusting. How this is environmentally good for our country — it cost many more times than natural gas, which is clean, to fuel our great factories. I love solar but it does not have the capacity to do what we have to do to make America great again. Sorry. [applause]
Under the radical democrat policies, the price of gasoline has already surged 30% since the election. It will go to five dollars, six dollars, seven dollars and even higher. Enjoy that when you go to the pump. It will be about $200 to fill up your van. They went to the small ones. Probably a good investment as long as these guys have their say. It is a shame what is happening. Energy prices are going to go through the roof. That includes your electric bills.
We will now be relying on Russia and the Middle East for oil. They talk about Russia, Russia, Russia. I had oil where they were actually paying you to take it. Remember? They were going to give you $37 a barrel but you had to take it away. Free oil almost. It worked out well. I dealt with Russia and Saudi Arabia, and they cut back on production, to be got it back up. But now it is coming the opposite. They are taking this incredible energy independence away from the people of our country and you are going to see costs grow like you have never seen them before.
It is a very sad and stupid thing that they are doing. The policies are a massive win for other oil-producing countries, and a massive loss for the United States and our great citizens.
3.g. Biden and Democrats Destroying Girls’ and Women’s Sports
Joe Biden and the Democrats are even pushing policies that were destroyed women’s sports. [jeering] A lot of new records are being broken in women’s sports. Hate to say that, ladies, but a lot of new records are being shattered. For years, the weightlifting. Every ounce is like a big deal. All of a sudden somebody comes along and beats it by 100 pounds. No. Young girls and women are incensed that they are now being forced to compete against those who are biological males. It is not good for women, not good for women’s sports who worked long and hard to get to where they are. The records that stood for years, even decades are now being smashed with these. If this does not change, women’s sports as we know it will die. It will end.
What coach wants to recruit a young woman to compete if her record is set somebody was born a man? Not too many coaches around. If they are around, they will not be around long. I think it is crazy, just crazy what is happening. We must protect the integrity of women’s sports. We have to. [applause] Is that controversial? Somebody said that is going to be very controversial. I said that is ok. You have not heard anything yet. [laughter] [applause]
4. Republicans Must Fight this Catastrophe
You can see the early weeks of the Biden administration is nothing less than a catastrophe. The task, our mission, for us, our movement like has never been seen. I think we can probably say it has never been seen anywhere in the world. Nobody has ever seen a movement like this. I see some of the became second in New Hampshire. We won the election twice. Think about it. The task for our movement and our party is to stand up to this destructive agenda with confidence and with resolve.
The future of the Republican party is as a party that defends the social, economic and social interests of values of working American families of every race, color and creed. That is why the party is growing so rapidly. It is becoming a different party, a party of love. You have to see outside. There is such love. The flags. [applause] Amazing. [USA chant] This party is incredible. There is more spirit now than there has ever been, including before the election. More spirit than we have ever seen because people are seeing how bad it can be.
I want to thank Rush and Catherine, because what he did to get the word out is incredible. Some people are irreplaceable as Sean Hannity would say. His spirit lives on. Republicans believe that the needs of every citizen must come first, in fact, America must come first. They don’t put it first.
4.a. Trump Showed Republicans can deliver results for all Americans
Over the past four years, my administration delivered for Americans of, like never before. We built the strongest economy in the history of the world, raised wages and achieved the lowest African-American, Hispanic American, Asian American employment rates ever recorded. It was so great for everybody, of all backgrounds, that even after the China virus, we are leading the world. Nobody is even close. We were seeing it in the economic comeback, has been incredible, that is because the foundation we built was so strong, unlike other countries, we did not break. We came roaring back and now our stock market and your 401(k)s are again at record levels, higher than ever before, actually. [applause]
4.b. Trumpism Defined
Many people have asked what is Trumpism? A new term being used more and more. I did not come up with it. What it means is great deals, great trade deals, great ones. Not deals that give away our jobs. The USMCA replacement of the horrible NAFTA. Probably the worst trade deal ever made. A lot of people forget we ended it. Now we have the USMCA, Mexico and Canada. Did you see grain prices and grain sales are at an all-time high? Weeks, all-time high? So many elements of farms and farmers. They love me. Remember, it is going to be very close in Iowa. It wasn’t close, we won in a landslide. Our farmers know, they put up with it, we did a lot of work with the tariffs. Now, the farmers are doing great. They are setting records. It means low taxes and eliminating job killing regulations, Trumpism. It means strong borders. People coming into our country based on a system of merit so they come in and can 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. [applause]
It means support for the forgotten men and women who were taken advantage of for so many years. They were doing great before that horrible thing from China came in, now they are starting to do really well again. We built the economy twice. Now it is higher in many ways, certainly in the stock market, higher in many ways than before. That is because of the foundation. No country comes even close to competing with our comeback.
