The Potomac Ballroom at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, Maryland was packed to capacity when President Donald Trump took the stage to speak at CPAC 2017.
To open, Trump thanked the people who elected him — and slammed the media and political pundits who doubted him. “They all underestimated the power of the people,” he proclaimed. “The people proved them totally wrong. Never underestimate the people.”
Trump further criticized the fake news media, calling them “very dishonest people.”
But Trump clarified that he’s not against all media. “I’m against the people that make up stories and make up sources,” he said. “A source says that Donald Trump is a horrible, horrible human being. Let him say it to my face!”
However, Trump hammered home that the mainstream media overall doesn’t have the people in mind. “It doesn’t represent the people, it never will represent the people, and we’ve gotta do something about it.”
Trump called his victory “a win for conservative values.” The movement that got him elected is completely unprecedented, he said, and now the movement must work to put America and American citizens first.
“We’re gonna start winning again,” he said to raucous applause.
Trump spoke at length about what he plans to accomplish as president. He vowed to “repeal and replace Obamacare” and secure the border and build a wall. Stopping the flow of illegal immigration will save the country millions in taxpayers dollars, he said, which can then be reinvested into struggling American cities and communities.
Trump also vowed to bolster the military while maintaining peace through strength. “Offensive, defensive, everything,” he said. “Bigger and better and stronger than ever before. Hopefully we’ll never have to use it, but no one will mess with us, folks.”
But he also pledged to “totally obliterate ISIS” and vowed to take action in a matter of days to secure America against would-be radical Islamist terrorists. “The security of our people is no. 1.”
“And by the way,” he added, “we will protect our Second Amendment.”
Concerning fiscal policy, Trump proclaimed that he will “put the regulation industry out of work” and enact tax reform that will “make our tax code much more simple and fair for everyone, including the people and the business.”
In closing, Trump vowed that “the GOP will be, from now on, also the party of the American worker.” And he hammered home the nationalist message that got him elected: “I’m not representing the globe. I’m representing your country.”
The CPAC crowd responded with loud “USA!” chants.
“As long as we have faith in each other and trust in God […] there is no goal too great,” Trump finished. “God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.”