Former President Donald Trump headlined the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday night in Dallas. As he does with most of his weekend rallies, he spoke in depth about a wide range of topics, including himself.
After introducing former White House doctor Ronny Jackson to the crowd, Trump spoke about the physicals he underwent while in office.
“He loved looking at my body. He was so strong,” Trump said. “But he said I was the healthiest president that ever lived. I was the healthiest. I said, I like that guy.”
In addition to being a doctor, Jackson is a former rear admiral in the US Navy, and he now represents Texas’ 13th congressional district, which is in west Texas around Levelland.
Jackson is clearly a Trump ally, and the Texas representative swept aside President Joe Biden’s administration via Twitter. Jackson even took a swipe at “mask mandates.”
“This administration is determined to DESTROY our military. CRTs, vaccination warrants – they are doing everything EXCEPT to protect us. If we are going to save the military, we need a RED WAVE in November!”
Trump addressed all of his usual talking points while rallying the conservative base. These included the economy, America’s return to energy independence, ‘fake news’, the strengthening of the southern border, the withdrawal of weapons from ‘criminals’, the war in Ukraine, of an impending conflict between China and Taiwan, men playing women’s sports and, as always, shooting Biden and President Nancy Pelosi.
“Crazy Nancy Pelosi. What was she doing in Taiwan?” said Trump. “This woman brings chaos.”
Although the former president didn’t say he would run again in 2024, he has floated the idea several times this year, including on Saturday night.
“I ran twice, I won twice. I did a lot better the second time around,” Trump said. “And now we may have to do it again! We’re going to make America great again. But first we have to make America safer.”
Trump said America should “leave the police alone” to do their job.
“Instead of taking guns from law-abiding Americans, let’s take them away from criminals,” Trump said.
Newsweek contacted the White House for comment.
Trump brought swimmer Riley Gaines on stage to talk about keeping men out of women’s sports. Trump called Gaines, who is one of the most decorated swimmers in University of Kentucky history, “brave.”
Then Gaines spoke to the crowd for a brief moment.
“Basically all I’m saying is that it takes brains, common sense, and fifth-grade biology-level understanding to realize that this is patently unfair. It’s completely obvious,” Gaines told the crowd. “And so I spoke earlier today and said a lot, so I’m going to be brief, and I’m just going to say keep women’s sport feminine.”
Organized by the American Conservative Union, the annual CPAC is one of the largest gatherings of conservatives in the world. This year it was a way for the Conservatives to build momentum for the 2022 midterm elections.