The Transcript Of Trump's CPAC Speech Makes A Lot Of Promises


President Donald J. Trump just wrapped up speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference, in what was the first time a sitting president delivered such an address since former president George W. Bush did so at the 2008 event, during his final year in office. And if you missed it, whether deliberately or accidentally, never fear ― you can catch up on everything he said, and you don't even have to listen to him shout, either. That's because you can read Trump's CPAC speech in transcript form, stripping away all the performance and bluster and getting down to the cold, hard words.

If you ever feel disoriented by the rhetorical style of the 45th president of the United States, this can actually be a pretty good strategy to break the spell. To remind yourself that no, you haven't slipped into some sort of alternate reality ― that when you read his words written on a page, the incoherence still shines through.

Or, if you're a Trump supporter, you can read it and think "hey, pretty good!" It's all up to you. In any case, here's the full text of Trump's speech, as expertly transcribed by Tara Golshan of Vox. All due credit (and an absolutely groveling amount of thanks and respect) to her for putting this together, because needless to say, the rhythm and flow of a Trump speech is far from usual, and really only enjoyable to a very particular sort of person.

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So, there you have it! Unstated in the transciprt is the fact that Trump is still using "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by the The Rolling Stones as his closing music, despite the fact that the campaign is over, the band doesn't want him using it, and it was always an utterly vexing choice for a man like Trump, both musically and thematically.

As for the rest of the speech, that's for you to judge. Although suffice to say it probably didn't win many hearts and minds in the progressive community ― nor was it meant to.