On Thursday evening, a massive effigy of former president Donald Trump was rolled into the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). The gold statue is wearing a white shirt, tie, suit jacket and a pair of shorts with Stars and Stripes. It appears to be holding a magic wand.
In a video Trump supporters have been taking selfies with the effigy as they watch it roll through the building before he is scheduled to make an appearance on Sunday and address the CPAC. This will be his first appearance after he left the White House.
Ian Walters, spokesman for the American Conservative Union, said that Trump will be a speaker at the group’s annual CPAC in Orlando, in Florida on Sunday.
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On conditions of anonymity, a person close to the former president said that he is expected to talk about the future of the Republican Party. Deep fissures have appeared within the party after the January
6 insurrections on the Capitol, which is said to have been incited by Trump’s rhetoric. Mike Pence declined an invitation to address the CPAC. Trump is also expected to address President Biden’s efforts to overturn his immigration policies.
Many other pro-Trump administrators and officials who support him are also expected to speak. Some of them include former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as well as South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem.
Although Trump has been relatively quiet from when he left the White House, last week he was on a few phone-in interviews from his home in Palm Beach, Florida. He is also facing numerous criminal and personal lawsuits after he left the White House. Trump commented on the death of Rush Limbaugh and told Fox that Rush had felt that they had won the election and he was “quite angry about it.”
He called the elections “disgraceful” and continued to perpetuate his false claims that there was election fraud. Trump also said that he still believed that his “administration” won the election.