Barry Nussbaum: Hello and welcome to ATP Report. I’m Barry Nussbaum. We are back with Will Johnson live from CPAC. Will has been there for the entire CPAC event and was there for the epic return of President Trump. Will Johnson, welcome back to ATP!
Will Johnson: Glad to be here. Thanks for having me.
Barry Nussbaum: So, you were in the room for the world-shaking return of President Trump. I heard the words on TV. You heard the words live. How did the crowd react when he came out and said, “Do you miss me yet?”
Will Johnson: Well, you know what? The crowd exploded. Of course, USA, USA, of course, we all miss President Trump. I will even go as far as saying that even some of the left miss President Trump because now they don’t have their jobs any longer.
Barry Nussbaum: So, besides the chants that went on for like I don’t know how many minutes, what was the perception if you had to give an overall review amongst the crowd? What energy was created? What were the themes he presented? The messages, especially his critique of Biden, what’s your take?
Will Johnson: You know what? This entire time of this event, people were like talking to each other, and they were happy they could talk to people who are like-minded. But I’m going to tell you this much.
People were looking at the Republican Party like the Republican Party is pretty much done, at least the old Republican Party, the GOP. But President Trump, what he has done, he’s brought energy, much needed energy back to the Republican Party.
And I can only tell you that those on the left are terrified that after they did everything, that they could destroy this man and this nation, that he is coming back stronger than ever. The energy- you can tell President Trump is now- he’s ticked off.
He is now ticked off. And he’s- I think the gloves are coming off. So, I think the energy that the Republican Party has now behind this President, President Trump, is amazing.
Barry Nussbaum: Well, let me ask you specifically. Before Trump took the stage, the polling was announced, and it was some incredible number ninety-five, ninety-six, ninety-seven percent, whatever it was. An astronomical number of attendees at CPAC want Trump to be the presidential candidate of the GOP in 2024, right?
Will Johnson: Yes, of course. Of course.
Barry Nussbaum: Now, this is a candidate, in American history, this does not happen. If you lose your old news, right?
Will Johnson: Yep.
Barry Nussbaum: We have who Mitt Romney lost. Nobody wants to hear from. Bob Dole lost, and nobody wants to hear from him. Richard Nixon lost he actually came back, what, 12 years later? For the most part, you lose your history.
He lost, and we can argue about that some other time. At least he’s not president, we know that, and the place went nuts. This is the conservative wing.
Will Johnson: Yes.
Barry Nussbaum: This is the base, right, of the GOP? On TV, it looked like the Rolling Stones were on stage.
Will Johnson: No, absolutely. You know, so many people came to CPAC because of President Trump. When I was looking at the tickets, when I was coming here, there were tickets available.
But as soon as people found out President Trump was showing up, they sold out the very same day. It was over with, and you’re right, I would say it is ninety-five percent. It’s probably close to ninety-nine percent.
It is extremely high that this party does belong to President Trump no matter what Mitt Romney has done or Mitch McConnell or Lindsey Graham or some of these other Rhinos, no matter what they have done, the party is still with President Trump.
Barry Nussbaum: So far, from a political standpoint, that’s an interesting comment you just made. I was quite interested from a political science point of view where Trump named every member of the House and every member of the Senate, that if you’re a loyal Trumpster, basically, they stabbed him in the back.
He called out Mitt Romney and Murkowski and the others that voted to impeach both in the House and the Senate. Right? Susan Collins and so on. How do people here, when I say here in mean there in Florida where you are at the CPAC. How do they react to him calling them out and saying, you know what, we know what you did?
Will Johnson: Well, you know what? They all booed their names, but they were excited about President Trump hitting them where they need to be hit. Not physically with violence, but with his First Amendment.
He straight up told them that these are the people that you need to get rid of, and all President Trump has to do is say remove these people from office in these different states, different districts, and they’re going to do it.
There are so many campaigns right now against these Rhinos. They’re not going to know what’s hit them. Even Mitch McConnell and you and I have discussed it, Mitch McConnell is coming out trying to act like he’s all for President Trump now, you know, because he sees, no matter the stuff that they’ve done, that they cannot take the party away from President Trump.
Barry Nussbaum: Well, let’s talk about the future. I mean, Trump all but said he’s running, but he didn’t say it. He’s a showman, and he knows how to set up the energy for the second or third, or fourth speech. Right?
Will Johnson: Uh-Huh.
Barry Nussbaum: But he mentioned that the first lady will be the first lady again. Which unless Melania is going to marry somebody else in the next couple of years, that means she’s coming with Donald Trump, right?
Will Johnson: Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. You know, there’s another scenario to this that’s been kind of like floating around. Now, I don’t know. Is this all speculation right now. But one is that President Trump will run for the House for the midterm and then go in.
And then, of course, they’re going to make him the House Leader. Then he is going to be there for those two years. And they’re going to be, “Oh, my goodness. Oh, my goodness.” They’re going to be like feeling this torment because he’s there.
If President Trump were to do that, I’m pretty sure no matter where he runs, he’s going to win. The people of this country, they are seeing what the left is doing. They’re seeing what the Democrats are doing. They’re going to- I truly believe that they’re going to lose overwhelmingly. Permitting that they can get fair and open elections.
Barry Nussbaum: Well, you know, one of the things he talked about, which I found and I’m sad to say this, is logical but completely out of the mainstream in regard to the Democrat Party is, he is talking about how you need an I.D. for everything except one thing, the most important thing, right?