It means a strong military. Taking care of our vets, but a strong military, which we have totally rebuilt. We have rebuilt it. Our military has never been stronger than it is today. It was tired, it was depleted, it was obsolete. Now we have the most new equipment, all produced right here in the USA. Isn’t that nice? [applause] we take care of our vets. We had a poll before leaving office, the vets had a 91% approval rating for the way we took care of them. The highest number in the history of the polls. On top of all that, we have even created the space force, the first new branch of the united states military in nearly 75 years.
4.c. The Socialist Threat and American Greatness
The mission of the Democratic Party is to promote socialism. They want to promote socialism, ultimately leading to communism. And that will happen. If you look at Venezuela, some of these countries. That is why some of our biggest supporters are from Latin America, because they have seen what goes on with all of this cancel culture. You can’t speak, let’s cut them off, but not give them words.
The mission of our movement and the Republican party must be to create a future of good jobs, strong families, safe communities, a vibrant culture and a great nation for all Americans. That is what we are creating. Their party is based upon unvarnished disdain for America, its past, and its people. You see that happening, the way they treat the legacy of our country, the culture of our country. Our party is based on love for America and the belief that this is an exceptional nation, blessed by God. [applause]
We take great pride in our country. We teach the truth about history. We celebrate our rich heritage and national traditions. We honor George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and all national heroes. And of course, we respect our great American flag. [applause] Thank you. Thank you very much.
[we love you chant] Thank you. Thank you very much. We started that hearing, getting the word out that during some of the rallies, especially some of the latter rallies where we set records. We started hearing we love you. I asked somebody, we really liked Ronald Reagan. He was a great president. But I said that anybody ever say that to Ronald Reagan? To the best of all of these political professionals knowledge, nobody has ever heard that chant before. It is an honor. [applause] a great honor. When you think about it, we love you. You are saying it — I hate to say it. Am I a politician? I hate to say it. We believe in the patriotic education and strongly oppose the radical indoctrination of America’s youth. We are committed to defending innocent lives, into upholding the judeo-christian values of our founders and our founding. [applause] We embrace free thought. We stand up to political actors, we reject left-wing lunacy, and in particular, we reject cancel culture. [applause]
We know that the rule of law is the ultimate safeguard, and reaffirm that the Constitution means exactly what it says, as written, as written. They want to change it. They want to get rid of it, frankly. We believe in law and order and believe the men and women of law enforcement are heroes who truly deserve our absolute support. We do not defund the police. [applause] We are not defunding the police.
We believe in standing up to China, shutting down outsourcing, bringing back our factories and supply chains, and ensuring that America, not China, dominates the future of the world. By the way, we took in hundreds of millions of dollars from China. They never gave us $.10, it was a one-way street. We took in hundreds of millions. We don’t want any more of these tariffs. We took in so much money. What happened is, they became competitive. People would not go to China, they built a lot of it back in our country. They would make it here instead. In addition to that, we were taking in billions and billions of dollars from China, but in all fairness to China, we made a trade deal with them, prior to COVID. Once COVID happen I no longer cared so much about the trade deal. That is one of the things, one of the reasons right now that our farmers are doing so good. I used to say, look, get a lot of wheat. All of the things we just talked about. You better go out and do it because this country has not been treated fairly by you for many years. Many, many years. We used to lose $504 billion with China. Not million, billion. We had deficits with China.
It is amazing you still have a country left. The people that did this to our country should be ashamed of themselves. Companies that leave America to make jobs in China and other countries that have ripped us off for years should not be rewarded, they should be tariffs, fined, and punished. They should not be rewarded. That is what the Biden administration is doing.
Of course, as you know they have a very close personal relationship with China, so I do not expect much to happen. It is a shame. It is a tremendous economic threat. Thank God we have rebuilt our military. But it is a tremendous economic threat. Never forget it.
These are the convictions that defined our movement today, and must define the Republican party in the years ahead. Very simple, it’s really quite simple.
