Say what you will about Richard Nixon, he was a fighter and he had focus. He knew what it was to lose a battle and then regroup and go on to be successful in another one. The trust fund baby reality TV actor that spoke in Orlando today can’t make that claim. All he’s ever been good at is fluff and entertainment. He lacks the direction and drive that it takes to be a success at anything, let alone presidential politics. While Democrats have been saying that for years, Donald Trump himself proved that late this afternoon at CPAC.
Arriving at his venue 100 minutes after the appointed hour, he read his speech off the teleprompter for the first time, occasionally reacting to something and ad libbing, and the most charitable word to describe his performance thus far is “lackluster.” There was no new material. Like a washed up Catskills comic, he kept serving up the same old material, apparently hoping to recapture some lost magic from yesteryear.
The Republicans who were expecting a revitalized Trump to roar into command and outline the attack strategy that would mobilize them for the next four years and on to sweeping victory in 2024 were sorely disappointed. Many of them can be seen tripping over their shoelaces and dropping their water bottles, as they shuffle out of the Hyatt Regency, glassy eyed — or looking for the nearest pub.
"This election was rigged," Trump lies, prompting CPAC attendees to chant, 'you won! you won!"
Trump then attacks the Supreme Court for not overthrowing the election result for him
"The didn't have the guts or the courage to make the right decision," Trump says pic.twitter.com/HYo4IiaWFI
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 28, 2021
I watched just one very long Trump speech from beginning to end. After that nothing reported or excerpted on social media was something I hadn't already heard. He is undoubtedly the worst, most boring speaker, ever.
— Marjorie Daw (@MarjorieDaw) February 28, 2021
You can go over to Aaron Rupar’s thread and catch snippets, or wait for the entire thing to be replayed on Newsmax, etc., but you’re not going to hear one.new.thing. Nada. Zip. Rien de tout. Trump is all played out and it shows.
Fear they’ll take your religion, cancel you, bring communism.
— Sha Sha (@francescatututu) February 28, 2021
Trump could at least do us the courtesy of coming up with fresh, exciting lies. Instead, it's all re-runs.
It's one thing to be deceptive—but a reality star like Trump should know that being boring is when you start to lose even the diehard fans.
— NotATweeter16 (@NotATweeter16) February 28, 2021
Two takeaways that the right-wing world will be reverberating with for days and trying to figure out how to spin:
- Trump said he wasn’t starting a new party, “We have the Republican party.”
- He did not say he would run in 2024. The closest he got was “maybe we’ll beat them a third time.”
This is hardly the fire and brimstone, sermon from the mount that was expected. This was a dud.
Trump has no idea how to bounce back. His entire life experience has never taught him that. He knows how to drop one project in lieu of another, declare bankruptcy, stiff his creditors and screw his associates, but bouncing back and holding the line are things he never learned.
There is no joy in Trumpworld tonight, but there are a hell of a lot of emergency ad hoc focus meetings. Yeah, they got problems, right there in Repub City and that’s problems with a “p” and that rhymes with “T” and that stands for Trump. Problems, problems, problems……..