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We asked conservatives what they think is the best and worst part of Trump's presidency


Donald Trump took to the podium this week to speak for the second time since the 2016 election at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to a massive crowd this week.

Thousands of conservatives traveled from all over the country to hear Trump speak at the conference. They've now had a little over a year to observe Trump in the White House, so we decided to ask conservatives what they think have been the best and worst parts of Trump's presidency.

Many said they were excited about the amount of campaign promises Trump was able to fulfill in his first year.

"I think the best part is that he has actually surprised everyone. I think he has, whether you like his policies or not, I think he has really surprised people with what he's done in the past yea," said 24-year-old Western Carolina University student Garrett Smith.

"They have really made sure to deliver as many of their promises as they can," said McKenley Webb, 18.

For many, the biggest of those accomplishments was the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

"I think the tax cut is goo," said one man dressed as George Washington at CPAC.

"It’s not all that I wanted, I led one revolution against high taxes so I’m glad he’s doing a little bit of a tax cut there too," the Washington impersonator added.

Other top accomplishments conservatives listed were deregulating businesses, a drop in the number of illegal immigrants entering the country and making America more energy independent by green lighting the controversial Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines.

John Bloom, an organizer for the Constitution Party of Virginia, said he left the Republican party after Trump because the nominee in 2016. But he admitted that he was happy about Justice Neil Gorsuch's nomination and confirmation to the Supreme Court and Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Deal.

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The worst part of Trump's presidency? "The lies," Bloom, 55 said.

"What do you get when you cross a pathological liar with a former FBI director? A perjury trial, of course," Bloom said, referring to the ongoing special investigation into possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.

"The worst is the negative light that has been shed on the administration because of the Russia probes," Webb said.

"Obviously people who were part of his campaign have been charged for being involved and people are blaming Trump for that but I don’t really think that’s something you should blame Trump for because he’s human and he can only see what you and I would see," she said.

Many said the negative media coverage of Trump has been the worst part of his presidency.

"I think the worst part would be just the sheer disrespect that he has gotten. Presidents in the past have always had their unpopularity," Smith said. "I never saw either Bush or Obama be as disrespected as Trump is
The other thing conservatives said they didn't like in Trump's first year was his controversial tweets."

"They’re getting old," Aimee Pearson, 67, said of the media. "Half truths and flat out lies a lot of times. I’ve been there for the event and then it’s reported differently."

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Much of the negative coverage surrounding Trump's presidency has stemmed from his controversial tweets, and several conservatives at CPAC said his social media has been the worst part of his presidency.

"His Twitter feed has got to go," said Chandler Reece, 19, a student at Western Carolina University.

Reece said although he didn't mind some of Trump's tweets, citing one where he called North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jung Un "rocket man," but said others have done damage to the conservative movement.

"Obviously the Twitter account," said Bradley Aldridge, 22. "Sometimes he occasionally makes some comments that stir things up, but he’s a package deal. People need to realize that in order to get a fighter, sometimes they need a fighter in other ways."

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