This Saturday, despite Donald Trump’s support for tax hikes, eminent domain abuse and the Kelo decision, massive tariffs on imported goods, Planned Parenthood, abortion including partial-birth abortion, restricting Second Amendment rights, treating people who seek the destruction of the state of Israel on an equal footing with Israel, creation of citizen databases, restricting First Amendment rights to limit bad press for himself, green energy mandates, and maintaining bankruptcy-bound entitlement programs exactly as they are, and Trump's repeated refusal to disavow white supremacists backing his campaign including David Duke and the KKK, Donald Trump is slated to speak at CPAC.
Yes. The organization that did not host Chris Christie or John McCain because they were too “liberal”— and objectively while they certainly are, they are still demonstrably to the right of Trump on several issues— has decided to give Trump a platform to speak.
According to CPAC’s Matt Schlapp, this is because, well, we should beat overtly liberal candidates endorsed by the freaking KKK at the polls, as opposed to denying them an opportunity to speak at a gathering inherently connected in people’s minds with the legacy of Ronald Reagan.
In doing this, Schlapp, CPAC and the American Conservative Union’s board are apparently intent on (further) destroying their own reputations, that of the entire conservative movement, and indeed the Republican Party, and making CPAC more of a laughable farce than it has already become in some people’s eyes. One can only conjecture that if Bernie Sanders had made the decision to run as a Republican, they’d be giving him stage time and the “conservative” stamp that goes with speaking at CPAC, too. (Though to Sanders’ credit, he hasn’t been endorsed by the KKK, so there’s that nugget still to be grappled with).
We need to tell Matt Schlapp and the ACU Board to disinvite Trump now. Make America Awesome has a petition up, which you can sign to do this It will be emailed directly to Schlapp and ACU once you hit “submit." Obviously, they’re not getting the message as it stands that having a super-big-government guy endorsed by the KKK and David Duke speak at their conference is beyond the pale, so perhaps a few hundred— or a few thousand— emails will do the trick.