Tonight, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and other MAGA Republicans will be gathering in Dallas, Texas to kick off the extreme Conservative Political Action Conference — where they will stand alongside far-right Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
Let’s be clear: CPAC 2022 is nothing but an extreme GOP cattle call. Even former CPAC Chair Al Cardenas said it was “shameful” that Orbán was invited.
Al Cardenas: “[It’s] shameful that CPAC has invited this authoritarian, pro-Putin despot to come to America — in [the] midst of war [with] our ally Ukraine — and speak. They should know better.”
CPAC will also roll out the red carpet for a host of election denialists like MAGA extremist Kari Lake — the GOP nominee for Arizona governor — and “MyPillow Guy” Mike Lindell, who spent tens of millions of dollars to back Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election.
The Guardian: “MyPillow chief executive Mike Lindell, a fervent Donald Trump ally, says he has poured $35-40 [million] into a wide crusade — a wave of lawsuits to get rid of voting machines that he faults for Trump’s defeat, a new movie about voting fraud, and a hefty legal stable — to promote charges that the 2020 election was riddled with fraud, despite a flood of contrary evidence.”
As if that weren’t bad enough, CPAC will spotlight Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida, a loyal MAGA foot soldier who made headlines last week for spouting off misogynistic comments against abortion rights activists.
Matt Gaetz: “Why is it that the women with the least likelihood of getting pregnant are the ones most worried about having abortions? Nobody wants to impregnate you if you look like a thumb.”
CPAC 2022 is the perfect representation of what the Republican Party is today — extreme, out of touch, and totally beholden to Trump’s “Big Lie.”