Some CPAC Attendees Want Anyone But The Former Guy in 2024
“I think we need a new face.”
CPAC’s theme for 2021 is “America Uncancelled”, which is fairly ironic considering that a speaker had been cancelled before the event began, and several of the speakers are infamous for blocking their Twitter critics. And now it seems not everyone at CPAC is worshipping the gold Bart Simpson Statue dressed as the Former Guy.
While seemingly every attendee expressed support for the twice-impeached Trump, Make America Great Again hats are some of the most popular attire among the attendees, and there’s plenty of locations for people to buy more Trump gear. However, some in the crowd were bold enough to suggest that the endless cycle of scandal and controversy that plagued his lone administration was enough for them, and for some reason(s) they think he’d be a bad look for the party in 2024.
Many CPAC attendees expressed support for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who gave the first major address of CPAC Friday as the state was hosting the event. DeSantis, despite his continuously terrible record, could still be the party’s front-runner going forward.
One attendee told Fox News that he’d like to see “Somebody who is not Trump. Somebody in the Republican Party who can stand up to the media with a bit more regality than Trump can. Despite how wonderful he was for the country, we can’t have a media focusing on him for the next four years instead of Biden.”
When Donald Trump gets a standing O at CPAC, remember they’re applauding a man who fomented a riot in the US Capital and who, thanks to stupidity, ineptitude, and callous disregard, killed hundreds of thousands of Americans. That is who they are applauding.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) February 26, 2021
More than a few attendees said they feel Trump has changed the focus of the Republican Party for the better but don’t necessarily want him to be the GOP’s presidential nominee in 2024, with one stating, “I think Trump is the leader of the Republican Party. He is still the leader even if he’s not the president — at least of our party,” but admitted it may be time to move on to a new candidate.
"I saved his ass" Trump told Bob Woodward. "I was able to get Congress to leave him alone."
So let's remind all the #MAGA CPAC ppl that a Saudi prince had a US journalist murdered & dismembered.
Trump & Jared Kushner covered it up; & lied about it.
Your move, evangelicals. https://t.co/UjlZ0xYeYb
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) February 26, 2021
Everyone participating is complicit. pic.twitter.com/br3iK3sbIs
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) February 26, 2021