Trump to speak at CPAC in first post-White House appearance

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The spokesman held off from divulging any plans of his speech, but a source told the outlet that Trump's remarks will focus on "the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement".

Trump's tumultuous four years in the White House ended shortly after he was impeached on a charge of inciting his supporters' deadly January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, where lawmakers were gathering to certify Biden's victory in the November 3 election. But that appears unlikely to happen, as polls suggest that the former president remains highly popular with Republican voters. The rally participants lined the street on President's Day to show support for him after his 2020 election loss to President Joe Biden.

Trump has expressed anger at the 17 Republicans in the House of Representatives and Senate who voted to impeach or convict him, and on Tuesday he aimed his rhetorical fire at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the nation's most senior elected Republican.

Stripped of his Twitter megaphone, he called into friendly cable TV news programs this week after the death of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, musing on far-right channel Newsmax about the possibility of a future political run. 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. She explained that these supporters simply love America and want to thank "their president" Donald Trump - so they deserve a "thanks" in return.

Donald Trump at the 2020 Conservative Political Action Conference
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CPAC, one of the biggest events on the conservative calendar, is usually held in National Harbor, Maryland, but this year organizers moved it to Florida to evade strict pandemic restrictions. Rejecting Romney again this year, CPAC has instead fully embraced Trump-as have most conservative voters.

Other notable speakers at the conference include Trump's former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Trump's former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), Trump's former press secretary Sarah Sanders, and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R).

Last year's CPAC was briefly interrupted by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, who attended the conference dressed as Trump while filming his movie, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.

Vice President Mike Pence, who has distanced himself from Trump ever since the November election, will not be making an appearance at CPAC.