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Monday, October 24, 2016

When the lineup of speakers for CPAC 2013 was announced, perhaps the biggest surprise was a prime speaking slot for the reliably unhinged Donald Trump. After the birther conspiracy theorist’s odd, rambling, speech Friday, it’s a safe bet that he won’t be asked back any time soon.

After beginning by warning that “The Republican Party is in serious trouble,” Trump repeatedly trashed the GOP.

“As Republicans, if you think you’re going to change very substantially for the worse Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security in any substantial way and at the same time you think you’re going to win elections, it just really is not going to happen,” Trump lectured.

Trump also attacked Republicans’ work in the 2012 campaign at length. “When you spend $400 million and it’s a failure and you don’t have one victory, you know something is seriously, seriously wrong,” Trump said of Karl Rove’s American Crossroads. He went on to claim that “if Mitt Romney made one mistake, it’s that he didn’t talk enough about his success.”

Trump also discussed immigration reform, insisting that creating a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants is a “suicide mission.”

“Every one of those 11 million people will be voting Democratic. It’s just the way it works,” Trump said. When it comes to European immigrants, however, Trump could not have sung a more different tune. “Why aren’t we letting people in from Europe?” Trump asked, noting that he has friends who sent their sons to Harvard and Wharton School of Business, but then had to leave the country.

Predictably, most of Trump’s speech focused on his favorite subject: Donald Trump. At various points he boasted he single-handedly turned around the Doral resort in Miami, that his “friends” in OPEC — which includes Venezuela and Iran — have given him special insight into U.S. foreign policy, and that he filed a financial statement in 2012 showing that he’s made over $8 billion (a bold-faced lie).

In perhaps the oddest moment in the strange speech, Trump suggested that “the problem with the country” is that the Obama administration turned down his offer to build a $100 million ballroom at the White House.

Although Trump did receive a few bursts of laughter and applause, the “crowd” of conservative activists sat through long stretches of his address in uncomfortable silence:

Photo: New York magazine

Trump’s speech can be seen in its entirety below:


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  • Siegfried Heydrich

    Trump is the most brilliant deep cover Democratic provocateur I’ve ever seen, bar none. Seriously, Cicero was nothing compared to him. Cicero had to deal with skeptical and suspicious Nazis. Trump has gullible, credulous Republicans to lead about by the nose, but he also has to deal with Fox and the right wing microphone fellators.

    Keep up the good work, Donald!

  • Urbane_Gorilla

    A partially full room listens to this 2 bit shyster and multiple bankruptcy expert and the GOP wonders why they can’t get their message across to the average American? Next up, the pedophile, draft dodging, shit his pants, threaten the President, one-hit wonder, Ted Nugent! Unbelievable. What the heck happened to the party I voted for most of my life? These aren’t people, they’re lemmings with a death-wish and a cliff in front of them.

    • JDavidS

      Frankly, I thought you were being too kind to Nugent. You could have thrown in “gutless”, “self-aggrandizing”, “delusional” as well as “shit-for-brains” and “second rate musician”. But, I admire your restraint. Cheers!

  • I wonder what he was on when he delivered a speech that was, partly, correct! The main ruined a perfect record and, for that, he shall be known as a RINO. What is this world turning into? Next thing we know the Koch brothers will embrace Obamacare and talk about their investments in Libya, Sudan, Algeria, etc. We can always dream. 🙂

    • That’s his storehouse of child brides. Whenever he needs a new one that’s where he goes.

  • I am willing to bet Trump will always be invited unless and until he is found to be penniless. Then and only then will he be ignored. Republicans crave wealth and the “appearance” of wealth and worship at the altar of greed.

  • Why is it whenever a Republican (even one as off the wall as The Donald) gives a speech that tells Republicans why they are losing elections on a national level, the far right bloggers refer to him as a RINO? I guess you guys want to paint yourselves far enough into the corner that you eliminate 95% of the people who could potentially vote for you, all in the interest of “Party Purity”? Why don’t you all just come out and say you only want married, white, segregationalist, anti-imigrant, heterosexual, Southern, NRA Member, Pro-Death Penalty, Anti-Abortion, Fundamentalist Christian, over 40, tax-hating males making over $250K per year, who are opposed to all government programs, including education? Because that is the only element you have 100% appeal to. Most of the country agrees with you on one or two issues, but if they do not agree with you on everything, they are RINOs. And you wonder why you keep losing on the national scene. Good luck in the 2020 census in Arizona and Texas. You will be lucky to keep a couple of gerrymandered seats.

    • Margiemfn

      “Why don’t you just come out and say….” this whole statement was awesome 🙂

  • CPAinNewYork

    Trump is a joke and the Republican Party is an even bigger joke for having him as their spokesperson.

  • docb

    Mr. comb-over serial bankruptcy should be known as ‘Who’? In an empty room no less! Perfect ending for the scam artist and liar!

  • gloriay

    Bad timing for the circus. The children were all in school so the circus was not well attended. The circus clown Trump did not believe that even the children would choose school rather than the circus. Oh a few intelligence deprived adults were there to cheer on the clown. They would have been better served attending their remedial education classes.

  • JDavidS

    We don’t like what you have to say… You’re absolutely right Chump. No one likes to hear blatant bullshit… and if you talk for any more than 30 seconds, it all becomes bullshit. I think you have an affliction that makes being honest impossible for you.

  • That Romney did not talk enough of his success!!What success?by bankrupting and selling while people lost their jobs and homes?he wanted the car industry in his birthplace to be bankrupt for Christ’s sakes…& then stole President Obama’s car success!!!!but TRUMPED is a CLOWN..

    • stcroixcarp

      For all his financial success gained by stealing jobs from American workers, promoting slave labor in China and other foreign countries and destroying the fabric of communities, I’d say that Romney is a failure as a human being.

      • You got it! Romney, Bush and Cheney are running a race to see who can win the most useless human being on the planet award.

    • plc97477

      The whole of cpac are clowns.

  • Katela

    That’s Donald Chump to you buddy!

  • Sierra111

    These are the people who made the Republican Party lose the election! Are they too dumb to realize that?