Former Sen. Jim DeMint called for members of the audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to put pressure on Republican leadership to follow through with conservative policy pledges Thursday morning.
DeMint relied on his expereince as a former lawmaker to tell members of the audience at the Gaylord National Convention Center that pollsters, consultants, and other interest groups are working hard to convince members of Republican leadership that it’s in their best interest to not follow through on key promises that President Donald Trump made on the campaign trail.
“Washington is extremely good at lowering expectations,” DeMint told the audience. “People are telling Republicans not to keep their promises. They are saying Republicans shouldn’t overreach, that politics is the art of the possible. Politics is the protector of the status quo.”
“You can’t build a wall to control the borders, you have to give amnesty. You can’t repeal Obamacare. You can’t ever balance the budget, and you must reopen the export-import bank,” DeMint continued, listing all of the potential issues Republicans could lower expectations about.
“America is worth fighting for, that’s why we are here,” DeMint continued, urging members of the crowd to not relent in their push for conservative ideals. “Freedom is worth fighting for, our traditional values are worth fighting for. These conservative ideas make America great and make life better for everyone.”
“We will always have to fight.”
President Donald Trump campaigned heavily on enhanced border security, as well as his opposition to Obamacare, promising to replace the healthcare law with a “better law” consistently throughout the campaign.
Republican leaders claim that it could take as long as a year to get a replacement prepared and passed, but Trump continues to put pressure on Congress to ensure that a replacement is expedited.
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