On Sunday, President Trump delivered rousing remarks to a packed house filled with thousands of Republicans with millions more watching online at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas. President Trump crystallized the major issues for the 2022 midterms and issued a call to America’s silent majority to fight against the “Marxist morality” of the Left and defend the country’s “glorious cultural heritage” that undergirds and supports its written Constitution.
Trump’s remarks showed a way forward for Republicans looking to take back the House and the Senate in 2022 by outlining three major voting issues that Republicans can take across the country and win on next year. The first is the Biden border crisis.
As Trump described, “The Biden administration has turned the border into the single greatest disaster in American history.” He noted that “Illegal border crossings are up over 1,000% from last year” and “[f]or the last three months in a row, more illegal alien minors have arrived than any other month in united states history. This is the major pipeline for MS-13.”
“Overall,” he said, illegal youth arrivals are “up nearly 500%. Think of this, and they are being resettled in cities and towns all across the United States at taxpayers’ expense.” “Meanwhile, ICE removals are at the lowest levels ever,” he noted.
“When I was president,” Trump argued, “illegal alien criminals knew that if they trespassed across our border, they would be caught, they would be detained, and they would be sent to jail, or we would send them the hell back to where they came from.”
The second voting issue for 2022 that President Trump discussed was rising crime. Trump said that “The bloodshed and violence in these cities is reaching epidemic proportions. Homicides are up 42% in Los Angeles, 37% in Philadelphia, 68% in Atlanta, and over 500% in Portland over this time last year.” Trump declared that “The Democrats know their policies on crime are so unpopular, so radical, so crazy, they are now trying to pretend they never led defund the police movements in the first place. We never said defund the police, you know who did it, the Republicans did it. That’s what they do, it’s called disinformation.” Trump observed that, in reality, “If you want more police and more cops in the streets, vote for America-first Republicans[.]”
The third voting issue that Trump called Republicans to take up is resisting critical race theory in public schools and the radical teachings of the New York Times’ 1619 Project. Trump was greeted with thunderous applause for the simple line: “1776 not 1619!” Trump reflected that “If you listen to the media or watch the evening news casts our country has really gone bad. All we talk about is race. Race, race. We don’t talk about our country being great anymore. We don’t talk about how America can lead the world. We don’t talk about stopping crime, with all the hundreds and hundreds of people that are being shot in Democrat-run cities and what to do about it. We don’t talk about the drugs pouring across our borders.” And most importantly, he said, “we don’t talk about the great future of our country.”
He asserted that “the Democrat-controlled media talks race, race, race for political reasons. They always have, but never like this. It is hurting our country, more than anyone else, our great minority communities, it is hurting them badly.”
Trump then laid out a vision for the antidote to America’s divisive political discourse. He said: “We celebrate our rich heritage and traditions. We honor George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and all of our national heroes. And, of course, we always respect our great American flag. We believe in patriotic education for our children. And we strongly oppose the radical indoctrination of America’s youth. We are committed to defending innocent life, and to proudly upholding the Judeo-Christian values of our nation’s founding. We embrace free thought. We stand up to political correctness. And we reject the intolerance of left-wing cancel culture.”
A highlight of President Trump’s address came when he issued a call to action to all conservatives to “preserve our glorious American heritage.” It was a theme that President Trump wove throughout his speech. He said, “[T]oday that heritage is under threat like never before,” adding later that “like socialist and communist movements throughout our country, today’s leftists do not believe in freedom, they do not believe in fairness, and they do not believe in democracy. They believe in Marxist morality. Anything is justified as long as it hurts their political opponents.”
“Before our very eyes, the radical left democrats are turning the law itself into a weapon for partisan persecution,” Trump maintained. He claimed that: “There are now two sets of law in this country, one for the left-wing mob, the rioters and the rampagers, who can do whatever the hell they want to whomever they want to do it. And there’s another set of rules for law-abiding American citizens. Happen to be Republicans, who simply want to speak their minds and exercise their rights…”
Trump contended that this threat to American freedom was worse than at any point in living memory. He noted that conservatives had thought “for decades, all that mattered was policy fights in Washington. All it would take to prevail was winning small Supreme Court cases.” Now, Trump said, “[T]he battle is so much bigger and broader than any of that. The radical left has been methodically taking over every giant centralized institution in American life — the school systems, the universities, the bar association’s… Hollywood, journalism, the big banks, big tech…Our jobs and our mission is to resist this poison and fight for our Republic with all of our heart and all of our soul.”
He challenged every member of the movement to Make America Great Again: “We must decide that we will not stop, we will not rest until our American heritage of freedom, liberty and justice is once again safe and once again secure. We owe our country nothing less than that.”