Trump Polls CPAC Audience: 'Second Amendment or the Tax Cuts?'

In what was supposed to be a policy speech at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, Donald Trump got distracted and focused on his favorite topic: himself.

Trump said that despite his pledges to take some action on gun control from earlier in the week, he is still a firm supporter of the right to bear arms. "They will take away your Second Amendment, which we will never allow to happen". He also argued that the crowd would prefer keeping the Second Amendment over tax cuts, if it people were forced to choose.

"You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in", Trump crescendoed at the end of his reading, to applause.

"Remember when I first started running and people said, 'Are you sure he's a conservative?' I think we've proved I'm a conservative", he said. "Hey, we're hanging in".

While the crowd present for the speech applauded and cheered, many on the left were not so pleased with the president's words. Even Megyn Kelly, former Fox News journalist and political commentator, now over her feud with Trump, recently admitted the genuineness of the president's tresses saying she had an opportunity to "shove her hands up in it" herself. Echoing Pence's call that the administration's first year was the "most consequential" since at least President Ronald Reagan's, Phillips said, "That's a great point that I hope our base hears".

In order to rile up the conservative crowd, Trump reached back into his 2016 campaign pocket numerous times to ignite a spark of "enthusiasm" among Republicans to stave off a wave of Democrats being elected later this year.

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His 28-year-old brother, Daniel Eriberto Barcenas , told deputies that he purchased the guns while serving in the Army in Texas. Parents, teachers and students said they were afraid to be on campus. "If you don't talk to them, someone else will".


He went on an extended riff about immigration, vowing to build his promised border wall, lamenting a system he claimed was woefully broken, and declaring Democrats were unwilling to accept an agreement that would reform the DACA program.

"He didn't turn out to be too good, I'll tell you that".

Here are some of the wilder moments from Trump's remarks, which lasted well over an hour.

Matt Schlapp is the chairman of the American Conservative Union (ACU), which organizes CPAC every year.

Trump warned of the dangers of gangs such as MS-13 as one reason changes to the legal immigration system and visa lottery system are needed. He has called group leaders "great people" and "patriots" in recent days and said Friday morning on the way to the conference, "The NRA wants to do the right thing".

The White House has said Trump will soon lay out a package of school and gun safety proposals for Congress to consider. "I don't want to get into that battle". The poem was recited by then-candidate Trump numerous times on the campaign trail as a way to back up his argument of keeping some immigrants out of the United States.

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