NATIONAL HARBOR, MD: CPAC Wednesday and Thursday featured political, media, and business celebrities. Mike Lindell of “My Pillow” fame was a particular crowd favorite.
Friday, CPAC took its typical and necessary sharp turn to seriousness. Turning Point USA star, Candace Owens repeats that as a black woman, she was never a slave.
Fox News reporter Sara Carter had a serious discussion with Kellyanne Conway about the opioid crisis.
Vice President Pence took no prisoners.
Vice President Pence spoke of the Trump administration’s accomplishments and excoriating those who prefer socialism — repeating his mantra contrasting the Trump record of achievement with the economic stagnation of his predecessor.
“The forgotten men and women of America are forgotten no more.”
Without mentioning her by name, Pence took to task the 29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her obsession with abolishing ICE.
“Under this president and this administration, we will never abolish ICE.”
Pence lambasts Democrats who claim the crisis at America’s Southern border is being manufactured.
“The only thing that is manufactured is their outrage.”
Pence offered a passionate defense of his wife, Second Lady Karen Pence. A devout Christian, she has been under attack for deciding to teach at a school. Pence took on those who would attack Christians and Christianity just for being Christian.
Moving the United States embassy in Israel to Jerusalem drew loud applause, a clear contrast with the rising anti-Israel sentiment in the Democrat Party.
Pence reminds us that accomplishments matter more than cheap political words. Nowhere is that truer than in military matters.
“Our troops have liberated five million men, women, and children.”
The crowd turned silent as Pence sorrowfully recounted praying with his wife at a Holocaust death campsite in Poland. He brought them back to cheers with the well-known phrase that demands repetition: “Never again.”
Pence went much further in condemning Jew-hatred.
“Anti-Semitism is not just wrong. It is evil. Anti-Semitism must be confronted wherever it arises, and it must be universally condemned.”
While Pence publicly calls out Iran, speculators wonder if the V.P. was referencing Representatives Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. Both Omar and Tlaib are known for making explicit anti-Semitic remarks. Pretending they are a legitimate criticism of Israel.
Turning to domestic policy, Pence rips into socialism and its supporters. He points out that socialism impoverishes people around the world.
“The moment America becomes a socialist country is a moment that America ceases to become America.”
Friday CPAC 2019 Action
The Young Jewish Conservatives prepared for their Sabbath dinner event. The young CPAC attendees prepare to party at Reaganpalooza. Radio Row had interviews to conduct. There is no mistaking what CPAC 2019 Friday will be about.
For America to remain America as we know it, freedom has to triumph over the domestic threat of socialism and the foreign threat of Islamism.
The choice is clear, and very few people deliver it as clearly as Vice President Mike Pence.