To say there was ample anticipation for Trump’s CPAC speech would be an understatement. This weekend, Trump made his first appearance since leaving office on January 20th. He was the final speaker in this year’s CPAC, an event marked by leading conservatives who promoted the America First movement.
Many people wondered what Trump would be talking about. Some speculated he would announce a 2024 bid. Others thought he would even form a third party. Instead, Trump spent plenty of time blasting Democrats in Washington. He took special aim at Joe Biden who, after only one month in office, is already crashing and burning.
Trump slammed Biden’s leadership and disastrous decisions. Then, he turned his sights to another major problem in our country: turncoat Republicans. And as for Trump’s future in politics, he made it clear what he was about to do.
“I will be actively working to elect strong, tough, and smart Republican leaders,” Trump said…
“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…”
“The Democrats don’t have grandstanders like Mitt Romney, little Ben Sasse, Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Pat Toomey,” Trump said. “And in the house, Tom Rice, South Carolina, Adam Kinzinger, Dan Newhouse, Anthony Gonzalez, that’s another beauty, Fred Upton, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Peter Meijer, John Katko, David Valadao, and of course the warmonger, a person that loves seeing our troops fighting, Liz Cheney, how about that?” [Source: Daily Wire]
Trump made it clear he was setting his sights on 2022–the Midterm Elections. His goal is to get “strong” Republicans elected to office. He specifically wants to aid Republican who will spend their time opposing the left’s radical agenda, instead of attacking their “fellow Americans.”
He named the Republicans he will most likely work to get replaced. They are all Republicans currently facing heat from their home states for their support of the left’s second impeachment of Trump. And many of them openly criticized and condemned Trump over the January 6–riot.
Many have wondered how Republicans could openly attack their own president. Did they think this would win over the 75 million voters who backed him? The Republicans Trump named sided with the swamp, and he is focusing all this effort on getting better candidates put in their seats.
Trump called out those senators that voted to convict him–despite evidence or a reasonable argument by the left. They were willing to doom the former president over speech, a dangerous move that would jeopardize all speech. But Trump specially singled out Liz Cheney, calling her a “warmonger” that “loves” sending our troops to fight.
Cheney was one of the most outspoken Republicans to blame Trump for January 6–and voted to impeach him in the House. She sported the left’s bogus, uninvestigated, and rushed impeachment vote, instead of staying loyal to her own party. That sparked plenty of backlash from her home state–and perhaps a primary loss in 2022.
All of those Republicans named by Trump could face tough primaries soon. The rest will certainly face greater pressure from the party to support their goals, or face tough consequences.