Local conservative radio talk-show host Joe Messina attended last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., and heard most of President Donald Trump’s more-than-two-hour speech.
Messina was there as host of his show, “The Real Side.” He said he attends every year and interviews a wide variety of people.
But it was Trump’s two-hour, 18-minute speech that caught the most attention. Late-night hosts lampooned the president for hugging the flag and for rambling on. In the context of the speech, Messina didn’t have a problem with the flag hugging.
“He talks about loving America,” Messina said. “You can’t hug the country. Why not hug the flag? I don’t see why it’s a big deal.”
Messina said Trump also spoke about former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, saying Ryan was always more moderate than conservative. Messina said Trump’s swipes at Ryan were “well deserved.”
Messina said Trump missed an opportunity to reach out to the vast numbers of young people who attended. As he recalled, Trump encouraged people to elect “people that love this country and want to work with us,” but Messina said he thought Trump could have hammered that point home a bit better to the youth.