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Donald Trump takes victory lap, urges CPAC activists to stay vigilant

March 2, 2019

President Trump on Saturday took a victory lap for what he described as a booming economy, U.S. victories abroad, and his success on conservative priorities like appointing new judges to the federal courts as he urged grassroots conservative activists to continue fighting.

In a stem-winding speech that clocked in at about two hours, Mr. Trump mocked opponents on both the left and the right, implying that conservatives who continue to resist him would feel differently if a president with a different name had accomplished the same things in his first two years in office.

“I put in over a hundred federal judges - it’ll soon be 145 federal judges,” he said at the 2019 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). “We got the best economy maybe in our history... we’ve got the best employment numbers and unemployment numbers in our history... we got more regulations [cut] in two years than any president has ever done.”

He said he needed CPAC attendees to stay active heading into the 2020 presidential election.

“You’re energized, you’re mobilized, and you’re engaged,” he said. “We need your voice... we need your commitment.”

He said Democrats, meanwhile, are trying to push socialist policies like Medicare-for-all.

“They’re embracing open borders, socialism, and extreme late-term abortion,” he said.

“We hopefully are going to be here for six more years,” he said. “We believe in the American Dream, not in the socialist nightmare.”

He jokingly encouraged Democrats to continue pressing forward on their “Green New Deal” to try to aggressively reduce carbon emissions.

“I encourage it. I think it’s really something,” he said. “It’s something our country needs desperately.”

He said Democrats are pushing policies that he could never sell, but he urged conservative activists to remain vigilant.

“But big but they always stick together and the Republicans don’t - remember that,” he said.