The American Conservative Union's CPAC conference went for a round two this year, setting up in Dallas, Texas, and bringing conservatives from across the country to explore the platform of conservatism and the future of the GOP.
After four years of President Donald Trump, the question has been posed as to whether the party will keep the course that Trump and his Make America Great Again movement has laid out, or if they will return to the staid old days of bow ties and dry conversations about tax cuts and privatization of infrastructure.
If this CPAC 2 is any indication of where the party is headed, it's going full steam ahead with America First. Donald Trump Jr. took the stage to wild applause from the Trump-supporting conservative base.
"What was Donald Trump right about?" Don Jr. asked the audience. "Everything!" The crowd cheered in response.
He listed off those things that his father was right about. The Wuhan lab-leak theory, he said, was clearly the most probable. He lambasted the IOC for allowing biological males to compete in women's sports, and Joe Biden for being a bit dotty.
The crowd laughed when Don Jr. recounted that Michael Avenatti is heading to prison. And when a woman yelled out, "We love you!" he replied, to cheers, "I love you too."
"We'll actually fight, we'll actually push back, and that's what Donald Trump did for the Republican Party," he said.
"It's our values versus their Marxist ideals," he told the adoring crowd, saying that this is why "we need all you guys involved, because they can't cancel all of us."
"We all know that the difference between conspiracy theory and the truth is about six months. Fact check: True," he said. "The narrative, the manipulation, what else will Donald Trump have been right about? I have a feeling: everything. Because there is a steady stream of nonsense."
In support of his claim, he brought up the recent, bizarre allegation by Democrats that the GOP are in favor of defunding police, and the meeting between Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"It's the Republicans who want to defund the police, right?" he told the crowd. "Jen Psaki told me to so it must be true. Is it true? Or did you see it on CNN? So you all know what's going on. Bombings starts in the Middle East again, we're giving Russia a pipeline, we can't have them ourselves, our energy prices go through the roof."
He brought up concerns over Biden's mental state, noting that "the media came out and they were saying that the proof that Joe Biden hasn't lost it, the proof that he isn't riddled with dementia, is that Putin said that he was very sharp."
This would have been a different media reaction, Don Jr. said, if it was his father about whom Putin had said this. "You ever think that maybe Vlad is thrilled to negotiate against a dolt?" he asked.
When a woman screamed out "Trump won!" the room erupted in standing ovation and applause. Don Jr. gave the room a minute, and the crowd erupted into a chant of "Trump, Trump, Trump."
"Ma'am, unfortunately, no, there's a lot of enthusiasm for Joe Biden," Don Jr. joked, saying that Biden has "a track record of not being racist."
He slammed Hunter Biden for using racial slurs, and for his bizarre art scheme, saying that it was likely an influence peddling plan. He took aim at Hunter as one presidential son to another.
"They're lying to you," he said of the Democrats, about gun rights, noting that David Chipman, Biden's pick for the head of the ATF, is opposed to the second amendment. "The humanitarian crisis at the border is a disgrace," he said, slamming Kamala Harris for not visiting the border on her border visit trip.
"Stay in the fight, stay in the game, make sure you're involved, have those conversations with your friends, don't let this slide," Don Jr. cautioned.
"Our country is worth fighting for, our children are worth fighting for, our freedoms are worth fighting for, so get out there and fight for it!" Don Jr. said, as the crowd brought big applause and cheers.
This is the message the Republican Party is trying to convey. One in which each individual conservative must stand up, speak out, and take control of the Democratic narrative before it destroys the country as we know it.
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