Speed Reads

CPAC 2019

'My pronouns are USA' and more actual quotes from CPAC 2019

It's been a wild year at the Conservative Political Action Conference so far, one characterized both by serious discussions about the conservative movement and important policy issues, as well as passionate speeches about hamburgers.

Here are some of the most notable (and, in some cases, deeply weird) moments from the event so far:

1. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) seemed to call for the assassination of Kim Jong Un in a speech, saying that North Korea's leader "couldn't be here" and "if he doesn't get a deal with Trump, "he won't be anywhere much longer."

2. "They want to take away your hamburgers," former Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka said of Democrats. "This is what Stalin dreamt about but never achieved."

3. Donald Trump Jr. cracked an odd joke about #MeToo in a panel discussion making fun of transgender people. After one panelist said she was raising her daughter "as a girl" and is "not letting her have a choice," Jerry Falwell Jr. said this isn't necessary because "she's just got a little baby doll right under her arm," also saying that his boys "always had guns in their hands." This prompted Trump Jr. to add, "#MeToo."

4. "You just let Alexandria [Ocasio] Cortez show up at my house and try to take my cows away," Falwell said during this same panel, with Trump Jr. replying, "I love cows, Jerry. They're delicious."

5. Trump Jr. isn't the only one who loves cows. "Let me say," said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), "I support cows."

6. After declaring that her "pronouns are U-S-A," conservative commentator Michelle Malkin went after former House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-S.C.), the Bush family, and "the ghost of John McCain." It went over very well. Brendan Morrow