Watch CPAC Update: DeSantis, Cruz headline and speakers praise Trump
|ORLANDO, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 26: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 26, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Begun in 1974, CPAC brings together conservative organizations, activists, and world leaders to discuss issues important to them. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)|
What is new on CPAC Day 2
It is day two of the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, and there are a lot of bigwigs in Orlando, from Governor Ron DeSantis to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. The governor welcomed everybody to town by highlighting the state's lacks COVID restrictions.
High-profile conservatives are now taking the stage at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida. The conference runs though Sunday.
Throughout the day on Friday, speakers characterized the coronavirus — which continues to claim more than 2,000 lives each day in the US — as something that only liberal wimps worry about or, more nefariously, as little more than a pretext Democratic public officials have used to shut down businesses and schools.
This type of rhetoric might seem absurd to people who take science and public health seriously, but it doesn’t to CPAC attendees.
One of the most memorable scenes from Friday’s festivities came early on, when event officials had to take to the stage and beg people to respect “private property rights” and “the rule of law” by wearing masks while walking around the hotel where the conference is being held. Unhappy attendees responded by booing and yelling “freedom!”
Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, James Lankford, R-Okla, Ted Cruz R-Texas, and Rick Scott R-Fla. are among the many speakers on Friday. Others include Florida Gov. Ron Desantis, former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and Donald Trump Jr.
Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak on Sunday, his first public remarks since Inauguration Day.
CPAC 2021 is a cultish celebration of Donald Trump that will be headlined with a speech by the former president — an embodiment of a movement that stands for little more than owning the libs. "Based on our sources, the president is going to prosecute his case of where Joe Biden has taken America," Fox Nation's Lawrence Jones said. "He’s gonna go through the policy changes that he's [Biden] has already enacted."
CPAC 2021 is taking place in Orlando, Florida. The event is seen as prelude to how the Republican presidential primary field may shape up
- The White House is "certainly not" worried about anticipated criticisms from former President Donald Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this weekend, according to press secretary Jen Psaki.
- CPAC 2021 is taking place in Orlando, Florida. The event is seen as prelude to how the Republican presidential primary field may shape up.
Prayer: David Malka
Pledge: Kathy Barnette
National Anthem: Sailor Sabol
Florida Welcomes CPAC: Open for Business
Gov. Ron DeSantis, Florida
Introduced by Matt Schlapp, American Conservative Union
Why the Left Hates the Bill of Rights … and We Love It
Sen. Mike Lee (Utah)
Emcee: Carly Patrick, American Conservative Union
Freedom of Speech
Fmr. Gov. Scott Walker, Young America’s Foundation President
Freedom of Religion
Sen. James Lankford (Okla.)
Freedom of Press
Alex Berenson, Reporter
Freedom of Assembly
Pam Bondi, Fmr. Florida Attorney General
Freedom of Petition
Josh Mandel, Fmr. Ohio State Treasurer
Tolerance Reimagined: The Angry Mob and Violence in our Streets
Spencer Brown, Young America’s Foundation
Wayne Dupree, The Wayne Dupree Show
T.W. Shannon, CEO of Chickasaw Community Bank
Moderated by Lawrence Jones, Fox News Contributor
Bill of Rights, Liberty, and Cancel Culture
Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas)
Protecting Elections Part 1: Voting is Democracy: Why We Must Protect Elections
Deroy Murdock, Fox News Contributor
Protecting Elections Part 2: Other Culprits: How Judges & Media Refused to Look at the Evidence
Jesse Binnall, Harvey & Binnall, PLLC
Deroy Murdock, Fox News Contributor
Hans Von Spakovsky, The Heritage Foundation
Moderated by Denise Cohen, American Conservative Union
Amendment V: Freedom from Confiscation of Private Property
Fmr. Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, American
Conservative Union Foundation Board
Shelley Luther, Courage to Stand
Ian Smith, Atilis Gym
Moderated by Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner
The Real Cost of Tuition:
Emcee: Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson (NC)
Rep. Madison Cawthorn (N.C.-11)
Rep. Ted Budd (N.C.- 13)
Rep. Virginia Foxx (N.C.-05)
Keeping America Safe
Sen. Tom Cotton (Ark.)
Protecting Elections Part 3: The Left Pulled the Strings, Covered It Up, and Even Admits It
Fmr. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Fox News Contributor
Fighting for Freedom of Speech at Home and Across the World
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.)
The Left’s Assault on a Free People: How Government, Big Tech, and Media Are Colluding to Deprive Us of Our Humanity
Emcee: Ben Ferguson, The Ben Ferguson Show
Jeff Brain, CloutHub
Robby Starbuck, Director and Producer
Rep. Matt Gaetz (Fla.-01)
Charlie Kirk, Turning Point USA
Big Tech Is for Sale and China and Russia Are Buying
Rebeccah Heinrichs, Hudson Institute
Buck Sexton, The Buck Sexton Show
Moderated by KT McFarland, American Conservative Union
The Way Forward: Unlocking Our Churches, Our Voices, and Our Social Media Accounts
Sen. Rick Scott (Fla.)
Remarks by Sen. Josh Hawley (Mo.)
Reigniting the Spirit of the American Dream
Donald Trump, Jr.
Introduced by Kimberly Guilfoyle
Remarks by James O’Keefe, Project Veritas
Remarks by Dan Bongino, The Dan Bongino Show
Familiarity Breeds Contempt: How Will China’s Neighbors Survive
Hiroaki Jay Aeba, Japanese Conservative Union Chairman
Cleo Paskal, Geostrategist
Rep. Greg Steube (Fla.-17)
Moderated by Gordon Chang, American Conservative Union
The Looming Humanitarian Crisis at the Border
Amb. Chris Landau, Fmr. U.S. Ambassador to Mexico
Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñes
Eduardo Verastegui, Actor
Moderated by Mercedes Schlapp, American Conservative Union
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