Trump appeared for a speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference and gave a brilliant speech in which he attacked his enemies and easily dismissed their current line of attacks against him to the roaring applause of the crowd.
In one part of the speech, for example, Trump blasted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a RINO who continually backs down to Democrat demands when the going gets tough, saying:
“You had to send him, he’s the old broken-down crow, bad guy, bad politician. He wanted my endorsement, he was getting his ass kicked.
“The people of Kentucky like Donald Trump, and I like them, and I was leading by a lot and he came to see me. He was losing by 2 to somebody named Amy McGrath, a good politician. She had $93 million ready to go. He’s down by 2 and he’s going to go down all the way, and it comes over to see me and he practically begs me for an endorsement, and would I do a television commercial for him. I didn’t like him that much, but I helped him out and they got him elected by more votes than he ever got before.
“And I totally got him elected. He would have lost. In retrospect, I wish I ran somebody in the primary against him, but I still would rather have him probably than a Democrat, barely.”
“Barely” is the operative word there, the obvious degree to which Trump and many other Republicans prefer Mitch to the Democrats.
But the McConnell issue wasn’t the only touchy subject that Trump tackled during his speech. He also ripped into the Democrat lies and lines about January 6th, downplaying its importance and saying:
“And as to what happened on January 6th, it was a simple protest. It got out of hand, and I will say one thing they don’t talk about. They never show the size of the crowd. I believe it was the largest number of people I’ve ever spoken to.
“I’m not talking about the very small percentage of people that went down to the Capitol, many of whom did nothing wrong and they’re paying a big price because of this horrible situation that’s taking place. I’m talking about the crowd that I spoke before, and some people went down long before I spoke, but the crowd that I spoke to before was, I believe, the largest — and I’ve spoken in front of big crowds — this is a big crowd.
“I’ve spoken in front of very big crowds. That was the largest crowd of people that I’ve ever spoken before. And I will tell you, and they totally did this too last week. I said, that was a crowd where there was unbelievable love and patriotism in the air. People were holding hands, they were listening, they were crying. They were there over a rigged election.”
In addition, he attacked the January 6th Committee itself, particularly the “evidence” it is using against him, saying:
“The committee is taking the testimony of witnesses who defended me for eight hours, chopping it up and truncating sound bites to make it sound like what they said was absolutely terrible. But, remember, it’s also the people that weren’t allowed to even testify that wanted to.
“A lot of people wanted to go and testify about what they saw and how crooked it was. Meanwhile, the committee refuses to play any of the tape of people saying the good things, the things that we want to hear. It’s a one-way street. It’s a rigged deal, it’s a disgrace and it’s never happened in the history of our country where we didn’t have any — we have no representation.”
Trump also ripped into Mike Pence and Bill Barr, both of whom he called weak, saying:
“But I never called Mike Pence a wimp. I never called them a wimp. Mike Pence had a chance to be great. He had a chance to be, frankly, historic.
“But just like Bill Barr and the rest of these weak people, Mike — and I say it sadly because I like him — but Mike did not have the courage to act. Bill Barr was afraid of certain things, and you know what they were. Please don’t impeach me, don’t impeach me, Bill Barr, please! I said, what’s wrong with being impeached? I got impeached twice and my poll numbers went up. I don’t want to be impeached, sir! I don’t want to be impeached!”