CPAC 2021 lineup – moved from Maryland to Florida due to coronavirus security constraints – suggests Donald Trump’s dominance over the Republican Party is not at all diminished by his White House loss and setbacks Republicans in Congress.

The speakers include his allies like Mike Pompeo, the former secretary of state; Ben Carson, the former housing secretary; Sarah Sanders, former White House press secretary; Kristi Noem, Governor of South Dakota; Fox News host Pete Hegseth; Jon Voight, an ardently pro-Trump actor; and Donald Trump Jr, the son of the 45th president.

There are also slots for Senate Republicans including Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Cynthia Lummis and Rick Scott, and House Republicans such as Kevin McCarthy, Mo Brooks, Madison Cawthorn, Matt Gaetz and Jim Jordan, all voted to challenge Joe Biden’s victory. The “big lie” of a stolen election should thrive at CPAC.

This is not the least because the conference will culminate Sunday with Trump himself. In his first post-presidential speech, he is expected to promise to support Maga’s candidates in next year’s midterm election, condemn Biden’s shift in immigration policy, and reserve particular venom for his enemies within. of the Republican Party.

Matt Schlapp, president of the American Conservative Union, which hosts CPAC, said Reuters news agency: “Donald Trump is going to stay in the game and be involved in the primaries and he is going to give his opinion and he is going to make speeches, and for the establishment Republicans, that makes their spines shiver. They are very concerned that it will continue to have an impact. I advise them to get used to it. “

Among the talking points will be a straw poll of attendees on their preferences for the Republican nomination in 2024. Given which section of the party now runs CPAC, there is no doubt that Trump will emerge the victor.

Tim miller, former political director of Republican Voters Against Trump, said: “He will speak right after the 2024 poll, which will presumably show him a landslide victory, and so I think it’s set up to speak to him in a way who will signal that he sees himself as the leader of the party, as the favorite for 2024. He will attack those who questioned him about it.

“I am sure he will be very well received by the crowd during these calls. Republicans are doing it on their own. They had the opportunity to put a stake in his heart, they did not seize it and he is in charge of the party at the moment.

To read more on David Smith’s report, click here: ‘The Base Is Solid Behind It’: Trumpism Should Thrive at CPAC