President Trump urges conservatives to stay motivated for 2018 midterms

OXON HILL, MD (Gray DC) -- President Donald Trump is urging conservative voters maintain the enthusiasm that helped him win in 2016.

Friday, Trump spoke at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, the largest gathering of conservative activists and voters.

Trump told the crowd, “We have to fight in ’18 like never before.”

Traditionally, the president's party fairs poorly in midterm elections, often losing congressional seats.

Trump used that fact to create a sense of urgency among supporters. He said, “Historically, if you win the presidency, you don’t do well two years later. And you know what, we can’t let that happen.”

CPAC organizers says Trump's Friday speech was the most attended event in CPAC's more than 30 year history. It's also the second consecutive year Trump has made a CPAC speech as president.

The Democratic National Committee tried to counter Trump's message Friday afternoon.

Sabrina Singh, the DNC's deputy communications director, said, "The historic legislative flips are proof that Democrats have the momentum we need to flip even more seats this November because when Democrats organize and mobilize early – we win.”

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