CPAC (The Conservative Political Action Conference) is one of the if not THE largest annual gathering of conservatives in the nation. There has been some question among conservative circles as to whether or not it’s still relevant or carries the same cache as it did in its very early days when Ronald Reagan once spoke. It draws thousands of attendees and the speaking slots are hotly desired by those looking for their moment in the conservative spotlight.
Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Marco Rubio (despite illness) and even Ben Carson all have speaking slots at CPAC. Donald Trump did as well – but at the last minute, he bailed.
— CPAC (@CPAC) March 4, 2016
Politico reports, Donald Trump has pulled out of the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, opting to campaign in Kansas and Florida instead.
The Trump campaign released a statement to reporters announcing that it would be in “Witchita, Kanasas [sic] for a major rally on Saturday prior to Caucus.”
“He will also be speaking at the Kansas Caucus and then departing for Orlando, Florida and a crowd of approximately 20,000 people or more,” the campaign said. “Because of this, he will not be able to speak at CPAC as he has done for many consecutive years.”
“Mr. Trump would like to thank [American Conservative Union Chairman] Matt Schlapp and all of the executives at CPAC and looks forward to returning to next year, hopefully as President of the United States,” the statement continued.
Not everyone is disappointed, however. On Thursday, National Review reported on efforts to stage a walkout during Trump’s speech, coming from a tri-corn hat-wearing CPAC attendee from Georgia named William Temple. “We’re having massive walkout on Saturday when [Trump] comes to speak,” Temple, who also led a walkout on Jeb Bush’s speech in 2015, told the outlet. “We already have over 300 people who are going to get up at one time to go the bathroom.”
Looks like the bathroom won’t be too crowded after all.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]