Another day, another opportunity for President Donald Trump to make a new, incredibly inaccurate claim.
During his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday, Trump told attendees that lines to get into the event stretched back “six blocks.” But outside of the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, the scene appeared quite peaceful, with no lines to get into the event.
“There are lines that go back six blocks,” Trump told the audience, adding that he knew the press wasn't going to cover it. However, the entire National Harbor waterfront development along the Potomac River where the Gaylord is located takes up to six blocks, and the streets surrounding the region were mainly quiet prior to and during the event.
According to The Hill, most people outside of the building were security officers and CPAC volunteers, who were seen making stops at a nearby Starbucks.
The president claimed lines to get into his CPAC speech stretched 6 blocks. Per @kasie there are no lines, the event is not open to public— Dafna Linzer (@DafnaLinzer) February 24, 2017
Trump at CPAC says place is packed, "lines went back 6 blocks." Didn't see lines personally, but lots of space here in the back of ballroom pic.twitter.com/Kb7E1B5MIT— Torey Van Oot (@toreyvanoot) February 24, 2017
During his speech at CPAC, the first given by a sitting president since Ronald Reagan, Trump once again accused the media of being the “enemy.” When talking about news organizations like CNN — which the president called the “Clinton News Network” — Trump accused many of spreading untruthful poll results. He also suggested a “solution,” by saying that news organizations should not be allowed to use “unnamed sources.”
When talking about his immigration plan, Trump said “the gang members, the drug dealers, and the criminal aliens” are being thrown “the hell out of our country,” adding that “we will not let them back in.”
Unlike Trump, the last president to speak at CPAC praised conservatives for doing more “than criticize,” showing an approach to power that the current president adamantly opposes.
Ironically, many say Trump hopes to make this the new Reagan era, ignoring that the late president looked at immigration from a very different perspective. After all, it was Reagan himself who said he hoped America would become “a shining city upon a hill … teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity.”
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