CNN anchor Brianna Kielar on Monday laid waste to the speech given by the “Everlasting Gobstopper of lies” – former President Donald Trump – at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, this past Sunday.
In his address, Trump fired off a multitude of falsehoods, ranging from his BS claims about election fraud to misleading statements about how the GOP fared in the 2020 election. Trump also confessed to extorting American allies over foreign aid – for which he was impeached and acquitted in the then-Republican-dominated United States Senate.
‘Now on to CPAC, the conference that has morphed from colorful conservatism into candy for conspiracy theorists, headlined this weekend by the Everlasting Gobstopper of lies himself, former President Donald Trump.’
Footage then rolled of Trump stating that “it’s just getting started, and in the end, we will win. We will win. We’ve been doing a lot of winning,” referring to his toxic political movement of racists and religious authoritarians.
That is verifiably false. It is a straight-up lie and quite frankly it’s an insult to scorekeepers and shot clock operators everywhere. Republicans lost the presidential election, they lost control of the Senate, they still don’t control the House. Donald Trump lost the popular vote twice. The House impeached him twice, though he was acquitted both times in the Senate. Twitter and Facebook banned him after he incited the insurrection on January 6th. He and his allies lost and withdrew nearly 60 court cases challenging the election results. Many Republicans actively cover for at least two lawmakers in Congress who have sympathized or pushed QAnon conspiracy theories despite the futile protests of the head of the Republican National Committee.
Ronna McDaniel, the chair of the RNC, said on Sunday that “extremists pretending to be Republicans” are not welcome in the GOP.
Continuing on, Keilar pointed out how Trump’s rhetoric changed when things did not go his way.
“Back in the day when Donald Trump would talk about winning, he would always cite the Supreme Court, which includes three of his picks,” said Keilar.
On Sunday, Trump repeated his lie that “this election was rigged and the Supreme Court and other courts didn’t want to do anything about it. They didn’t have the courage, the Supreme Court, they didn’t have the courage to act, but instead used process and lack of standing they rejected it. They rejected it. They should be ashamed of themselves for what they’ve done to our country. They didn’t have the guts or the courage to make the right decision,” the ex-commander in chief complained, referring to his campaign’s attempts to overturn the election.
‘That certainly doesn’t play like someone who is worried about inciting another insurrection, maybe because he got away with it the first time and still has a political future ahead of him and big plans to settle some scores, which brings us to the part of Trump’s speech that sounded like a mob boss reading his enemies list.’
Trump groaned that “Democrats don’t have grandstanders like [Republican Senators] Mitt Romney [UT], ‘Little’ Ben Sasse [NE], Richard Burr [NC], Bill Cassidy [LA], Susan Collins [ME], Lisa Murkowski [AK], Pat Toomey [PA],” all of whom voted to convict him in his second impeachment trial for inciting an insurrection at the United States Capitol on January 6th.
Trump also took aim at the 10 GOP members of Congress who voted in favor of impeachment.
And in the House, [Republican Representatives] Tom Rice [SC], Adam Kinzinger [IL], Dan Newhouse [WA], Anthony Gonzalez [OH] that’s another beauty, Fred Upton [MI], Jaime Herrera Beutler [CA], Peter Meijer [MI], John Katko [NY], David Valadao [CA], and of course the warmonger, a person who loves seeing our troops fighting, Liz Cheney [WY], how bout it?’
The good news is, in her state, she’s been censured and in her state, her poll numbers have dropped faster than any other human being I’ve ever seen. So hopefully they’ll get rid of her with the next election. Get rid of ’em all,’
Keilar concluded her spectacular read of Trump by calling him a coward:
Not so breaking news: Florida man lets others fight his fight. That’s been Trump’s way from Vietnam to Capitol Hill. He knows what he’s doing when he singles out Republicans who put their country before him. He did it on January 6th. Trump told his followers where to go, lying to them that he would be there with them, and then he turned the opposite direction and returned to the quiet comfort of the White House to watch it all go down on TV. The only difference is this time, he’s returning to the comfort of Mar-a-Lago.
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