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Conservatives and the Right in America: A Celebration of Trump

Conservatives and the Right in America: A Celebration of Trump

Donald Trump dominates the CPAC conference of conservatives and conspiracy theorists. It is also an important topic in the opposite case.

The first day of this year's CPAC conference on Wednesday included Steve Bannon, Nigel Farage and Julian Reichelt. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AP

Washington taz | The Republican Party in America is clearly divided into two camps: pro-Trump and anti-Trump. This internal division has affected the entire conservative political movement in the country. The latest example is two competitive events taking place this week in the capital, Washington. It is about the future of the conservative movement currently dominated by former President Donald Trump.

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is the first of two events. Since 1974, the conference has brought together the most prominent conservative politicians, opinion makers and media figures each year. However, the forum, which officially opened on Wednesday and was for years considered the most important stage of the conservative movement in America and beyond, has lost its prestige.

On the one hand, it's because of a scandal involving CPAC executive director Matt Schlapp. A sexual complaint was filed against him last year. In addition, over the years the conference has become increasingly a mega-festival, with populists trying to outdo each other with sensational speeches. MAGA stands for the “Make America Great Again” rally, which came from Ronald Reagan and was adopted by Trump.

So many American media prefer to cover this year's CPAC in slightly less detail than last year. Gone are the days when CPAC was an open forum for discussion and opinion about conservative politics in America. “CPAC is a shadow of its former self,” wrote the conservative-leaning American Journal National Review. A progressive online portal Raw story Referred to as CPAC MAGA Carnival.”

Migration and trust in government institutions

As with the conservative American political scene, Trump was able to completely dominate the event. It seems this year too. In addition to Trump, who will be on stage at CPAC on Saturday, the list of speakers includes populist and right-wing conservative politicians and media figures from across the US and beyond.

It included international guests such as Trump's former adviser Steve Bannon, Republican congressmen Matt Gates and Elise Stefanik, as well as Eurosceptic and Brexit leader Nigel Farage and newly elected Argentine President Javier Mille. From a German perspective, ex-Picture-Editor-in-Chief Julian Reichelt should be mentioned. He will discuss diplomacy with Richard Grenell, the former US ambassador to Berlin, on Thursday evening.

In all, more than 100 speakers will express their views on political, economic and cultural events in the United States and around the world. It will contain much of the same undertones that have been known from Trump and his colleagues for years. Topics will include immigration, abortion rights and declining trust in government institutions.

That Trump is outdoing everyone at CPAC this year is also evident from the fact that this year's organizers will ask convention attendees who their vice presidential nominee is. Although Trump has been re-nominated as the Republican presidential nominee, he is still at odds with former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley. Khushi, who was honored last year, is staying away from this year's event.

Meanwhile, old-school Republicans will attend a CPAC protest starting Friday. However, this faction, which favors tax cuts, a smaller role for government and a reduction in bureaucracy, is increasingly outnumbered. Witnesses from the committee investigating the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 will be guests at the summit from their theories.

So Trump is primed for an anti-CPAC event.