Traditionally, former presidents gracefully recede from the limelight of the presidency for at least several months as a new chief executive settles into the position. It’s period during which both the president and the people become accustomed to the change and set a course for the future.
But never let it be said that Donald Trump ever did anything traditional, graceful, or in the best interests of the people. His ego is far to bloated for that. So after taking the stage at the Conservative Political Action Cult (CPAC) on Sunday afternoon – more than an hour late – Trump proceeded to exalt himself in the familiar torrent of lies and whining that are typical of his public tirades. And true to form, this speech was a rambling outpouring of grievances and vainglorious victimhood.
Trump babbled incoherently for 90 minutes, whining about how he supposedly won the 2020 election. He was recklessly regurgitating the lies that resulted in the deadly Trump Insurrection on Capitol Hill, lies that were repeatedly debunked long ago. He ranted about immigration, his favorite vehicle of bigotry that so titillates his hateful followers. And he made the bizarre claim that no one ever said “I love you,” to any previous American president. President Obama has a ready response to that…
Trump’s CPAC sermon had one particularly conspicuous thread running through it. His obsession with President Joe Biden was evident throughout. He name-checked Biden forty-eight (48!) times. And each mention was another opportunity to lash out with wholly unsupported invectives and flagrant falsehoods. He led off with this ludicrous assessment of Biden’s term in office that has elapsed for all of one month:
“We all knew that the Biden administration was going to be bad, but none of us even imagined just how bad they would be. […] Joe Biden has had the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history.”
And Trump’s disparaging discourse was all downhill from there. Interestingly, he didn’t reserve his hostility for Biden and the Democrats. While castigating “the fake news media and their toxic cancel culture,” Trump embarked on a cavalcade of the coarsest political and cultural cancelation:
“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. Instead of attacking me and more importantly, the voters of our movement, top establishment Republicans in Washington should be spending your energy and opposing Biden, Pelosi, Schumer, and the Democrats.” […]
“The Democrats don’t have grand-standers 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, Jamie Herrera Butler, Peter Meyer, John Katko, David Valadeo. And of course the warmonger, a person that loves seeing our troops fighting, Liz Cheney.”
Did he leave anyone out? Oh yeah. There were “The RINOs that we’re surrounded with [who] will destroy the Republican Party and the American worker and will destroy our country itself.” This isn’t the first time that Trump has gone after these GOP traitors.
Fox News hasn’t been spared the whip either. Even though Fox News was the only major news network that offered a live airing of Trump’s CPAC-of-lies.
For the record, despite Fox’s obedient carriage of everything Trump does and says, to date Fox News has not aired a single White House press briefing, which the Biden team has returned to doing daily. Nor have they aired a single press conference by the White House COVID-19 Response Team.
The most startling thing about this stump screech is that anyone could listen to it again. After all, it is nearly identical to every blather-fest that Trump has presided over for the past four years. It’s only been updated to include the Big Lie about the “stolen” election. But his cult disciples seem totally unaware that they are being subjected to a robo-speech on an endless loop. Which is the best evidence that they have indeed been indoctrinated into a glassy-eyed cult of Trump worshipers. Where they go one, they go all.
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