Trump Making His Debut As Former President, And Asserting Himself As Leader Of GOP Base

Written By BlabberBuzz | Sunday, 21 February 2021 20:30

Former President Donald Trump will probably make his first appearance after leaving the White House in late February.

He will be a keynote speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2021 in Orlando, Florida, CPAC Communications Director Ian Walters verified to The Epoch Times.

The former president’s speech is set for the afternoon of Feb. 28, the last day of the conference, Walters said.

It will be Trump’s first public appearance since he departed from the White House on Jan. 20.

American Conservative Union (ACU), the host of the conference, invited the former president to speak.

“I’d love to see him come to CPAC,” ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp told the Washington Examiner. Schlapp said he extended the invitation privately.

“I think he deserves to be heard. I think even people who disagree with him will agree that he deserves to be heard. He should be uncanceled,” he added.

A staff member involved in the conference preparation told The Epoch Times that the request was sent out last year.

Trump appears to have become more active in the political field after the end of his second impeachment trial. He issued a long statement reviewing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) speech against him and honored Rush Limbaugh on several media outlets after the iconic conservative radio commentator’s death.

The Senate acquitted the former president in a 57-43 vote in his second impeachment trial. Sixty-seven votes were needed to reach a condemnation.

Most Senate Republicans, 45 out of 50, considered the second impeachment trial as unconstitutional because Trump had already left the White House and was a private citizen, The Epoch Times reported.

Trump is a common speaker at CPAC, an annual event. He published an urgent caution to Americans about socialism in his 2020 CPAC speech.

“Far-left radicals have become increasingly desperate and increasingly dangerous in their quest to transform America into a country you would not recognize—a country in which they control every aspect of American life,” he said. “Just as socialist and communist movements have done all over the world, they’re cracking down on all dissent and demanding absolute conformity. They want total control.”

Trump suggested that the result of performing such policies would “turn America very quickly into a large-scale Venezuela.”

CPAC describes itself as the largest and most influential gathering of conservatives in the world.

Top conservatives regularly appear at the conferences. Scheduled speakers for this year’s conference include several officials from Trump’s administration, including former Housing Secretary Ben Carson, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Trump associates like South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and former acting national security adviser Richard Grenell are also slated to speak.

The list also includes some lawmakers like Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.), and Rep Mo Brooks (R-Ala.).

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