The second Conservative Political Action Conference of the year was as wild as one might anticipate. Don Jr. attempted to be amusing. Lauren Boebert was mocked by AOC. The audience applauded the small number of people who were free of a highly contagious sickness. But it was the big boy himself, former president and failed blogger Donald J. Trump, who drew the most attention. Despite being banned from much of social media, he remains the party’s face, and he used his address on Sunday to do something practically unheard of for him: he stated the truth.
In a Greatest Hits address that cycled through the usual nonsense — much of it voting fraud falsehoods — Trump felt compelled to boast that he was the first president to be impeached twice, for whatever reason. He was referring to Attorney General William Barr, who refused to make up lies about the election he lost in November. After Democrats threatened him with impeachment, Trump claimed Barr “got different.” Trump, on the other hand, he asserted, is composed of tougher stuff.
“I didn’t become different. I got impeached twice,” Trump said, to thunderous applause. He then added, “I became worse.”
It’s an odd thing to brag about, but perhaps that’s because we don’t hear from a man who now lives in resorts with strangers very often. Even yet, some quipped that at the very least he was speaking the truth about something.
Some have pointed out that this refutes Maine Senator Susan Collins’ argument of why she didn’t vote for impeachment the first time around, in 2019, stating Trump would learn his lesson. And we know he didn’t because he said so himself.
After Trump’s first impeachment, Susan Collins said: “I believe the president has learnt something from this situation… That’s a significant thing to learn.”
Others pointed out that if people aren’t vigilant, Trump might easily make a comeback.