Conservatives across the country were either watching or following the events at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, in Orlando earlier this weekend. Many of the popular names among conservatives were on hand to speak and share their insights into the state of conservative values and the conservative mission as we advance amid a Biden presidency.
President Trump headlined the event, speaking on Sunday in his first post-presidency event. While the mainstream media and everyone was glued on the potential statements by President Trump, there were a few things that we could learn from CPAC that we can take into account moving forward.
The first is that President Trump is the leader of the conservative movement and the GOP. There’s no doubt that this frustrates establishment Republicans as they have each said that there must be a move to get the party away from President Trump. Which is simply not going to happen anytime soon.
The annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll conducted at the event clearly shows former President Trump still has dedicated supporters. He won with over 55% of the support and most likely would have won by a more considerable margin had he already announced he would seek the presidency again in 2024. As other Republicans jockey for position behind him, very few doubt he will be the nominee. Of those asked, 68% said that they wanted him to run again in 2024.
Another critical measure at the event was Trump’s approval rating, which was measured at 97%. While some have tried to argue that conservatives are frustrated with Trump, it is clear this is just another lie of the mainstream media.
Establishment Republicans and the media are not content that President Trump has been willing to stand up against them. It probably is also telling since many of those considered establishment were not invited to the CPAC event.
CPAC revealed favorites among the Republican party if President Trump chose not to run in 2024; South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and Florida Gov. DeSantis won the poll taken without Trump in it and was second right behind President Trump. Noem was behind DeSantis in both polls.
Both DeSantis and Noem delivered quality remarks at the CPAC event and have been clear leaders among the coronavirus pandemic. Both have been supportive of former President Trump and could be considered potential running mates if he wanted to run. It could also prove a powerful ticket for conservatives against Biden if Trump decided not to run.
While many establishment Republicans have said that the event was disappointing, it was anything but disappointing. CPAC has proven, without a doubt, that the party’s alignment stands with Trump. I would expect Trump to be more vocal in the coming days as he continues to counterattack Biden and the radical agenda of the Left.
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