CPAC, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, has grown to be one of the top political events for the far right, and this year the movement had much to celebrate. Social conservatives are running every branch of the government for the first time in decades, and are rapidly putting into action a far right, pro-Christianity, pro-”traditional values” agenda that they hope can permanently change the fabric of the country.
Here are five things you won’t believe CPAC attendees really think about America.
1) They are so powerful, even the president is on their team.
The religious right hasn’t been this in sync or powerful since their hero, President Ronald Reagan was in office. And coincidentally enough, that’s the last time a president has addressed this crowd in a first year in office until now.
“‘That is the heart of this new movement and the future of the Republican Party,’” Trump said, addressing the CPAC audience as the first siting president to come to the event in their first year in office, according to the Washington Post. “These are hardworking, great, great Americans. These are unbelievable people who have not been treated fairly. Hillary called them deplorable. They’re not deplorable.”
“Now you finally have a president, finally,” he added, calling his election “a win for conservative values.”
2) That media is still a lying, fake media.
President Trump has convinced all of his followers that only he speaks the truth, and anything they read in the news or hear on television that differs from what he says must be lies. It’s a point he once more reiterated at CPAC, this time hitting on the use of “anonymous” sources as a sign that a news outlet isn’t telling the truth.
“I’m against the people that make up stories and make up sources,” Trump said at CPAC, according to Bloomberg News. “They shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name. Let their name be put out there. Let their name be put out. A source says that Donald Trump is a horrible, horrible human being. Let them say it to my face. Let there be no more sources.’”
Then, just a few hours later, his press secretary held a gaggle and refused to let CNN and the New York Times attend.
3) And they lie about how much money is being spent on his travel.
One of the biggest places where CPAC attendees are positive the media is creating fake news is surrounding this idea of President Trump’s massive Mar-a-Lago travel expenses. Despite being horrified by how much they believe President Barack Obama “wasted” on travel, they are certain the media is making up numbers about Trump to hurt him.
“Of course, the idea that Trump and his supporters are frustrated by the media is nothing new. But some CPAC attendees’ distrust of even government institutions ran strikingly deep,” reports Vox.com. “‘I don’t trust the bookkeepers. I don’t trust the people who say, ‘This president spent X and this president spent Y,’ said Roy Postel, 58, a real estate developer from near Chicago. ‘The whole bureaucracy is against Trump, so I’d like to know who is getting greased to tell us what Obama spent. I wouldn’t trust anyone with an estimate of what the Trump administration has spent on travel.’”
4) Feminists hate men.
There’s been a large push recently on the right to co-opt feminism, to claim it is anti-abortion or that conservatives can be just as feminist as progressives. But at it’s heart the CPAC audience knows that there isn’t conservative feminism because to them, you can’t be a feminist unless you hate men.
Just as Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway.
“It’s difficult for me to call myself a feminist in a classic sense because it seems to be very anti-male, and it certainly is very pro-abortion, and I’m neither anti-male or pro-abortion,” Conway said during a CPAC panel, according to the Washington Post. “So, there’s an individual feminism, if you will, that you make your own choices. … I look at myself as a product of my choices, not a victim of my circumstances.”
5) It’s the left that is facist!
And perhaps the most perplexing statement from CPAC came from CPAC organizer Dan Schneider himself, who claims that the “alt-right” is actually…lefties.
“This morning, Dan Schneider of the American Conservative Union, which organizes CPAC, delivered a speech titled ‘The Alt Right Ain’t Right at All’ in which he tried to claim that the Alt-Right has no place within the conservative movement because the term ‘Alt-Right’ has been hijacked by ‘a hate-filled left wing fascist group’ for the purpose of confusing people about what conservatism really represents,” reports Right Wing Watch. “‘They stole the term specifically to confuse us,’ Schneider stated. ‘They are anti-Semites, they are racists, they are sexists, they hate the Constitution, they hate free markets, they hate pluralism, they despise everything we believe in. They are not an extension of conservatism … They are nothing but garden variety left-wing fascists.’”
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