President Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn received a standing ovation and cheers from a Republican audience Friday as he took the podium in support of California congressional candidate Omar Navarro.
The event marked Flynn's first public appearance since pleading guilty to lying to the FBI and cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.
Flynn made remarks and announced his endorsement of Navarro for Congress with the candidate and Joy Miedecke, the president of the East Valley Republican Women Federated -- the organization that hosted Friday night's event in La Quinta, California.
"What I'm not here to do is complain about who has done me wrong, or how unfair I've been treated, or how unfair the entire process has been -- it is what it is, and my previous statements stand for themselves," Flynn told the small group of attendees. "I'm here to talk about the future -- your future, our future, the future of this country. If you feel passionate about something, and feeling sorry for yourself will keep you from achieving that destiny, then I can't be a part of that. That's partly why I'm here today, because I saw that passion in the eyes of Omar."
Despite everything that has transpired since he left the White House, Flynn spoke in support of President Trump:
"I got involved in the national political process of our country to help our president get elected. All of us are imperfect. I used to introduce our current president -- then presidential candidate Trump -- during our various campaign appearances as an imperfect candidate. I mean, clearly he is a non-traditional politician. But his "Make America Great Again" philosophy energized the country enough to get him overwhelmingly elected. Whether we like it or not, that's what happened."
But Flynn directed far less positivity toward Democrats, criticizing such labels as liberal, left and progressive and his perception of the Democratic worldview:
"It's a dangerous thing to put these labels on something to make it sound cool, but it really isn't. It really isn't," Flynn said. "My judgment, they have trained a generation of young people to remain poor while blaming the rich, and to remain obsessed over the past while blaming those of us who are optimistic for the future. Blame, blame, blame. What a miserable existence. I don't know how you can get up everyday and feel that way. God, it's like, quit whining."