By Newsweek. The 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference, which kicks off Thursday, appears to remain aligned behind Donald Trump, even as leading Republicans have condemned and clashed publicly with the former president.
The roster of speakers for CPAC 2021 features Trump—who will deliver his first big speech since leaving the White House—and a slate of other politicians and pundits who are supportive of him. Although analysts have described tensions within the Republican Party as a “civil war,” Trump’s GOP critics won’t be given a platform to share their perspective during the event, which takes place in Orlando, Florida, from February 25 to 28.
Mike Pompeo, who served as Trump’s secretary of state; Ben Carson, who served as secretary of housing and urban development; and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the former White House press secretary now vying to become the next Arkansas governor, are set to speak at the event along with a number of other former Trump administration officials. Additionally, pro-Trump politicians including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs are set to address the attendees. The former president’s son—Donald Trump Jr.—will speak as well. Notably, former Vice President Mike Pence, who’s been a hit at CPAC the past three years, reportedly declined an invitation to speak.
Last year, Senator Mitt Romney, a Utah Republican, was told publicly not to attend the event—despite previously winning CPAC’s presidential straw poll on four occasions. But Romney became a persona non grata after his criticism of Trump during his first Senate impeachment trial in 2020, in which the Utah Republican voted with Democrats to convict the former president. Rejecting Romney again this year, CPAC has instead fully embraced Trump—as have most conservative voters. (Read more from “Trump-Friendly CPAC 2021 Speaker Lineup Shows Little Sign of GOP Civil War” HERE)
Mike Pence Declines Invite to CPAC Event Where Donald Trump Will Speak
By Newsweek. Former vice president Mike Pence reportedly declined an invitation to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where former president Donald Trump will be making his first major public appearance since leaving the White House.
The conference will be held in Orlando, Florida from February 25 to February 28. Trump will make a speech in the afternoon on the final day of the conference, according to a schedule posted on CPAC’s website.
Several former Trump administration officials will also speak at the event, including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Other staunch allies of the former president who will be guest speakers include Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem. (Read more from “Trump-Friendly CPAC 2021 Speaker Lineup Shows Little Sign of GOP Civil War” HERE)