4.d. Immediate Election Reform is Essential to Preserving our Constitutional Republic
Another one of the most urgent issues facing the Republican party is that of ensuring fair, honest, and secure elections. [applause] such a disgrace. Such a disgrace. Such a disgrace. We must pass comprehensive election reforms, and we must do it now. The Democrats used the China virus as an excuse to change all of the election rules, without the approval of their state legislatures, making it therefore, illegal. It had a massive impact on the election. Again, you have to go through the legislatures to get these approvals. This alone would have easily changed the outcome of the election at levels you would have not even believed, even with COVID, even with all of the things, the numbers are staggering. We can never let this or other abuses of the 2020 election be repeated, or happen again. Can never let that happen again. [applause]
4.d.1. Public Confidence Lost, Supreme Court Cowardice
You see what is going on. We have been set back so greatly. We need election integrity and election reform immediately. Republicans should be the party of honest elections that can give everyone confidence in the future of our country. Without honest elections, who has confidence? This issue is being studied and examined, but the reality is, you cannot have a situation where ballots are indiscriminately pouring in from all over the country. Tens of millions of ballots, where they coming from? They are coming from all over the place. Illegal aliens and that people are voting, and many other horrible things are happening that are to voluminous to even mention.
People know, it is being studied. The level of dishonesty is not to be believed. We have a very sick and corrupt electoral process that must be fixed immediately. This election was rigged, and the Supreme Court and other courts did not want to do anything about it. [applause] If you just think that one element, where they did not go through legislatures, it is illegal. It is in the Constitution. They did not have the courage to act, the Supreme Court, but instead used process and lack of standing. I was told the President of the United States has standing. It’s my election, it’s your election, we have no standing. We had almost 20 states go into the Supreme Court so that we did not have a standing problem. They rejected it. They should be ashamed of themselves. For what they have done to our country — they did not have the guts or the courage to make the right decision. They did not want to talk about it. [applause]
You have the case led by the great state of Texas. 18 states went into, you do not have standing. They did not have the guts. That is on top of all the other forms of cheating, but this is the most basic of all. They would have local courts and local politicians change the rules, in some cases a day or two before the election. This should never be allowed to happen to another presidential candidate or presidential race. Should never be allowed to happen. [applause]
4.d.2. What Must Be Done
Today I’m going to outline the steps that we must take to have an election system in this country that is honest, fair, and accurate. We need one election day, not 45, 30. [applause] One day. Like it’s been. If Republicans don’t get this and the other things I am going to say, then you should, like the Supreme Court, be ashamed of yourselves. One day. And the only people that should be allowed to vote by mail are people that can be proven to either be very sick, or out of the country, or military where they can’t do it. One day. They have millions of ballots sitting around all over the place for long periods of time. Gee, I wonder what happens with those ballots. It is common sense. It is a disgrace, and absolute disgrace. There should be a legitimate reason for someone to vote absentee. We should eliminate the insanity of mass and very corrupt mail-in voting. [applause] We must have voter ID. Voter ID. [applause] To get into the democrat national convention, when I had the convention, you needed an ID card. You could not get in unless you had an ID. You need voter ID, They know that.
This is a con job, they are conning everybody, they know that. They knew the wall would work because — they did not want to have it because we wanted it. I should have said, we will not have a wall. Then they would have said, we need a wall. [laughter] It took us a year and I have extra because of that mistake. We will not have a wall. We must have a wall immediately, says Chuck Schumer.
We need universal signature matching. They want to pass a bill where signatures don’t mean anything. They know, just like with the wall, just like voter ID. For voting, our most sacred institution, they don’t want to you let to have it. There should be able hundred percent requirement to verify the citizenship of every person who votes. There must be a chain of custody protection for every ballot, every ballot. You saw what happened in Detroit, and Philadelphia, and many other places. Swing states mostly. All over, swing states mostly. You saw what happened, you saw what was going on. When you have more votes then you have people, that is a problem right? We have a little problem adjusting in Detroit. We seem to have a lot more votes than people, and election changing number. We are talking about election changing numbers. In Pennsylvania, they had hundreds of thousands of more votes than they had people voting. What is that all about? What is that all about?
Cheating. I’d say so. In the history of our country, and it has taken place in years in Pennsylvania and Detroit and various other places. Never like this. They used COVID as a way of cheating, that is what happened, and everybody knows it. Hundreds of thousands and millions of ballots, they used it as a way of getting what they wanted for many years, and the Republicans have to do something about it. They better do something about it. Our election process is worse than a third world country.
