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Politics Mitch McConnell Booed by CPAC Audience as Trump Takes Credit for His Reelection

03:12  01 march  2021
03:12  01 march  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

Trump-Friendly CPAC 2021 Speaker Lineup Shows Little Sign of GOP Civil War

  Trump-Friendly CPAC 2021 Speaker Lineup Shows Little Sign of GOP Civil War The Conservative Political Action Conference features a roster of speakers supportive of Trump—and no prominent GOP critics of the former president.The roster of speakers for CPAC 2021 features Trump—who will deliver his first big speech since leaving the White House—and a slate of other politicians and pundits who are supportive of him. Although analysts have described tensions within the Republican Party as a "civil war," Trump's GOP critics won't be given a platform to share their perspective during the event, which takes place in Orlando, Florida, from February 25 to 28.

More: Donald Trump will protest the 2020 election for years; CPAC is here to help him spread his conspiracies. The ex-president also plans to attack Republicans who expressed support for his impeachment, or refused to help him with efforts to overturn his election loss to Biden. Other ex-presidents have criticized their successors, but none have done it as early in the new president's first term as Trump . Rather than fade from the political scene, as have many previous ex-presidents, Trump plans to stay in the spotlight, for better or for worse as far as the Republicans are concerned.

(CNN) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won his reelection fight in Kentucky, CNN projected Tuesday night, defeating Democratic opponent Amy McGrath and her massive fundraising efforts to unseat him. McGrath, a former fighter pilot who flew in combat for the Marines Corps, had the Andy Barr in 2018. The Senate Majority Leader's campaign portrayed McGrath as a radical and extreme liberal on a collision course with President Donald Trump . McConnell 's campaign emphasized his position of authority in the Senate, describing him as a "powerful voice for Kentucky," and highlighting

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) audience on Sunday afternoon booed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as President Donald Trump took credit for the Kentucky senator's November election win.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Former President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 28, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. © Joe Raedle/Getty Former President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 28, 2021 in Orlando, Florida.

"My endorsement of Mitch McConnell at his request, he asked for my endorsement," Trump said, prompting loud boos from the crowd, "brought him from one point down to 20 points up and he won his race in the great state and the great commonwealth of Kentucky. He won it very easily. And I said, 'I wonder if I'm doing the right thing here,' but you know what, I did what I did."

CPAC Highlights Trump's Influence Over GOP Amid Party's Civil War: 'He Owns That Crowd'

  CPAC Highlights Trump's Influence Over GOP Amid Party's Civil War: 'He Owns That Crowd' "The party apparatus from the state and local level to the national level has pretty much remained in control of Trump loyalists," Evan Siegfried, a Republican strategist and commentator, told Newsweek. He added, "Everybody at CPAC is beholden to him and he owns that crowd."GOP consultant Mark Weaver echoed that sentiment, telling Newsweek: "Among the Republican base there's still a lot of energy surrounding the Trump record and the Trump priorities, and the CPAC agenda that reflects that.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday blocked Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's attempt to unanimously pass a bill to increase direct payments in the year-end coronavirus relief package to ,000. Through the bill, Republicans would both avoid the act of actually passing ,000 payments but allow GOP senators running for reelection in Georgia's Jan. 5 runoffs to express support for Trump 's priorities. In a statement Tuesday, Schumer said if McConnell "tries loading up" the bill "with unrelated, partisan provisions that will do absolutely nothing to help struggling families

Vegas betting odds suggest Trump will declare his 2024 reelection bid at CPAC on Sunday. The former president is expected to use his speech to talk about the future of the Republican Party. Many CPAC attendees have already said they would vote for him if he decided to run again. Romney has been a vocal opponent of the former president is the only Republican who voted to convict Trump in both of his impeachment trials. Trump lost the 2020 presidential election to Biden, who beat him by more than 7 million ballots in the popular vote.

"But he went from one point down to 20 points up very quickly, immediately actually, and he won his race. If you compare that to his other elections, I'm sure you'll see something interesting. But you know what, we got a Republican elected," he added.

Newsweek reached out to McConnell's office for comment.

