It’s time once again for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) put on by the American Conservative Union. This affair is a four day circle jerk of right-wingers wallowing in their muddy pit of country club white nationalism. And this year the roster of speakers has a particularly notable stench of political devotion that borders on religious idolatry.
The largest contingent of conference guests comes from the White House. Beginning with Donald Trump himself making a return appearance, and extending down the line of command to various cabinet secretaries and political operatives. It’s a baker’s dozen of Washington apparatchiks who are committed to proselytizing the President’s agenda. And the sheer quantity of StormTrumpers shows that this convention has only one mission: Propaganda. Here are the White House attendees:
- Donald Trump
- Eric Trump
- Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the President
- Don McGahn, Counsel and Assistant to the President
- Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget
- Scott Pruitt, Director of the Environmental Protection Agency
- Betsy Devos, Secretary of Education
- Rick Perry, Secretary of Energy
- Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior
- Linda McMahon, Small Business Adminstration
- Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
- Ronna McDaniel, Chair of the Republican National Committee
- Kayleigh McEnany, Spokesperson for the RNC
Joining the army of Trumpsters are their partners in propaganda, Fox News. A network that has the audacity to put the word “news” in their name is proving that they are nothing but shills for a corrupt presidency. The cadre of Foxies include two thirds of their primetime lineup. And they are supported by several paid contributors:
- Sean Hannity
- Laura Ingraham
- Jeanine Pirro
- Sebastian Gorka
- Dana Perino
- Elizabeth Peek
- Katie Pavlich
- Mark Levin
- Sara Carter
And that’s not all. There are several other people that will be familiar to Trump’s followers and Fox News viewers. People like “sheriff” David Clarke, John Bolton, James O’Keefe, and the GOP chair of the House Intelligence Committee (and future felon), Devin Nunes. Also, Wayne LaPierre of the NRA, whose name was omitted from the speakers list because he’s toxic. And let’s not forget Marion Le Pen, the leader of France’s neo-Nazi party.
Trump has been having a horrible week. He has had to deal with a top aide who was accused of wife-beating. He has exhibited his inability to respond like a human being to the tragedy in Parkland, Florida. He unleashed a torrent of tweets exposing how frightened he is about the tsunami of political and legal jeopardy he faces.
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So he is undoubtedly looking forward to his appearance at CPAC. It’s an opportunity to get in front of an adoring crowd and pontificate incoherently for an hour and be applauded for it. The audience will cheer wildly as Trump lashes out at their favorite enemies – liberals, democrats, minorities and, of course, the media. They’ll rise to their feet whenever he utters a word about a wall or a former “crooked” opponent. And Trump will get his fix of adulation from his glassy-eyed disciples before he has to return the “dump” on Pennsylvania Avenue and lay in bed worrying about when special counsel Robert Mueller’s hammer will come down.