The year’s second Conservative Political Action Conference was as off-the-rails as one would expect. Don Jr. tried to be funny. Lauren Boebert got made fun of by AOC. The audience cheered the dearth of people safe from a highly contagious disease. But the biggest draw was the big boy himself, former president and failed blogger Donald J. Trump. He’s still the party’s figurehead despite being banned over much of social media, and he used his speech on Sunday to do something almost unheard of from him: He told the truth.
TRUMP ON FORMER AG BARR: "He became a different man when the Democrats viciously stated that they wanted to impeach him.. I did not become different, I got impeached twice." pic.twitter.com/eQeOKiHCbJ
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 11, 2021
In a Greatest Hits speech that cycled through the usual malarkey — much of it voter fraud lies — Trump, for whatever reason, saw fit to brag that he became the first president to be impeached twice. He was talking about William Barr, his once loyal Attorney General, who refused to make up nonsense about the election he lost last November. Trump claimed Barr “became different” after Democrats threatened him with impeachment. But Trump, he claimed, is made of stronger stuff.
“I didn’t become different. I got impeached twice,” Trump said, to thunderous applause. He then added, “I became worse.”
It’s a strange thing to brag about, but maybe it only seems that way because we so rarely hear from a man who now lives in resorts with strangers. Still, some people joked that at least he was finally telling the truth about something.
Trump is totally right about this for a change pic.twitter.com/MSa1TwKXTx
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 11, 2021
Some pointed out that this certainly disproves Maine Senator Susan Collins’ defense of why she didn’t vote for impeachment the first time, in 2019, claiming that Trump would learn his lesson. And straight from the horse’s mouth, we know he did not.
Susan Collins after Trump's first impeachment: "I believe that the president has learned from this case… That's a pretty big lesson."
Trump today: “I didn’t become different. I got impeached twice. I didn’t change. I became worse. I became worse.”https://t.co/pyDKrsReGi
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) July 11, 2021
And others pointed out that Trump can easily make a comeback if people aren’t careful.
Trump was first impeached for betraying our country and attempting to blackmail a US ally.
His second impeachment was for inciting an insurrection.
He repeatedly brags the @GOP helping him escape conviction made him "worse."@CPAC crowd cheers.
This is how dictators are made. https://t.co/jT06mcmFRQ
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) July 11, 2021