It is undeniable that election rules were illegally changed at the last minute, and almost every swing state, the procedures were rewritten by local politicians, you are not allowed to do that, and local judges. They want more time, they want this, they want that, all done by local politicians or local judges as opposed to state legislatures as required by the Constitution of the United States.
These are numbers that are massive, these are not little numbers, a transformative number. It changes the outcome of the election. It is not close. Regardless of your political views this should concern your as a constitutional matter. The Supreme Court again did not have the guts or the courage to do anything about it, neither did other judges. [jeering] Democrats admitted in Time Magazine that they could not hold it in, they had to brag about it. You have to read this story. It is a story, it is a disaster. It is a disaster that we can allow something so corrupt to happen. Read that article. I really encourage you. You read that article.
4.e. Assault of Free Speech by Left-Wing Tyranny
All of the election integrity measures in the world will mean nothing if we don’t have free speech. And that is where we are at now. If Republicans can be censored for speaking the truth and calling out corruption, we will not have democracy and we will have only left-wing tyranny. And we can do this. We can do this. We are smarter than they are. We are tougher than they are. For some reason, we don’t get it done. We let them attack our businesses and we don’t attack their businesses. I believe your numbers are bigger than their numbers. But you are nicer than they are. You are not as vicious as they are.
In the past, we would debate. I would have it. You have seen me for many years, I debate, they debate, who knows who wins. They vote, they see what happens. But they would have an idea. They would disagree. The public would hear it. The debate and discourse would take place. Then somebody would make a decision. You would win, you would lose the public would make up its mind. But now there is no debate because it is used to allow our side to even speak or be heard. They don’t want debate. Because we have easy victories in a debate. Very easy victories. It is called common sense. It is called other things, but it is called common sense. [crowd cheering]
The time has come to break up monopolies and restore fair competition. [crowd cheering] Republicans, conservatives must open up our platforms and repeal Section 230 liability protection. [crowd cheering] and if the federal government refuses to act, then every state in the union, where we have the votes, which is a lot of them, big tech giants like Twitter, Google, and Facebook, should be punished with major sanctions whenever they silence conservative voices. [crowd cheering] and Governor Ron Desantis of Florida and in Texas, and in other states are doing this. [crowd cheering] If they do what they are doing, Florida and that legislation will pass. In Texas and others, they will have tremendous power to do what’s right and what’s fair.
4.f. Pelosi’s HR-1 Permanently Rigs Elections
We have no time to waste. Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in Congress are racing to pass a flagrantly unconstitutional attack on the First Amendment and the integrity of our elections known as HR-1. Do you know what HR-1 is? It is a disaster. Their bill would would empower the federal government to shut down dissent, and turn the Federal Election Commission into a partisan political weapon. In addition, it virtually eliminates voter ID requirements nationwide, effectively ends all registration deadlines, can you believe this? Requires states to give the ballots to felons, automatically registers every welfare recipient to vote, and puts unaccountable, unelected bureaucrats in charge of drawing congressional districts. That is going to be a lot of fun. This monster must be stopped. It cannot be allowed to pass. [applause]
4.g. Republican leaders must focus on stopping Socialists, not attacking fellow Americans
Now more than ever is the time for tough, strong, and energetic Republican leaders who have spines of steel. We need strong leadership. We cannot have leaders who show more passion for condemning their fellow Americans than they have ever shown for standing up to Democrats, the media, and the radicals who want to turn America into a socialist country. [crowd cheering] Instead of attacking me and more importantly, the voters of our movement, top establishment Republicans in Washington should be spending their energy in opposing Biden-Pelosi–Schumer and the Democrats. I’ve sent to some of them, I’ve said, you know, during the Obama years and now during Biden, if you spent the same energy on attacking them, you would actually be successful. As you do on attacking me, in many cases.
The Democrats don’t have grand standers like Mitt Romney, Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Pat Toomey. [crowd booing] and in the House, Tom Rice, South Carolina, Adam Kinzinger — [Crowd Booing] Dan Newhouse, Anthony Gonzalez, that is another beauty, Fred Upton, Jamie Herrera Butler, Peter Meyer, John Katko, David Valadao, and of course, the warmonger, a person that loves seeing our troops fighting, Liz Cheney. How about that? [crowd booing]
The good news is in her state, she has been censored and in her state, her poll numbers have dropped faster than any human being I’ve ever seen. [crowd cheering] So hopefully they will get rid of her with the next election. Get rid of them all.
Democrats are vicious. Remember this. It is true, Democrats are vicious. He said people, well, there is people there. They are vicious, they are smart. And they do one thing, got to hand it to them, they always stick together. You don’t have Mitt Romneys in the group. They always stick together.
