Trump’s speech … President Donald Trump delivered a speech today at CPAC that lasted a little over an hour. Off-script for most of the speech, President Trump took a victory lap on a roaring economy, touched on foreign policy, spoke about the recent school shooting, and spoke on immigration. The last two items are what really sent the media into a frenzy.
When discussing the Parkland school shooting, President Trump mentioned two things that riled up the media types. The first was that he believes that teachers who own guns and have training should be able to carry in schools. As usual the media took that to mean that Trump wants to “arm teachers” as some sort of requirement to be a teacher. The second is that he called out the armed deputy sheriff resource officer at the school who did not engage the shooter. Here are a few tweeted reactions:
The shooting response is a serious failure, but there's something unsettling about the president using a speech to mock an ordinary person who's living with his shame amid universal condemnation
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) February 23, 2018
The Snake does fit 1938 Germany more than America. For anyone at CPAC ignorant of America’s history, see below:
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” https://t.co/eabkIYgL7X
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) February 23, 2018
Trump reciting 'the Snake' at CPAC, comparing immigrants to vicious reptile. He did the same during 2016 rally in Everett https://t.co/LfJw7Tqu09
— Jim Brunner (@Jim_Brunner) February 23, 2018
The media types are missing the point on “The Snake,” a poem that talks about a woman who takes a snake into her home and then laments that the snake bites and kills her. Trump isn’t talking about all immigrants. He’s talking about a small subset of immigrants who come to the country looking to do harm.
Cillizza’s “fact-check” … While President Trump was speaking from the CPAC stage, CNN’s Chris Cillizza decided to fact-check him with an article titled, “Donald Trump stokes a totally false idea on the 2nd Amendment in CPAC speech.” What was the “false idea?” Trump said that Democrats will “take away your 2nd Amendment.”
Cillizza argues that because getting rid of the Second Amendment would require a two-thirds vote of Congress and the ratification of two-thirds of the states, it would never happen. But Cillizza knows exactly what Trump means: That Democrats will pass unconstitutional legislation and then have the bureaucracy enforce it. In fact, that type of legislation has been shot down by the Supreme Court in the past. And make no mistake about it, there are politicians who believe the Second Amendment doesn’t include an individual right to own guns. That is what the president was talking about. Cillizza is once again letting his politics get in the way of his coverage.
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Second CNN accuser steps up … After CNN once again called school shooting survivor Colton Haab a liar for saying that a producer reworded his question, another parent and student from the high school have spoken up. Student Ariana Klein and her father Andrew appeared on Laura Ingraham’s Fox News program last night. Mr. Klein told Ingraham, “The producer insinuated to me they were looking for people who were willing to espouse a certain narrative, which was taking a tragedy and turning it into a policy debate.”
Like I said yesterday, no sane person can think what happened on CNN this past Wednesday was anything but a pro-gun control rally. CNN continues to dig itself into this hole.
MSNBC’s “Lawrence” steps in it … After all the drama, sometimes you just need to laugh. Thank you to MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell for letting us all have a little laugh at his expense. “Lawrence,” as the network likes to call him, said on the air that a bullet from an AR-15 travels three times faster than a bullet from a handgun. He used that as a counterpoint to allowing teachers to carry guns in their classrooms. Here, watch.
Absurd. Ben Shapiro and I did a little math, four minutes apart. In Shapiro’s case, using a 100-foot distance, the time difference in firing speed is roughly five hundredths of a second. I used a 10-foot range; the difference would be 6.25 milliseconds. Both time differences would have negligible effects on response time. Why even try to make the case?
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Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.