Despite the emerging field of Republican presidential candidates willing to take on former President Donald Trump, this year’s CPAC was more unabashedly MAGA than ever.
At the multi-day conference held just outside Washington, D.C., there were few signs the crowd wanted anyone but Trump in 2024. Many attendees wore coordinated T-R-U-M-P t-shirts. Vendors sold Trump bobbleheads and stuffed animals wearing MAGA hats. Guests posed for pictures in a mock Trump Oval Office.
The annual CPAC confab showcases stars in the conservative movement, prominent Republican lawmakers, the up-and-coming of the GOP and grassroots activists eager to hear about the latest priorities on the right.