Fortunately, for the Republican party, the Democrats have horrible policies like open border, sanctuary, defunding the police, and the ridiculous gray new deal. So, they stick together, they are smart, they are vicious, they’ve got everything going, but their policies are no good. So hence, we have, congratulations, the Republican party. [crowd cheering] After this, they may not stick with those policies. Now, their policies are horrible. Defund the police. How did that work out? But if Republicans do not stick together, the RINOS that we are surrounded with will destroy the Republican party and the American worker and will destroy our country itself. The RINOS. Republican in name only.
4.f. Republican Unity outside the Beltway and winning back Congress
But the Republican Party is united. The only division is between a handful of Washington, D.C. establishment political hacks. Everybody else over the country, and we have tremendous unity. When you look at the crowds outside that want your seats so badly, they will take your seat in two seconds. They want your seat. Congratulations. Congratulations on getting in, by the way. I’m very impressed. [crowd cheering] And that’s why I’m announcing that I will be actively working to elect strong, tough, and smart Republican leaders. [crowd cheering] [crowd chanting “USA!”]
Speaking of that, I heard Jim Jordan did a great job, right? [crowd cheering] I heard that from Mark Meadows. There he is. Look at that. Hi, Jim. I heard you were great. In fact, I hated to follow you. I want to follow other people. I could name them too. I like to follow other people. I heard you were great. Thank you, Jim, very much. Jim Jordan. Great, great athlete. People don’t know he was a great wrestler, tremendous numbers of victories. He was a champion. He was college champion for a long period of time. He is a winner, and a leader. He doesn’t play games. He likes to win. And we have a lot of people in our party that like to win, right? But I heard you were great. Thank you very much. [crowd cheering]
We want Republican leaders who are loyal, and will work proudly for the vision that I’ve laid out today. It’s so simple. Military, law and order, great trade deals, great education. So simple. Does anybody get it? Does anybody get it?
It has just been stated that President Trump’s endorsement is the most powerful asset in politics. Do you believe that? [crowd cheering] Who would have thought that is going to happen, Jim? [crowd cheering] And last year’s congressional primaries, 120 — listen to this, it’s crazy. 120 of 122 candidates endorsed won. 120. That is almost as good as Jim’s wrestling record. And the two that were lost were beaten by people claiming to be more Trump than their opponent. So I like those two people very much also. In the Senate, I was undefeated in endorsements with a record of 21-0.
My endorsement of Mitch McConnell, at his request — [crowd booing] it’s all right. It’s all right. He made a request he asked for my endorsement. Brought him from one point down to 20 points up and he won his race in the great state, and actually the great Commonwealth of Kentucky. And he won it very easily. And I said, I wonder if I’m doing the right thing here? But you know what? I did what I did. But he went from one point down, to 20 points up very quickly. Immediately, actually. And he won his race. If you compare that to his other elections, I’m sure you will see something interesting. But we’ve got a Republican elected.
And now we have to use Republicans to take care of the election frauds, and all of the other things that are happening that should not be allowed to happen in our country. It is very simple. Because of my efforts campaigning, we had huge gains in the House. And I helped keep many senators in their seats. And they will admit it, so that it is now 50-50, instead of Republicans being down anywhere from eight to 10 seats. And they will admit it. We would be down eight to 10 seats if I did not campaign. We held rallies for some of the senators that were down. Nobody talks about that. Nobody wants to talk about it. The press doesn’t want to talk about it. With me at the top of the ticket, not a single Republican member of Congress lost their race for the first time in decades. We won 26 of 26 tossup races. Tossup. [crowd cheering] Think of that. 26 of — and those are tossup’s. Those are races that could go any way. We were expected to lose 25 seats. And instead, we won 15 seats, and almost — why couldn’t we have done a couple of more? Almost cost crazy Nancy her job. We will do that the next time around.
I received almost — listen to this number, because the fake news does never — doesn’t ever talk about this, I heard this for the first time. I received almost 1.5 million more votes than all of the Republican house candidates combined. So how the hell is it possible that we lost? I got more votes. When I say I, I’m talking about we. We. We got more votes than any incumbent. Any incumbent president in the history of our country. Almost 75 million votes. [crowd cheering] and that doesn’t include the votes and ballots they threw out. Ok? If you include them, you will see numbers that are much different. We did even better in the second election then we did in the first. I won the first. We won the second. We did much better. Sort of strange, right? How do you do? We did much better the second time. You did, really? What a disgrace to our country. I got over 11 million, very close to 12 million more votes than we got in 2016. I was told by John Mclaughlin that — the great pollster — we had 63 in 2016. 63 million. Sir, if you get to 66 million, you have it made. We got to almost 75 million. What the hell happened? What happened?