Will Johnson: Yep.
Barry Nussbaum: The most important thing that you can do as a citizen of this country, Will Johnson, is vote. Under the new proposals, you can just show up and go, “Hi, I’m Will Johnson.”
Will Johnson: Yeah.
Barry Nussbaum: And you are the fourth Will Johnson that just showed up. You don’t need I.D., right? He’s talking about this new law where you just register and walk in and vote. You need an I.D. for everything, welfare, Social Security, driver’s license, getting on a plane, opening a bank account. Right?
Will Johnson: The liquor store.
Barry Nussbaum: Exactly. To buy a six-pack, you need an I.D. You know, and he had an interesting proposal that I’d never thought about, and I like it. I’ve only thought about it since the speech, but I want to get your take. He said we should have one day to vote. Like it used to be when we were kids, right?
And doesn’t that make logical sense? Unless your, God forbid, your invalid, you’re ill, you are overseas, you’re a soldier in uniform, other than that, get in your car and drive or get on the bus and wait in line for 20 minutes, and vote.
Will Johnson: But, you know, that’s the point. If you are overseas and in some other country, and you’re an American citizen, and you want to vote, you get an absentee ballot. But we all know that you have to have that in the mailbox at a certain amount of time.
You can’t do it a week later expecting it to get there, and then they count it. See, that’s what the Democrats are wanting. They’re even pushing legislation right now to have it to where they can count votes ten days after the election.
Barry Nussbaum: They just did that!
Will Johnson: I know.
Barry Nussbaum: That’s what just happened!
Will Johnson: Exactly, they want to make it permanent. So then that way they can see on Election Day if they are losing, “Oh, just bring in extra ballots. Then we can make sure.”
Barry Nussbaum: That’s what happened in Detroit and Pennsylvania and Arizona and Atlanta.
Will Johnson: Yes.
Barry Nussbaum: And everywhere.
Will Johnson: Yes, yes. Every vote everywhere they needed it.
Barry Nussbaum: Right. So, if you had to pick one issue, because he did an interesting review of the first month of the Biden administration. He talked about Middle East policy, where he made friends and peace, the likes of which the world has never seen.
He made trade deals with Canada and Mexico to get rid of NAFTA, which really was bad news for the United States. He put China in its place. He rolled out the COVID vaccine with Operation Warp Speed.
If you had to look at his review of Joe Biden’s first 30 days what was the strongest couple of arguments, you think are going to land on voters that Trump talked about?
Will Johnson: I think the biggest thing is that Biden is trying to take us to war. Biden has killed jobs. The XL pipeline killed thousands of jobs. On top of that, he’s helping the Taliban with their pipeline to help them get jobs.
So, President Trump has that too, you know, to throwback on them. As well as them teaching our children that at the age of three or indoctrinating them, that you don’t have to be the way God created you can be a girl if you’re a boy.
I love the fact that President Trump even brought up that women have no representation any longer and he said we need the champion for women because women need to have rights, which the left is taking away.
Barry Nussbaum: Well, I asked for one and you’ve just given me five. Will, let me ask you this because you didn’t mention it. I watched three networks after the show, after the speech, and they all mention the same thing. When Trump ran in 2016, Will, he talked about the southern border wall and the fact that our borders under Obama were wide open.
You could walk across the border. It’s a felony. You’re breaking into the United States, right? You’re a criminal. We hold you here. You apply for asylum. Then we go, “Okay, Mario, come back in three years, and we’re going to check you for your amnesty request.” Right?
Will Johnson: And yeah, in those three years.
Barry Nussbaum: Mario never comes back.
Will Johnson: I was going to say, yeah, in that three-year period, they’re going to run over probably 15 different Americans. And the Judge is like, “Oh, wait a minute, we’re waiting for his court date.”
Barry Nussbaum: Let me ask you a question. I heard three or four talking heads say that that’s going to be, if Trump makes it the issue again, the biggest issue that’s going to resonate with most middle Americans. Do you agree?
Will Johnson: I think many people will see that, and many people will agree to that. Mainly when we start seeing the crime increase, especially on the southern border, I have a colleague, Ben Bergman did an awesome report while he was down there; he actually went inside of some of these caves, exposing what the left does not want people to see.
Barry Nussbaum: Well, what’s your prediction? Yes or no? Will Johnson, on the last day of CPAC, does Donald Trump run for president for 2024?
Will Johnson: I mean, you know what? Personally, I think he let the cat out of the bag because he said, “We’re going to get another Republican to return to the White House.”
There were so many signals. Now he didn’t come out and necessarily say it. But he did emphasize that we have to fix this election because if we don’t fix the election, then it doesn’t matter if he runs or not because we’re going to lose because they’re going to do the same thing, they did this past election.
So that has to be resolved. I love the fact that he’s addressing that issue, and we have to. Because it doesn’t, like I said, it doesn’t matter after the point. But I really think, based on what he said, he let the cat out of the bag. Of course. Of course, as of right now, but we have to get that election system fixed.
Barry Nussbaum: Thank you, Will. I really appreciate it. All of us at ATP, you’ve done a fantastic job. Thanks for going to Florida for us. Thanks for your report. Some of your stuff is just like the Matt Gaetz thing is just amazing.
The editor of the Epic Times. Just amazing. The two fellows running for office that you did interviews with. Just amazing. We’re very proud of you. We’re very grateful for you coming on for us. Thank you so much, sir.
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