Sen. Rick Scott Warns of the Dangers of Progressive Republicans During CPAC Address

Sen. Rick Scott Warns of the Dangers of Progressive Republicans During CPAC Address
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, on May 26, 2021. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Savannah Hulsey Pointer

Senator Rick Scott has told the Conservative Political Action Committee's (CPAC) 2023 conference in Washington, on March 2, that America is being destroyed by various entities.

Those Scott pointed the finger at included President Joe Biden, the U.S. Senate, the news media, the Democrat Party, academia, Hollywood, and Wall Street.

He argued that while these groups are destroying the country, it is up to Americans to take it back by being aware of their actions.

The senator cited several examples of what he sees as destructive actions.

They include teaching children that the country was founded on bad principles and is bad, using the Department of Justice to target political advocates, and teaching young children about progressive gender ideology.

Lengthy List of Criticisms

Scott criticized the military's focus on pronouns, leaving Afghanistan, leaving arms to enemies, increasing debt; opening borders to criminals and drug runners; and bringing socialism into the United States.

Some politicians who say they are on the GOP side are also destroying the country, he said.

Scott then turned his attention to the Republican Party, specifically the old Republican establishment.

He noted that some of its leaders need to remember why they came to Washington—and they have to forget what they ran on in the interest of fitting in and being accepted in Washington.

These are the Republicans that progressive outlets like The New York Times call "responsible Republicans," he said and argued that they give Democrats just enough assistance to pass progressive legislation.

Scott also emphasized the importance of renewing the country's culture and moral health bringing back things like respecting the American flag, singing the national anthem, respecting God, and the force of good in human history—the American family.

He said that there is nothing to bring Americans together without strong families.

His Challenge the Beginning

Last fall, Scott committed what he called the unpardonable sin in Washington by challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to become the leader of the Senate.

According to the Florida legislator, everyone in Washington said he was nuts, but Scott believes that his challenge was not the end of something but the beginning of something.

"I might be [nuts], but we cannot put up with his BS anymore," Scott said. "I'm seeking to become the least popular person in Washington, and I'm happy to report that I'm making a lot of progress."

The senator said he has received criticism from Biden, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

Additionally, many advised him to apologize for attempting to take McConnell's position as the Republican head of the Senate.

Scott responded to those recommendations by saying, "In the infamous words of Conner McGregor, 'I'd like to apologize to absolutely nobody.'

"My message to you is this," Scott went on.

Reversing the Decline

"These people in Washington who don't like me, they're not very fond of you either. So let's go."

According to Scott, his challenge to McConnell was the beginning of taking the country back, and he believes the best days are not behind the nation.

He said Americans can turn the country around by reversing the decline, restoring economic health, defeating homegrown socialism, and building an open economy that creates new jobs.

Scott concluded by saying that the United States can win over China, renew America's ability to lead, and defeat every tyrant in the world, saying the greatest way to have peace is to have a strong America.

It's time for a change within the Republican party and Scott called on the audience to let it "begin with us."

His message ended on a hopeful note saying, "It's always morning in America."