The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) enters its fourth day on Sunday with attendees gearing up for the culmination when it is rumoured Donald Trump could announce a 2024 presidential run.
During his speech, the former US leader is expected to declare himself the future of the GOP, according to Reuters.
“I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we began together four years ago is far from over,” Mr Trump is expected to say in an excerpt of his speech published by the press agency.
Speaking at CPAC on Sunday, former Trump economic adviser and news commentator Larry Kudlow already hailed the former president as “the boss” of the party.
President Joe Biden has said he will not be paying attention to his predecessor’s speech in Orlando, Florida.
CPAC straw poll suggests 7 out of 10 respondents want Trump to run again in 2024
According to the results of a straw poll conducted by The Washington Times at CPAC, 7 out of 10 respondents want Donald Trump to run for the presidency again in 2024. Mr Trump’s pollster, Jim McLaughlin, read the results of the poll during the conference.
According to the poll, which measured responses of CPAC attendees, 55 per cent of respondents selected Mr Trump as their preferred candidate from a list of potential 2024 candidates. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis came in second at 21 per cent. CPAC was held this year at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Florida.
Mr Trump also received a 97 per cent approval rating from the respondents. Mr McLaughlin was asked what he would take away from the results of the poll.
“The make america great again movement is the conservative movement,” he said.
Congressman Jim Jordan said Trump is leader of conservative movement and supports 2024 run
Congressman Jim Jordan said he looks forward to Donald Trump running again in 2024. Mr Jordan said Mr Trump was the leader of the conservative movement, the Republican party, and that he looks forward to celebrating his second electoral victory on Jan 21, 2024. Mr Trump has not officially announced a second run. Mr Jordan’s comments were meant with rapturous applause and chants of “USA.”
CPAC uses “Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire” analogy to describe different types of Black conservatives
Shemeka Michelle, a Black conservative commentator, spoke on a CPAC panel discussing race representation within the Republican party, and used a “Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire” analogy to explain why she believed the party needed to embrace different types of Black conservatives. “Carlton could go to Bel-Aire and talk to the people of Bel-Aire all day long, but you could not send Carlton to Philly to talk to those people. You would have had to send Will to talk to the people who had the same life experiences that Will had, so when it comes to being conservative, stop propping up Carlton Banks thinking Carlton is going to be the one who’ll be able to communicate with the Wills of the conservative party,” she said. “You’re going to have to prop up the Wills so they can speak the language the people understand and share experiences with.”
Trump supporters gather in Orlando ahead of the former president’s first public speech since leaving office
Supporters of former President Donald Trump are gathering outside the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Florida – the site of CPAC – ahead of his scheduled speech later today. Aerial footage of the event captured by local news outlet WESH 2 captured a group of individuals gathering on the sidewalks outside of CPAC, flying a variety of flags, including Trump flags.
Another video showed a field of Trump supporters flying flags and gathered in Trump apparel waving flags as they awaited the former president’s arrival.
Sen Rick Scott says Republican party is “voters’” party, not Trump’s
Sen. Rick Scott appeared on Fox News to discuss the future of the Republican party and declined to say that the party was Donald Trump’s.
Mr Wallace asked Mr Scott if the Republican party is “still Donald Trump’s party.” Mr Scott said “it’s the voters’ party” and that it “always has been.” The senator’s comments directly oppose the claim made by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who said the party belonged to Mr Trump. Mr Scott has been adamantly claiming that there is no civil war within the Republican party, despite current inter-party fighting over Mr Trump’s role in the future of the nation’s conservative politics.
CPAC organisers deny stage was designed to look like Nazi symbol
Matt Schlapp, the president of the American Conservative Union and organiser of CPAC denied allegations that the stage was designed to resemble a Nordic rune that was used by Nazi’s during World War II.
“Stage design conspiracies are outrageous and slanderous. We have a long standing commitment to the Jewish community. Cancel culture extremists must address antisemitism within their own ranks. CPAC proudly stands with our Jewish allies, including those speaking from this stage,” Mr Schlapp wrote in a tweet. The theory circulated on Twitter when users noticed the similarity between the stage’s design and the symbol.
Hyatt Hotels responds to critics saying they should not have hosted CPAC
Hyatt Hotels issued a statement responding to criticism from liberals for hosting CPAC.
“We take pride in operating a highly inclusive environment and we believe that the facilitation of gatherings is a central element of what we do as a hospitality company,” a Hyatt spokesperson told Fox News.
“We believe in the right of individuals and organizations to peacefully express their views, independent of the degree to which the perspectives of those hosting meetings and events at our hotels align with ours,” the spokesperson said. “Our own values support a culture that is characterized by empathy, respect and diversity of opinions and backgrounds, and we strive to bring this to light through what we do and how we engage with those in our care.”
Dr Fauci replies to Kristi Noem’s pandemic comments
South Dakota Gov Kristi Noem attacked Dr Anthony Fauci at CPAC on Saturday as she defended her state’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I don’t know if you agree with me, but Dr Fauci is wrong a lot,” Noem said to applause from the crowd.Dr Fauci appeared on Face the Nation Sunday and responded to the comments.
“It’s unfortunate, but it is not really helpful … just take a look at the numbers. They don’t lie,” Dr Fauci said.
NRA vice president speaks despite organisation’s inability to sponsor the event
Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association spoke during CPAC, where he used his platform to scaremonger about guns and complain that disparate institutions – the media, the government, big tech – were working together to strip Americans of their Second Amendment rights.
The NRA has sponsored CPAC since 1997, but a recent financial scandal at the gun rights organisation has left it in bankruptcy court. Prosecutors in New York sued the NRA and launched an investigation into its books after claiming the organisation was rife with fraud.
The NRA declared bankruptcy and will try to reorganize in Texas.