At the latest installment of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that was taking place this weekend, a protester interrupted the sprawling speech — which extended for over an hour and a half — from former President Donald Trump with a recording of the popular hip-hop song “Fuck Donald Trump.”
Although at least some of the audio of the event didn’t make it super clear what the demonstrator was playing, reports online, including from NewsNation journalist Jordan Clifford, indicated the details of the song. Clifford captured footage of what he identified as police escorting the protester from the premises after a predictably antagonistic reaction from the crowd, many of whom backed the ex-president, as the unsurprising results from a poll of preferences from attendees in the 2024 presidential race made clear. Clifford said that inside the event the song was loud enough that it was “audible on the former President’s microphone,” although Trump seemed to only briefly hesitate. Eventually, some of the attendees started chanting, “U-S-A!”
Meanwhile, attendance for Trump’s speech wasn’t overwhelming, although he predictably tried to tout the size of the crowd during his remarks. In reality, there were rows and rows towards the back of the room with many empty seats, as documented from sources including ABC, although the turnout for the marquee speech from the former commander-in-chief seemed at least somewhat higher than the crowds who were listening to speeches from Donald Trump Jr. and Nikki Haley, the latter of whom is allegedly running for president, although she seems suspiciously unwilling to directly criticize Trump, who she is actually challenging at this stage of the race. Haley, a former ambassador in the Trump administration and past governor of South Carolina, has instead focused on Biden, against whom she isn’t running at present. It seems unlikely her campaign will gain much traction, considering she’s still polling generally just in the single digits.
In remarks in and out of his speech at CPAC, Trump insisted a possible indictment wouldn’t compel him out of the 2024 race for president and spoke in predictably apocalyptic language about the contest, encouraging the same kind of delusional thinking that helped fuel the 2021 attack on the Capitol. “This is the final battle,” he told listeners. “They know it. I know it, you know it, and everybody knows it, this is it. Either they win or we win. And if they win, we no longer have a country.”
A heckler interrupted Trump’s CPAC speech blasting the song “Fuck Donald Trump” from speakers so loud it was audible on the former President’s microphone.
Police have escorted him off the premises. pic.twitter.com/GeD5usAPrk
— Jordan Clifford (@JCliff_Scoops) March 4, 2023
Someone in the crowd starts playing F*ck Donald Trump during his speech. pic.twitter.com/QRHM0eZNUI
— Republican Accountability (@AccountableGOP) March 4, 2023