The GOP has become a pyramid scheme of stupidity, and look who's at the very top. https://t.co/arZeeIIoVX
— Mig Greengard (@chessninja) March 2, 2019
After an excruciating week which even he could perceive was a laughable program of stepped-on rakes and exploding cigars, the Squatter-in-Chief needed some high-test ego-balm in the worst way. And ‘the worst way’ is exactly how he got it!
A wrap from CPAC: Trump cements his grip on the party even in the face of damning allegations across the river on Capitol Hill.
NeverTrumpers have flipped or been excommunicated.
Charlie Kirk, Candace Owens, O'Keefe, Diamond & Silk land speaking slots.
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) March 2, 2019
… On stage and in meeting rooms of a convention center at National Harbor, Maryland, attendees alike donned bright red “MAGA” hats as speakers praised the president lavishly as the savior of the nation.
“I see the greatest president in history,” Mike Lindell, an avid Trump supporter and the chief executive officer of My Pillow Inc., said as he addressed a Thursday session of the Conservative Political Action Conference. “Of course he is, he was chosen by God.”…
Trump arrived to a hero’s welcome on Saturday at CPAC, where eight years ago he was booed. His critics in the conservative movement have either become supporters or been largely excommunicated from the gathering.
“The men and women here today are on the front lines of protecting America’s interests, defends America’s value and reclaiming our nation’s priceless heritage,” Trump told the crowd, after predicting a bigger victory in 2020 than he achieved in 2016. “With your help, we are reversing decades of blunders and betrayals. These are serious betrayal to our nation.”
Chants of “Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump!” filled the arena as the president accused his predecessors of enriching foreign countries at America’s expense. Calls for “Four more years” rang out as Trump ran through many of his well-worn applause lines…
“Acquiescence to Trump is now the defining trait of the Republican Party more than two years into his presidency.” https://t.co/kVSaRtOhg2
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) March 2, 2019
… In interviews over the past week, Republicans on Capitol Hill offered an array of reasons for their unflinching loyalty to Trump as the 2020 campaign begins to take shape: a deep-seated fear of his pull with their supporters in primary races; fraying consensus about conservatism as nationalism takes hold of the party; and shared partisan disdain for Trump’s perceived enemies in the news media and the Democratic Party.
“We’re not going to turn on our own and make the Democrats happy,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), who is up for reelection in 2020. “We don’t see any benefit in fracturing, but we do see a lot to lose.”…
CPAC was always a place for agitprop and mean spirited garbage. I and my former colleagues at @mmfa have covered it for 15 years and it’s always been the shitpile of hate and racism and bigotry and grifting it is today. Quit pretending things just got bad cause Trump is icky. https://t.co/H1LUNM00P4
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) March 2, 2019
If you click on Daniel Dale’s tweet below, you can see all of his commentary on two hours of psychodrama and fear-massage. I hope the Star pays Dale well, because the poor man must be at real risk for PTSD by now.
This is 100% the weirdest Trump speech I've ever heard.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 2, 2019
White House pool:
“POTUS’s CPAC speech concluded at 2:18pm. He spoke for just over two hours.
Members of the audience left early. POTUS concluded his speech saying not one person had left early.”
— Robbie Gramer (@RobbieGramer) March 2, 2019
Cables not covering Trump speech to CPAC. Good for them
— Armando (@armandodkos) March 2, 2019
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 2, 2019
just bookmark this tweet for every time in the next five years you see someone all upset about conservatism not being taken seriously https://t.co/dJQ2UyBHQF
— kilgore trout (@KT_So_It_Goes) February 28, 2019
— Jackie Kucinich (@JFKucinich) March 1, 2019
Count on the NYTimes, though — when Trump announces everyone must now change their underwear every half hour, the Grey Lady will applaud his commitment to community hygiene and lingerie sales!
how to normalize a madman. this was the new york times take on trump's delusional, embarrassing, and terrifying speech (because he's an insane old man melting down with his hand on the nuclear football) pic.twitter.com/OTJtU2XAeE
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) March 3, 2019
You people wanna talk about America could become Venezuela; fine, let’s talk about Venezuela. pic.twitter.com/dublLAwlWd
— Jessica Shortall (@jessicashortall) March 3, 2019
4 U.S. Code § 8(b):
“The flag should never touch anything beneath it” pic.twitter.com/pwW9XrtY4C
— David Priess (@DavidPriess) March 3, 2019
CPAC’s over. pic.twitter.com/niWs9EZLAh
— Schooley (@Rschooley) March 3, 2019