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Trump Rides the Wave of GOP Love at CPAC

Meanwhile, Heartlanders have a few things to say about name changes and cyber-attacks.

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Former President Donald Trump was in all his glory at the Conservative Political Action Conference this week as he aced his highly anticipated keynote at Saturday’s lunch. The speech encouraging his faithful followers came just in time, as Americans were rattled when alerted to a nationwide cell phone outage, which interrupted the news on X that Malia Obama was now using a new professional name. There were so many replies at the ready – but alas, no ability to follow through.

Trump Rallies Conservatives

It was no secret that the world’s most influential conservatives made no room for a Trump challenger. Seeing that there is only one remaining thorn in his side and no real internal threat, conference goers were near giddy with praise for number 45.

As Liberty Nation reported earlier in the week:

“The speaker list reads like a top-40 global political pop chart: former Brexit leader Nigel Farage, Argentine President Javier Milei, President Nayib Bukele of El Salvador, and Walk Away founder Brandon Straka. Sprinkle in notable American conservative politicians, former Trump primary adversaries, and former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), and you have a recipe for an emerging presidential running mate.”

Trump took the event stage while thanking everyone he could find without calling out the dearly departed or shaking hands with invisible people. He laid out his plan to retake America, including the protection of Christianity, reinforced borders, education, and the economy. Thousands of live-streamed comments flooded the field, but one stood out from Carol Orloski in Dayton, Ohio: “Mr. President Trump, I hope you learned that you can’t trust people who hate you. Get people around you who will be your helpers.”

Hello? Can You Hear Me Now?

For the first time in decades, landlines were sorely missed. On February 22, major provider AT&T took a nap, leaving many customers unable to view TikTok, call 911, swipe left or right, or do much of anything on their cell phones. Panic emanating from work desktops freaked out the masses, and conspiracy theories were born. The disruption at AT&T was probably (no one is being definitive) caused by “the application & execution of an incorrect process” during routine upgrades.

The Federal Communications Commission also rushed to assure folks that America was not under attack by the Red Scourge: “We are aware of the reported wireless outages, and our Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau is actively investigating. We are in touch with AT&T, public safety authorities, including FirstNet, as well as other providers.” The FBI also saw a way to be in the news again and had a spokesperson relaying how they would stop the bad guys – in government speak, of course: “Should we learn of any malicious activity we will respond accordingly.”

Bill Rhew down in Georgia did not buy the massive response obviously intended to make folks feel safe: “It is impossible for me to believe anything that I read, hear or see now. Yesterday, I read that it was a cyber-attack, then it was sunspots and now it was said to be caused by an ‘incorrect process.’ I might as well ask my cats what they think happened.” It might not surprise readers that a lot of folks think cats are more honest than our government.

But then along came Ray Brown in Kokomo, Indiana, and he went there: “You really think that Citizens of the United States believe that this was not a cyber-attack? Do you really think that we are stupid? AT&T, you have to learn reality and not cover up acts.” Yeah, he wasn’t done, and he got the whole thread looking over their collective shoulders with this statement: “Also, on a similar subject, what about the balloon floating close to our farmland?” Everyone went down that rabbit hole in Kokomo.

Obama Gen 2

Former first daughter Malia Obama decided to change her professional name, and everyone on the left and right lost their minds. The announcement came after her red-carpet debut as a director at the Sundance Film Festival for the short film titled The Heart. She now goes by Malia Ann. And no one knows why. “The movie got crap reviews,” wrote Joyce Jensen Laws in Houston, Texas. “She never would have made it this far without the Obama name.”

In Champaign, Illinois, Nicole Proch had to ask: “I’m confused. If she’s announcing her stage name so people know it’s her, what is the point of a stage name?” And therein lies the rub.

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