Published: Sat, February 27, 2021
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Conservative gathering to feature Trump's false fraud claims

Conservative gathering to feature Trump's false fraud claims

Donald Trump Jr., spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in Orlando, Fla.

However, it was unclear why the statue, showing a cartoonish version of Trump with an oversized head, was there.

Earlier this month, Trump was tried and acquitted in the Senate on a charge of incitement of insurrection after he encouraged supporters to march on the Capitol on January 6 while Congress was ratifying Biden's Electoral College victory.

The statue drew instant derision online, with commentators comparing it to the golden calf that enraged the prophet Moses in the Old Testament.

Donald Trump Jr. joked the confab could be rebranded as "TPAC".

Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, among several scheduled speakers who are contemplating a 2024 presidential run, declined to describe Trump as the outright leader of the GOP.

Although Pence still considers Trump to be a personal friend even after the Capitol assault where Trump supporters advocated to "hang Mike Pence", the former vice president said he plans to lay low during the first few months of the new administration.

The Justice Department, officials in all 50 states from both parties and worldwide observers affirmed that President Biden won the 2020 election fair and square, without any cheating or fraud, but that didn't stop several of Friday's speakers from pushing the false idea that Trump actually prevailed.

Trump has lent his support to Max Miller, a 2020 deputy campaign manager and White House advisor, who is challenging Representative Anthony Gonzalez.

And with the GOP shattered into factions based on levels of Trump loyalty, questions over the GOP's leadership have developed as the top priority among party members, allowing rumored Republican presidential hopefuls to take center stage at the conference and carve a political vision for a base that's locked with the former president.

And he is set to do so at the biggest event for America's political conservatives.

"They look at Donald J. Trump and they look at the millions and millions of people inspired, who went to battle fighting alongside President Trump and they are terrified and they want him to go away", Mr. Cruz said.

"If we can get behind president Trump and follow his lead we will win in 2022", Graham told Fox News. "We're not really a wing, we're the whole body", he said. "If we argue with ourselves, we're going to lose".

Hawley, another possible 2024 candidate, called himself part of the future of the party. "We represent the future of this country", he said. But he tweeted past year that Romney "is formally NOT invited" to the 2020 CPAC after the Utah senator voted to allow witnesses in Trump's first impeachment trial. "We're the future, '" he said.

'I may not have Twitter or the Oval Office, but I'm still in charge, ' a longtime adviser said of Trump's planned message, adding that payback is his main motivator right now.

In conjunction to Trump's speech on the final day of CPAC in Orlando, Florida on Sunday, the gathering will also feature four separate panel discussions on "protecting elections", aimed at attacking the integrity and validity of the contest between Trump and now-President Joe Biden.

Mike Pence won't attend CPAC this year.

CPAC organizer Matt Schlapp, a pro-Trump activist, retweeted a reporter Wednesday citing sources saying that Trump will not announce his candidacy Sunday but will appear "warm" to the idea.

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