Republicans speaking at CPAC in recent days have received a very clear message from party loyalists: The Republican Party is now the Trump Party.
The theme of this week’s conference was “America Not Canceled,” but Republicans who broke with Donald Trump were notably absent from the list of speakers. Looking through the sessions over the past three days, it would be easy to forget that Mr. Trump had lost Republicans in the White House and both houses of Congress. In fact, it would be easy to think that Mr. Trump is still president.
The former president’s red “MAGA” caps are visible all around the conference hall, as are signs that read “Joe Biden is not my president.” CPAC is an important first stop for candidates considering running for the White House, and each of the 2024 hopefuls who have spoken this year have strived to demonstrate their allegiance to Mr. Trump.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz said, “Let me tell you right now, Donald J. Trump is not going anywhere.”
Florida Senator Rick Scott told the audience, “We are not going to win the future by trying to get back to where the Republican Party was. If we do, we will lose the basis of work that President Trump has so animated. ”
Mr. Trump’s eldest son Donald Jr. told attendees his father’s speech would “solidify” his position “as the future of the Republican Party.”
“Joe Biden has had the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history,” Trump said.
Recent polls have given Biden a well above 50% job approval rating, a good performancefrom Americans.
The White House Biden has made it clear that it plans to ignore Trump’s speech.
“We are certainly not focusing on what President Trump is saying” to CPAC, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters last week.