CPAC 2021: Romney and McConnell Still Hate Trump
Barry Nussbaum: Hello and welcome to ATP Report. I've got some very big news for you. Our favorite correspondent in the entire country, Will Johnson, is at CPAC in Florida.
Will is going to give us a preview of what we are going to expect from the conservative movement over the next three days. Will, thank you so much for staying up in the wee hours of Friday to talk to us, and welcome back to ATP Report, my friend.
Will Johnson: Glad to be here.
Barry Nussbaum: Let's kick it off with what everybody is talking about all over the country. President Trump is going to have his well, his coming out party post-1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Two people that you would think would never endorse this man no matter who was running, I am speaking specifically about the esteemed GOP senators from Utah and Kentucky being McConnell and Romney.
They have both come out and said if President Trump decides to run in 2024, he will be the nominee. What are your thoughts on that? I thought these guys hated Donald Trump.
Will Johnson: They do hate President Trump. The only reason why they're saying that is because they're trying to rally people up that still support President Trump to get their support. That's all that's about. To get funding from those people because they're going to do the same thing again. They are going to, the first opportunity that comes up.
They are going to stab President Trump in the back. President Trump campaigned for these people. President Trump spoke up for these people. People voted for them because of what President Trump was saying about them, and then they turned right around and stabbed him in the back.
They're doing the same thing right now, and they expect us to, like, just forget about it. Like it never even happened.
Barry Nussbaum: Well, I find it astounding. Will, because, I mean, these guys wanted Trump to go down. Let's not forget, Romney voted for impeachment again.
Will Johnson: Yes. Yes.
Barry Nussbaum: Unbelievable.
Will Johnson: He voted for it the second time, absolutely. You know what? They wanted to remove President Trump because they kept hearing the liberal media and even some of the established conservative Republicans, rather, saying that this party is no longer the same, Republican Party. It's the party of Trump. They wanted to remove Trump and get Trump out of the way so they can get their party back.
Barry Nussbaum: I don't think it's going to happen, buddy. I really, really don't. How popular is Trump in Florida among the rest of the CPAC conventioneers?
Will Johnson: Oh, you know what? I think I would have to say ninety-five percent, and that's a low number. Ninety-five percent of the people that are here, they are here because of President Trump. Not because of Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Liz Cheney, Mitt Romney, not because of them and not because of these 10 Republicans that voted to impeach President Trump.
They are here because of President Trump. When he made the announcement that he's going to be here Sunday, it went wild. Now it went so far that Twitter, if you go to Twitter right now and see any links from CPAC, Twitter has made it to where that link does not work. That's how much they're trying to prevent people from seeing what's happening here.
Barry Nussbaum: Well, what is it that people are looking to get out of CPAC besides Trump on Sunday?
Will Johnson: Well, I talked to a couple of people, and they said the main reason they're here at CPAC is to coordinate and to make connections with other like-minded people. That was overwhelmingly the answer that I received.
They just want to make connections and talk to people and not have to worry about Antifa, BLM, and the Socialist Communists attacking them for not agreeing with them. We are here with like-minded people.
Barry Nussbaum: Well, tell me this. In terms of the speakers that are going to be on the podium, we know Trump is going to be the monster draw, and that's going to be Sunday. Who are people the most excited to hear from? Like whom is Will Johnson excited to hear?
Will Johnson: Well, you know, I do like Matt Gaetz. I have to tell you. I do like him. I want to hear Governor DeSantis. I want to hear what he has to say. The governor of Florida. I want to hear what he has to say.
But the rest of them, you know, I kind of got a general idea of what they're going to say about the Democrats and what we need to do. My biggest thing is, is listening to what the people have to say.
Barry Nussbaum: Got it, so by Sunday, as you said, and I believe you because you've got your finger on this pulse, Will. Trump is the man. If he wants to be the man. I'm going to ask you two things. These are predictions before it has started.
I mean, you're obviously there. You've been around the buzz. You're getting a feel, the vibe in the audience, so to speak. Number one question. Does the GOP leave Florida Sunday night, Monday morning, unified?
Will Johnson: That is a good question. Maybe not the GOP, but maybe the GNP. A brand-new party because the Grand Old Party is old. It needs to go away. It needs to be changed. The Democrats changed their party. It is now the Democrat Socialist Party or the Democrat Socialist Communist Party. We need to change the GOP.
That is what Mitt Romney, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, the whole lot of them, they are upset because the party is changing and it's changing for the better. It would have been in their interest to still stick with President Trump.
To stand up for President Trump. But they didn't realize it. They thought that making a deal with the devil that they were going to get something out of it, and they are getting just the opposite. They didn't realize.
Barry Nussbaum: Well, all right. I appreciate that, and in that sense, I agree with everything you just said. Here's the big one. Does the party leave Florida united by behind Trump until 2024 with him on the top of the ticket? What's your prediction?
Will Johnson: I do believe that if President Trump, come Sunday, could make an announcement that he's going to run in 2024, but I'll be honest with you, I don't know. I don't think that he actually will make that announcement now. I think it will happen after the midterm election. But let's say after Sunday, he's going to see how many people want him to continue.
He's going to see that. I think this is part of that, for him to come and see for himself how the people react. Do they still want him? After, you know, because a lot of people think that he gave up and it looks that way. Just to be honest.
Because he had an opportunity to call martial law when they broke the law by going against the U.S. Constitution. By going to these judges, going around the legislators. They completely violated the U.S. Constitution. He could have within his authority called martial law.
I wish he would have and just let whatever the outcome of that taking place would have been. Let it happen. But it didn't happen because now we have a coup d’état under the cloak of an election that took place in the United States of America, and they removed President Trump.
So, I think the country, the Republicans, they're going to remain unified behind Trump even through all of that. I still think that. I think after this Sunday, President Trump is going to, he's probably is going weigh should he continued. That's just my opinion. But we'll see.
Barry Nussbaum: We're very, very appreciative of you staying up all night to be on the air with us live from CPAC. Will you come back every day and give us highlights, please?
Will Johnson: Oh, absolutely. Absolutely I would love to.
Barry Nussbaum: We'd love to have you and we're very appreciative. You don't even look tired, my friend. I can't believe it. You've been traveling all across the country. It's the middle of the night, and you're on TV with ATP, and we sure appreciate it. From all of ATP, we thank you!
Will Johnson: Thank you. I'm glad to be here, and I think we all have to engage in this fight. We can sleep, we can rest when it's all over.
Barry Nussbaum: Right on. For those of you out there in ATP land that want to see more of Will Johnson, all you have to do is take out your cell phone, text the word TRUTH to 88202 and we will sign you up. You get all of our stuff on your cell phone for free.
We never charge for content. Thanks, Will. We'll see you tomorrow. Thank you for joining us on ATP Report. I'm Barry Nussbaum.