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potus-fist-pumpPresident Trump gave a memorable address on Sunday evening (2/28) to the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC). For such a boffo performance, the Emmy mistakenly awarded to New York Governor Andrew Pinocchio Cuomo should be retrieved and redirected to him.

In one mighty swinging oratorical stroke of 90 minutes, Trump asserted authority over his party, arraigned the new administration for the complete failure to accomplish anything useful in the first 40 of its vaunted 100 days, and then rolled through the Biden executive orders like a bulldozer.

[Note: please refer to the parts of POTUS at CPAC in italics regarding Lord Black’s specific references in the President’s speech.]

The fiasco at the border enjoyed a full exposure, as it is replete with hypocrisy about the infamous cages, effectively sidelining the Immigration and Customs Enforcement service without abolishing it, and turning the United States into what Trump called a “sanctuary country” for whoever in the world wants to come to it.

The Green Terror and the companion assault upon the American energy industry, the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline, the absurdity of wind energy—all were poured forth with great strength and fluency, extraordinarily good syntax, and to withering effect.

Trump set the record straight on vaccines and the pandemic. His forcefully advanced claim to have saved a huge number of lives by pressing so effectively for early vaccine development.

It was refreshing to hear the former president lay the unconscionably prolonged shutdown of most of America’s public and secondary schools directly at the door of the greedy and irresponsible teachers’ unions, who must accept the blame for the steady deterioration of education standards in U.S. state school systems for the past 30 years or more.


Refreshing Clarity—and Real Unity

The outright asininity of easing sanctions on Iran in advance of discussions over its nuclear military program was evident and irrefutable.

The dangers of the new administration’s apparent indifference to Chinese trade and currency manipulation skulduggery was well formulated and must have scored strongly with the huge number of his viewers preoccupied with job security.

The tactical calculation that he had put into his address became clearer as he went along. Trump directly addressed the suburban female vote which was a soft point in the last election by hammering the Xiden Administration’s green light for former male transsexuals to participate in female sports.

It is an insane state of affairs and Trump was  correct in forecasting the complete collapse of female sports as a serious field of activity if the Biden rule of unhandicapped admission of transgender female athletes is not revisited.

The president wisely ignored the widespread advice of his opponents within or near the Republican Party to avoid complaints of the irregularity and dishonesty of the presidential election and to make verbal war specifically upon his enemies within the Republican Party.

President Trump emphasized the theme of unity and claimed that the Republican Party was unified . . . behind him.

As he made gin-clear: It is absolutely vital that the bipartisan political class—backed by the totalitarian, woke media and big attack social media cartel—does not get away with the complete suppression of the grave doubts about the integrity of the 2020 presidential election.

Everyone who watched television in those days, even on the most rabidly Trump-hating networks, is aware of the improbable cascades of Joe Biden votes that came in en bloc in the middle of the night, unverifiable, all thanks to hastily jammed-through executive and judicial orders in certain states and of dubious constitutionality taken in supposed response to the pandemic.

Trump was wise to heap blame on the U.S. Supreme Court for its cowardice.

As the Constitution consigns to the state legislatures the administration of elections, it is only the courts and ultimately the high court that can police and judge the integrity of electoral disputes between executive and legislative parties.

That abdication of the Supreme Court over the motion of the attorney general of Texas supported by 16 other state governments was the court’s worst failure since the infamous Dred Scott decision of 1857, which helped bring on the Civil War.

So much for the Democrat caterwauling about a packed Trumpian court! The concerted, air-tight media effort to stifle any question of the integrity of the 2020 presidential election must not be allowed to succeed.


Trump Is Still On Top

Orthodox opinion counseled the president not to denounce by name the anti-Trump forces within the Republican Party, but he was right to do so.

All the Republicans who advocated his conviction in either spurious impeachment in the last year should be expelled from the party, and challenged in their next primary.

These were false charges; it is perfectly in order for a Republican to oppose Trump’s renomination, but siding with the Trump-hate movement and endorsing these unfounded, Pelosian smear jobs attacking Trump as a criminal who advocated a violent assault on the Capitol is an intolerable outrage.

Fortunately, Trump has lit the flame of aggrieved righteousness about the last election and it will be impossible to extinguish it.

Sunday’s CPAC meeting made it obvious that Trump still rules the Republican Party.

McConnell, Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse, Susan Collins, Bill Cassidy, are all anti-Trump senators who won’t face the voters for four to six years, but Senator Lisa Murkowski, Congresswoman Liz Cheney and the other members of the Congress who voted to impeach deserve to be booted from office at the next election.

The Mitch McConnell-Peggy Noonan-Karl Rove dream of a return to the pre-Trump party of post-Reagan amiable Dem-lookalike losers, the McRomBushes, is not going to happen. Trump isn’t “disgraced” as they claim, while the Democrats are now going to have to try to govern with their present ramshackle coalition of antagonistic elements riding off in all directions.

Make no mistake.  Trump is back, he is large and he is charge of the GOP.  2022 and 2024 here we come.


Conrad Black has been one of Canada’s most prominent financiers for 40 years, and was one of the leading newspaper publishers in the world for decades. He is a member of the British House of Lords as Lord Black of Crossharbour.