The one thing that CPAC has proven without a doubt is that the Republican Party is now officially a cult. A cult that worships Donald Trump, and continues to believe all the lies and conspiracy theories he has spewed over his entire presidency, culminating in a violent insurrection against the very foundations of our democratic republic.
“The people at CPAC are living in an alternate reality in which facts don’t matter, the Constitution doesn’t matter. They have no principle except whatever their leader says.”https://www.forbes.com/si...d696b056f7
It has been interesting watching the civil war inside the GOP. On one side, you have the more traditional Republicans, also known by radicalized Trumpers as "RINOS". These Republicans seem to still have a grasp of reality. They believe the fact that Joe Biden did indeed win the election, and voted to convict Trump during his second impeachment trial for inciting the insurrection on January 6th. While I may disagree with these traditional republicans on a number of issues, they seem to understand the Constitution and our system of government. Unfortunately, these traditional Republicans comprise maybe about 25% of the Republican party.
Then you have Trump supporters. A mix of Qanon, white nationalists, gun nuts, militia, and any number of quasi-fascist organizations. These are the people that Trump said he loved, that stormed the Capitol, carried a confederate flag through the capitol building, calling for the hanging of the vice president, and tried to prevent the counting of the electoral votes and the peaceful transfer of power to the next President. The only difference between these people and al Qaeda is the religious book they read and the person they follow.
And unfortunately, many Trump supporters are generally good people who have been gaslighted by Trump's lies, and conservative media who play on their fears of evil democrats taking their guns, making them eat synthetic meat, drive electric vehicles, hoards of illegals at the border, transgender people in bathrooms, abortions, getting vaccinated, wearing a mask, healthcare for everyone, etc, etc, and on and on.
I hope traditional republicans win, but it's not looking good based on CPAC.