President Donald Trump spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday, and the raucous speech elicited varied and specific reactions from both sides of the political aisle.
The president mentioned a slew of popular topics including Hillary Clinton (with chants of “Lock her up!”), gun rights and the Parkland shooting, the U.S.-Mexico border wall, and his bald spot (yes, that happened).
In reaction to Trump’s comments, people from across the political spectrum took to their computers to voice their elation or to protest his positions and rhetoric.
While the crowd present for the speech applauded and cheered, many on the left were not so pleased with the president’s words. Fact-checkers, pundits, and journalists called out the president on a variety of fronts:
People chanting “lock her up” during Trump speech at CPAC…minutes after NYT reports Trump campaign aide Rick Gates to plead guilty and cooperate with Mueller… https://t.co/9uqgSffYte
— Tim Stenovec (@timsteno) February 23, 2018
The president and others promoting arming teachers are delusional. Wake the hell up people. There was a uniformed, armed police officer on duty at Douglas H. S. and he did nothing. And you expect teachers to do his job? #ICallBS #cpac2018
Trump condemns gun-free zones at CPAC.
CPAC applauds wildly.
CPAC is a gun-free zone.
— Lawrence O’Donnell (@Lawrence) February 23, 2018
But conservative commentators and political journalists found plenty of reasons to applaud the president in his speech. From immigration and gun rights to Clinton and taxes, supporters lined up to praise Trump’s address at CPAC:
Trump at CPAC, “In America we don’t worship government. We worship God.” Amen.
— Bill Gertz (@BillGertz) February 23, 2018
The biggest change from last CPAC is that Trump has a pretty good story to tell traditional R’s at this point: “Hey, I did a bunch of stuff you like, backed off some stuff you don’t like, and the economy is fine.”
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) February 23, 2018
All in all, Trump seems to have done what he does best: Appeal to his supporters and speak about issues they care about. While his opponents have reason to protest, the president didn’t fail to make quite a show out of the event, as others have observed:
.@POTUS: “You don’t mind if I go off script? (Points at TelePrompTer text of his speech) It’s a little boring.”
Also could be the President’s personal motto. #CPAC2018
— Willie Geist (@WillieGeist) February 23, 2018
Later Friday, President Trump is scheduled to hold a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The event is scheduled to being at 2 p.m. ET.