McConnell won reelection in 2020, defeating Democratic challenger Amy McGrath and her significant fundraising efforts to unseat him. Trump endorsed McConnell's campaign in July 2019 and worked closely with the Senate leader during his four years in office. But since President Joe Biden's inauguration, the two men have clashed repeatedly over the future of the GOP.

CPAC or Trump-PAC? Conservative conference delegates stick with Donald Trump

  CPAC or Trump-PAC? Conservative conference delegates stick with Donald Trump Delegates to conservative political conference say they don't know if Trump will run again in 2024, but they would be fine with it.Roaming the convention space of a luxury hotel near Disney World, CPAC delegates wear Make America Great Again hats and display Trump pins. They pose for pictures beside a "Golden Trump," a fiberglass mold statue of the ex-president painted in gold, holding star-shaped wands and wearing a coat-and-loosened-tie, beach shorts in a U.S. flag motif and flip-flops.

CPAC ’s conference website described the twice-impeached president as “the very definition of the American We can’t take another term of his garbage policies and actions . Don’t give them credit for using a nazi symbol. Make it clear that it’s stolen just like everything else in Because Republicans can, apparently, recognize Trump for the vile monster that he is (looking at you, Mitch McConnell )

For his part, Trump attacked McConnell after his speech. “ Mitch is a dour, sullen and unsmiling political hack,” he said, “and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again.” Have you subscribed to theGrio’s “Dear Culture” podcast? This week brings more theatrical releases than American audiences have gotten in ages — and possibly more than they’ re ready for now, as vaccine rollouts still leave people questioning whether it’s safe to do things like go to the movies.

Seven GOP senators joined Democrats in voting to convict Trump earlier this month, but the 57-43 majority fell short of the two-thirds needed for a conviction. After voting to acquit, McConnell on February 13 publicly condemned the ex-president and his supporters for inciting the Capitol insurrection on January 6.

"There's no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day," he said on the Senate floor. "The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president. And having that belief was a foreseeable consequence of the growing crescendo of false statements, conspiracy theories, and reckless hyperbole which the defeated president kept shouting into the largest megaphone on planet Earth."

McConnell's rebuke of Trump broke his several year-long run of cautiously avoiding confrontations with the ex-president. He also strongly rejected Trump's baseless claims that the 2020 presidential election was "stolen" from him through widespread voter fraud.

Kevin McCarthy’s CPAC panel shows how the GOP has devolved into a Trump personality cult

  Kevin McCarthy’s CPAC panel shows how the GOP has devolved into a Trump personality cult McCarthy contorts himself to praise Trump, as Trump reportedly considers denouncing him anyway.McCarthy’s remarks in particular — and CPAC 2021 in general — illustrate how whatever second thoughts the Republican establishment had about Trump following the insurrection have fallen by the wayside. And they were a reminder that although Trump did lose reelection, he remains a popular, and therefore powerful, figure in the Republican Party.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday used a procedural move in the Republican-led Senate to open debate on a 47-42 vote. It isn’t clear which of several competing GOP proposals on unemployment insurance might ultimately get votes next week. On the Senate floor on Thursday, McConnell faulted Democrats for their intransigence in talks with the Trump administration on a comprehensive bill that have brought the expanded unemployment benefits to the brink of lapsing. ”They want jobless aid to expire tomorrow, period,” McConnell said.

Donald Trump will give his first speech since leaving office as US president later on Sunday at the Conservative Political Action Conference ( CPAC ). Despite losing November's presidential election and being deeply criticised over the January riot by some of his supporters, reports suggest Mr Trump remains extremely popular among his voting base. Last week one US poll suggested 46% of surveyed Trump voters would vote for him on a third-party ticket rather than another Republican candidate.

Trump went after McConnell nearly a month later. On February 17, just days after the Senate voted to acquit him on his second impeachment, Trump called the senator "a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack" in a scathing statement.

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Donald Trump Said 'Biden' 36 Times at CPAC, While His Successor Looks Ahead .
The former president took aim at a range of adversaries in his address, while he hinted at potentially running for office again himself.Trump branded Biden's time in office so far as "disastrous," and issued scathing remarks on the new administration's positions on a variety of issues thus far.

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