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Trump Just Delivered A Speech Transporting Us All Back To 2016

The president broke out his greatest campaign hits and audience members chanted "Lock her up" at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The Rolling Stones played him off.

Posted on February 23, 2018, at 1:42 p.m. ET

President Trump on Friday gave a speech at CPAC, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

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And a lot of it seemed very... how would you say... familiar.

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Like circa 2016 presidential campaign familiar, when Trump would go off-script, unpredictably rambling and riffing at his campaign rallies.

Trump in Biloxi
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Trump in Biloxi

On Friday, Trump entered to Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA."

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Just like 2016.

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He promptly played to the crowd, getting into some preening.

Trump looks at his image and says "I would love to watch that guy speak," preens for the crowd, and says, "I try li… https://t.co/8iijaVWyCA

And some boasting.

"My administration I think has had the most successful first year in the history of the presidency," says… https://t.co/xpyzlUK5Ca

And flexing.

.@realDonaldTrump flexing at #CPAC2018! #CPAC #ATimeForAction

"The wall" got a shout-out, of course. The crowd went wild.

Trump: "A strong nation must have strong borders." The CPAC crowd erupts into a chant: "Build the wall! Build the w… https://t.co/G2lN5QXe4x

Just like in 2016.

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At one point, when he called Hillary Clinton a "crooked candidate," the crowd broke into a "Lock her up!" chant.

"Lock her up!" chant at CPAC. We are officially back in 2016.

Just like in 2016.

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And of course, he recited the lyrics of his favorite song, "The Snake" — which he uses as an allegory for immigration.

.@realDonaldTrump reads "The Snake" poem #CPAC2018 #CPAC #ATimeForAction #Immigration

Just like 2016.

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And exited to the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want."

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Juuust like in 2016.

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