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Trump plays his greatest hits in CPAC speech

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President Trump took full advantage of a boisterous, supportive crowd during his morning speech at CPAC. He chose to return to his campaign trail rhetoric — including a full reading of his favorite immigration allegory, "The Snake" — and prompted the room to break into familiar chants of "lock her up!" and "build the wall!" He clearly relished the environment, asking the crowd at one point if he could "go off script a bit" because the text in his teleprompter was "boring."

Why it matters: The 77-minute speech was pure fuel for Trump's base, even if it likely came off as overlong and overstuffed to anyone else listening. But that almost certainly doesn't matter to Trump — who clearly was having a great deal of fun — as he tried to fire up his GOP crowd to vote in the 2018 midterms, warning of the dangers of complacency.