President Donald Trump made an appearance at CPAC 2017 on Friday morning and seemed to have a packed house, full of supporters.
The President had the crowd on it’s feet, applauding, and cheering as he attacked his foes in the liberal media and in the Democrat Party.
Partial Transcript below, you can see the full transcript here.
I love this place. Love you people. (Applause.) So thank you. Thank you very much.
First of all, I want to thank Matt Schlapp, and his very, very incredible wife and boss, Mercedes, who have been fantastic friends and supporters, and so great. When I watch them on television defending me, nobody has a chance. So, I want to thank Matt and Mercedes.
And when Matt called and asked, I said, absolutely, I’ll be there with you. I mean, the real reason I said it — I didn’t want him to go against me because that one you can’t beat. So I said, absolutely. And it really is an honor to be here.
I wouldn’t miss a chance to talk to my friends. These are my friends. (Applause.) And we’ll see you again next year and the year after that, and I’ll be doing this with CPAC whenever I can, and I’ll make sure that we’re here a lot.
You know, if you remember, my first major speech — sit down, everybody. Come on. (Applause.) You know, the dishonest media, they’ll say he didn’t get a standing ovation. You know why? No, you know why? Because everybody stood and nobody sat, so they will say he never got a standing ovation, right? (Applause.) They are the worst.
AUDIENCE: USA! USA! USA! (Applause.)
THE PRESIDENT: So — sit down. (Laughter.) Donald Trump did not get a standing ovation. They leave out the part, they never sat down. They leave that out. So I just want to thank — but you know, my first major speech was at CPAC. And probably five or six years ago — first major political speech. And you were there.
And it was — I loved it. I love the people. I love the commotion. And then they did these polls where I went through the roof, and I wasn’t even running, right? But it gave me an idea, and I got a little bit concerned when I saw what was happening in the country, and I said, let’s go do it. So it was very exciting. I walked the stage on CPAC. I’ll never forget it, really. I had very little notes, and even less preparation. So when you have practically no notes and no preparation, and then you leave and everybody was thrilled, I said, I think I like this business.
I would have come last year, but I was worried that I would be, at that time, too controversial. We wanted border security. We wanted very, very strong military. We wanted all of the things that we’re going to get, and people consider that controversial. But you didn’t consider it controversial. (Applause.)
So I’ve been with CPAC for a long time. All of these years, we’ve been together. And now you finally have a president. Finally. Took you a long time. Took you a long time. (Applause.)
And it’s patriots like you that made it happen, believe me — believe me. You did it because you love your country, because you want a better future for your children, and because you want to make America great again. (Applause.)
The media didn’t think we would win.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: They knew. (Laughter.)
THE PRESIDENT: The pundits — you’re right. They had an idea. The pundits didn’t think we would win. The consultants that suck up all that money. Oh, they suck it up, they’re so good. (Laughter.) They’re not good at politics, but they’re really good at sucking up people’s money. Especially my opponent’s, because I kept them down to a minimum.
THE PRESIDENT: But the consultants didn’t think we would win. But they all underestimated the power of the people — you. And the people proved them totally wrong. Never — and this is so true, and this is what’s been happening — never underestimate the people. Never. I don’t think it will ever happen again.
And I want you all to know that we are fighting the fake news. It’s fake — phony, fake. (Applause.) A few days ago, I called the fake news “the enemy of the people” — and they are. They are the enemy of the people. Because they have no sources, they just make them up when there are none. I saw one story recently where they said nine people have confirmed. There are no nine people. I don’t believe there was one or two people. Nine people. And I said, give me a break. Because I know the people. I know who they talked to. There were no nine people. But they say, nine people, and somebody reads it and they think, oh, nine people. They have nine sources. They make up sources.
They are very dishonest people. In fact, in covering my comments, the dishonest media did not explain that I called the fake news the enemy of the people — the fake news. They dropped off the word “fake.” And all of the sudden, the story became, the media is the enemy. They take the word “fake” out, and now I’m saying, oh, no, this is no good. But that’s the way they are. So I’m not against the media. I’m not against the press. I don’t mind bad stories if I deserve them. And I tell you, I love good stories, but we won’t — (laughter) — I don’t get too many of them.
But I am only against the fake news media or press — fake, fake. They have to leave that word. I’m against the people that make up stories and make up sources. They shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name. Let their name be put out there. Let their name be put out. (Applause.) A source says that Donald Trump is a horrible, horrible human being. Let them say it to my face. (Applause.) Let there be no more sources.