What happened when they closed all of the counting booths? What happened at 3:00 in the morning? What happened at 3:02 in the morning? What happened? No president has ever lost an election after carrying Florida, Ohio, and Iowa. And I won them all and I won them by a lot. I won 94% of the primary vote, no incumbent president who received more than 75% of the primary vote has ever lost an election. I had a record number. And no president has ever, ever, and we are talking about a much lower number than we got, has ever lost an election.
Thanks to my coattails — thank you. We have to have a sense of humor. Thanks to my coattails, Democrats failed to flip a single state legislature. Think of it. Or a legislative chamber, because Republicans came out to vote for me. They say it differently. The press. The fake news spends it differently. They say despite how well they did, Trump didn’t win. That is such a line.
Many legislators told me, they are going to lose their race, it was not going to happen. And then what happened? One in particular told me from a great swing state, said I thought I was going to lose my position, lose my race. And I went out with my wife the night before the election and I saw all of these Trump signs and the American flags, and I said honey you know, I think we are going to win. He said, but you were far, far, far more popular than me. They do lots of polls. You are way ahead of me, sir. In the next day, I was right. He said, he won the election by a lot. And you lost the election. And sir, it is not possible that you lost. Because you got a lower number than I did, and you were so far ahead of me. You are the person that brought everybody out to vote. And I happen to agree with that 1000%.
Never forget that conversation. He couldn’t believe it. And I’ve heard it from more than one. [crowd cheering] and in November, 18 of 19 bellwether counties, you heard about the bellwether counties? 18 of 19 bellwether counties that have correctly predicted every presidential election for decades, many decades, voted for trump. Not for Biden. And it was a shocker to those people that go for the stats. It was a shocker. They voted for Trump. 18 of 19 voted for Trump. There has never been anything like that. And yet did Biden win? No.
If you want to help us take back the future of our country, go to donaldjtrump.com. I don’t do this, but it is time we have to put forces together, because these people with their big tech and fake news media — and when you talk about election, they turn off. When you talk about they probably have them going — when they talk about election, they turn off the cameras. You know why? It is a very sore subject. They don’t like that subject. There is only one way to contribute to our efforts to elect America first Republican conservatives and in turn to make America great again, and that is through Save America PAC and DonaldJTrump.com. We need your help to win. And to fight big tech and the radical left and the D.C. establishment. We need to save your Second Amendment which is under siege. We need to help protect funding for our military and great vets. And that is what we are doing.
CONCLUSION: We will win if we all fight and refuse to lose
As we discussed earlier, we are in a struggle for the survival of America. As we know it. This is a struggle. This is a terrible, terrible, painful struggle. The path ahead will not be easy but we will win. We are going to win. Ultimately, we always win. [crowd cheering] and when we do, history will show that this was the moment when we could have given up, when we could have despaired, but instead, we chose to keep on pushing forward.
The greater the challenge and tougher the task, the more determined we must be to pull through, to triumph. We have to have triumph. We have to have victory. With the talent and dedication of everyone here today, and you have tremendous, not only dedication but tremendous talent, I know many of you, that is exactly what we will do. We will go on to victory.
We will summon the spirit of generations of American patriots before us, like those heroes who crossed the Delaware, conquered the Rockies, stormed the beaches, won the battles and tamed the unknown frontiers, we will persist and we will prevail. We are tougher than they are. We are stronger than they are. Together in the coming years, we will carry forward the torch of American liberty. We will lead the conservative movement and Republican party back to a totally conclusive victory. And we have had tremendous victories. Don’t ever forget it. [crowd cheering]
With your help, we will take back the House. We will win the Senate. And then a Republican president will make a triumphant return to the White House. And I wonder who that will be. [crowd cheering] I wonder who that will be. Who, who, who will that be, I wonder? [crowd cheering] Standing before you today, I am supremely confident that for our movement, for our party, and for our country, our pride it — our brightest days are just ahead. And that together, we will make America prouder, freer, stronger, and greater then it ever has been before. Thank you, CPAC. God bless you. And God bless America. Thank you all. Thank you. [crowd cheering] (music)
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