Dueling political conferences were featured over one weekend. One of these conferences was flush with cash from globalists hoping that Trump’s rival speech would be treated akin to George Washington’s Farewell Address. It was wishful thinking by Never-Trumpers, as instead Trump retook control of the GOP. Trump’s nearly 2-hour speech at CPAC, which for many years has been the largest annual grassroots conservative gathering, was astounding for his vigor and enthusiasm. He called for an end of the unsuccessful influence on the Republican Party by the Bush family, Karl Rove, and Paul Ryan, who drove the party into the ground until Trump rejuvenated it.
Trump boldly declared that “This is the final battle,” to the roaring crowd gathered for him in Maryland, just outside of D.C., even though that is not Republican territory. Trump then rattled off an array of hot-button issues that form the political agenda for ordinary Americans through the presidential election next year.
The contrast between Trump and the worn-out ideas of his media-pandering rivals could not be greater. The hedge fund bosses and phony free traders who assembled at a posh hotel in Palm Beach called The Breakers are not the crowd who will be picking the next president or electing candidates down-ballot, and it was a mistake for Trump’s rivals to see that as a path to the White House. Ironically, it was Trump who gave any prominence to the candidates who seek to replace him as the Republican nominee for president, and their lack of gratitude to him is reason enough to prefer Trump. Nikki Haley was appointed Ambassador to the United Nations by Trump, and she was heckled by conservatives at CPAC after turning against him.
Donald Trump is effective both as king and kingmaker because grassroots conservatives trust him to keep his promises. The future of the conservative movement is with those that embrace the principles that Trump stands for on national security, law and order, immigration, and the sanctity of life. Those that stand on the sidelines of the movement and heckle are ineffectual and weak. They won’t lead us to victory now or ever.