A crowd of ardent supports gave President Donald Trump a standing ovation after his speech Friday morning at the Conservative Political Action Conference's annual convention. The cheers were louder for the gun rights, but Trump assured, "We're going to get them all".
"This would be a major deterrent, because these people are inherently cowards". This comes one week after the deadly school shooting in Florida where 17 people were savagely gunned down by a 19-year-old gunman. "A teacher would have shot the hell out of him before he ever knew what happened".
Trump also stirred up the crowd with a veiled reference to Sen.
"They'll take away your Second Amendment", Trump claimed of Democrats, "which we will never allow that".
"Clearly the interest is: What is Trump doing and what are their policies and what are they doing", said Saul Anuzis, a longtime CPAC gadfly and GOP operative from MI.
Trump bragged about the recent record stock market climb, boasted that he has fulfilled more campaign promises than any other President and encouraged Republicans to hit the polls for the midterm elections.
Trump said Democrats, who he called "crazed", are no longer interested in talking about the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals immigration program.
Trump additionally suggested his call for ending "gun-free zones" in schools may also extend soon to US military bases. The President has vowed to take action to prevent school shootings like the one in Florida last week, and he has expressed openness to at least one measure opposed by the National Rifle Association: raising the minimum age to purchase firearms like the AR-15. "Because I had five people outside say, 'Could you do The Snake?'". Echoing Pence's call that the administration's first year was the "most consequential" since at least President Ronald Reagan's, Phillips said, "That's a great point that I hope our base hears".
"It would be controversial so I won't use his name", Trump said.
Matt Schlapp is the chairman of the American Conservative Union (ACU), which organizes CPAC every year.
Trump attacked his vanquished 2016 rival Hillary Clinton, leading the crowd to begin a "lock her up" chant. "Your president and I need you to show up". "The United States of America doesn't stand with murderous dictatorships, we stand up to murderous dictatorships". "We don't want them in our schools", he said.
The room erupted as Trump wrapped his speech and walked off stage to The Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want", a signature song from his presidential campaign.
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