Donald Trump explains why ‘certain candidates’ skip CPAC
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The former President was likely talking about Ron DeSantis, Mike Pence.

Former President Donald Trump, the headliner of this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), says he knows why candidates are skipping the event.

In Truth Social posts that omit specific names of non-attendees like Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence, Trump explained the snubs in his latest attempt to assert primacy ahead of what clearly will be a contested GOP Presidential Primary.

“The only reason certain ‘candidates’ won’t be going to CPAC is because the crowds have no interest in anything they have to say. They’ve heard it all before, and don’t want to hear it again. But my speech, on Saturday night, is already a sold out ‘monster.’ They are trying to expand the room and space. We’ll have a great time at CPAC, we always do. See you there, and don’t forget to vote in the important Straw Poll,” Trump said, offering a reminder of the likely news hook from the event.

Trump continues to win straw polls post-presidency, including at the 2022 event (with the surging DeSantis in second) and the 2021 iteration.

One recurrently vocal DeSantis enthusiast trumped up the Governor’s decision to skip CPAC as a smart move this week.

“Take, for example, this weekend. Rather than going to CPAC — which is a completely pro-Donald Trump crowd and having a number at the end that weekend where he’s made an appearance, and then there’s a straw poll and Trump wins the straw poll — rather than that, what’s he doing? He’s going to Dallas and Houston, Texas, and Orange County, California and speaking to the Republican county committees,” Karl Rove said.

“They’re big galas in each one of those places, making a lot of friends and avoiding what is going to be a sure story at the end of it. ‘Oh, well, he came here and he obviously didn’t make a big impact, because Trump still took the CPAC straw poll,’ which is completely meaningless but nonetheless would be the story coming out of the weekend.”

For those interested in the former President’s speech Saturday, he offered a Truth Social preview.

Trump will be “talking about the fact that, obviously, our Country is going to ‘HELL,’ and how to fix it.”

“Also, the Democrats’ use of Radical Left Prosecutors and the WEAPONIZATION OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. It is illegal, has never been used and abused like this, and has the potential to bring down our once fair and wonderful Country. These Marxist Thugs have been after me for years, only to help them win elections. In just Two Years, we have become a Third World Failing Nation.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • just sayin

    March 2, 2023 at 8:29 am

    We’re really doing this, huh? Giving Donald Trump millions of hours of free publicity and then concern-trolling afterwards, wondering how he got elected?

  • Meatball DeSantis

    March 2, 2023 at 2:35 pm

    Because Meatball is a coward.

  • PeterH

    March 2, 2023 at 4:28 pm

    Conservatives have abandoned CPAC …… because CPAC does not represent conservative views. DeSantis is not a conservative so he should be attending this clown show!

  • Ocean Joe

    March 3, 2023 at 9:29 am

    Why would any serious candidate want to be on stage with Matt Schlapp, and more importantly, who is driving him to and from the events?

  • ginger rose

    March 5, 2023 at 11:31 pm

    it’s increasingly shocking how bloated and unashamedly self-obsessed former president Trump is – it’s not just about trashing any one who gets in his way, including our beloved Florida governor Ron DeSantis – it’s about how low morally and verbally can he go? is this the type of person any decent country would want as a president? four years was already way too much of this bloathead …..

  • Charles Garlitz

    March 14, 2023 at 3:28 pm

    Morons And Gullible A**holes . Pathetic ! CPAC turned out to be nothing more than Crazy People Adoring Conman !
    I ‘m no longer a Repugnant One. It has become a party that expresses the worst in our character, ignorance, greed and cowardice.

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