Former President Donald Trump’s speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) evidently set leftists on edge as a message of hope and “retribution” led to the claim that he “is not well” alongside some revisionist history.
Perhaps salivating for the days when any coverage of the president raked in large audiences of fellow Trump Derangement Syndrome sufferers, “CNN This Morning” gave a taste of what the Republican presidential primary coverage might look like as they tried out a new narrative.
After cohost Kaitlan Collins loaded up a clip of Trump speaking at CPAC Saturday in National Harbor, Maryland, guest John Avlon, CNN senior political analyst and former editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, reflected on the “fringe” gathering that favored a second term at 62 percent.
“It’s very easy to treat Donald Trump as a sideshow because if you look at his posts on Truth Social if you look at that rambling, 145-minute, lie-filled speech, you’d say that this is someone who is not well,” Avlon said. “And yet, we need to concede that he is, right now, the frontrunner for the Republican nomination, and the more crowded the primary is, the more likely he is to win.”
The assessment was triggered primarily by the president’s statement that, “In 2016, I declared I am your voice. Today I add I am your warrior, I am your justice. And for those who have been wronged and betrayed, I am your retribution.”
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The political analyst asserted, “there’s a danger of sleepwalking past these absurdities, these inanities, these divisive fireballs the former president is throwing, simply because he is somebody who’s under multiple investigations right now; somebody who tried to overturn our democracy. But that’s not a disqualifier in today’s Republican Party. So I think we need to be wide-eyed about that right now.”
Further attacks were leveled against Trump and his supporters as cohost Don Lemon contended the CPAC speech was “low energy” and reminded him of the so-called “American carnage” speech.
After years of biased coverage about the president, viewers were left to fill in the gaps on the reference Lemon was making to Trump’s 2017 inauguration, likely to maintain the impression, as Avlon put it, of “divisive fireballs.”
Looking back at the newly sworn-in leader’s remarks from Jan. 20, 2017, it would seem CNN hoped viewers would take their word on the tenor of Trump’s messaging.
“But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists. Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential,” the president lamented.
To that, he declared, “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.”
“We are one nation — and their pain is our pain,” Trump said. “Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.”
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