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Hats, flags and deafening cheers as Trump takes center stage during CPAC

At a large weekend gathering of conservatives in Florida, attendees browsed a sea of merchandise emblazoned with “Trump”: Pink cowboy hats, sparkly purses, and T-shirts touting him as the 2024 presidential candidate.

But buried within the brassy rows of Trump merchandise at The MAGA Mall store were hats touting another figure: Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, who is seen as a potential 2024 rival to former President Donald Trump, who has hinted repeatedly that he wants to run again.

DeSantis is the only governor for whom Ronald Solomon, owner of The MAGA Mall, says he sells merchandise. Yet, if the store’s sales are predictive of political wins, Trump need not fret. For every DeSantis hat sold, Solomon said he sells around 50 featuring Trump.

“It’s Trump’s party,” Solomon said of the Republican Party as he attended to a group of young women at his stall at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a get-together of American right-wing notables, in Orlando, more famous as the home of the Walt Disney World theme park.

That was unquestionably the maxim at the four-day CPAC gathering that ended on Sunday, according to interviews with more than a dozen Republican voters, right-wing media figures and conservative pundits who professed support for the former president.

Trump spoke to a rapturous crowd on Saturday, underlining his hold over the Republican base ahead of November’s congressional elections.

Slightly improving his results from last year’s poll at the Orlando gathering, Trump received 59% of support in a straw poll on possible 2024 White House contenders.

CPAC tends to draw from the more conservative wing of the Republican Party, and its polls are not necessarily a reliable predictor of the eventual nominee.

Trump has not confirmed another run for the White House, but has hinted at it heavily – calling himself the “45th and 47th” president of the United States in a recent social media video. He alluded to it again in his speech on Saturday, saying “we’re going to be doing it again, a third time.”

Still, Trump’s laser fixation on claiming he was the victim of fraud in the 2020 election has some establishment Republicans worried he is more interested in nursing grievances than charting the party’s future.

But Trump’s pull with the base – his frequent rallies attract big crowds and many congressional candidates crave his endorsement – means establishment worries could ultimately be immaterial.

“We will make America proud again! We will make America safe again! And we will make America great again!” Trump said as he wrapped up Saturday night’s speech to deafening cheers.

CPAC, which touts itself as the “largest and most influential” worldwide gathering of conservatives, gives potential candidates nationwide media exposure and a chance to generate buzz.

Given Trump’s dominance, only the congressional, criminal and civil investigations into Trump seem to have the potential to derail the 75-year-old former real estate magnate from running, said Doug Heye, a former Republican aide.

Trump is dealing with a New York state civil inquiry into his family business and a congressional panel looking into the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters seeking to overturn the election results.

“It’s not just that it can knock him off the pedestal,” said Heye. “It could cause him to remove himself from the pedestal.”


At The MAGA Mall, retiree and Republican activist Nicole Bommarito, 49, already decked out in a T-shirt insulting Vice-President Kamala Harris, bought a “TRUMP WON” cowboy hat.

“Trump is the person we listen to,” said Bommarito, who moved to Florida from New York last year because she felt the state better reflected her values. Still, her alternative 2024 candidate reflected Solomon’s inventory: “If Donald Trump doesn’t run, DeSantis is our first pick.”

She is not alone: When asked at CPAC for whom they would vote if Trump doesn’t throw his hat in, 61% chose DeSantis.

The MAGA Mall’s owner, Solomon, who criss-crosses the country to sell merchandise at Trump rallies, was certain that Trump, who has endorsed dozens of midterm candidates and publishes near-daily statements attacking Biden, would run.

“He’s not going to hand this off to somebody else. It would be like him building a building in New York and giving it to Seymour Durst,” said Solomon, referring to the late real estate mogul.

Many CPAC attendees said DeSantis, a 43-year-old former lawyer with three young children and a wife who has been battling breast cancer, could easily wait and run for president in 2028.

DeSantis did not give any hints about his plans during his CPAC speech, which made no mention of Trump or 2024. Instead, DeSantis touted himself as a principled fighter keeping Florida open for business in the face of hysteria over COVID-19.

While his speech was well-received, DeSantis was given a speaking slot on Thursday, the more thinly attended first day of the conference. Buzz around him had largely waned by the weekend.

Back at The MAGA Mall, Bommarito decided not to buy any DeSantis merchandise. “I’ll get it tomorrow,” she said.

(Reporting by Alexandra Ulmer; Editing by Ross Colvin and Daniel Wallis)


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Rubio Comes Out For Mass Deportations


In a powerful and assertive appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) voiced strong support for former President Donald Trump’s commitment to mass deportation, calling for dramatic action to address the escalating illegal immigration crisis. Rubio’s remarks come at a critical juncture as many conservatives believe the unchecked influx of illegal immigrants threatens the very fabric of American society.

Responding to host Kristen Welker’s query about Trump’s proposed migrant detention camps and plans for deporting over 11 million undocumented immigrants, Rubio underscored the necessity of such measures, stating that the actual numbers have surged far beyond past estimates. “Eleven million, that was the number ten years ago. We’re talking upwards of 25 to 30 million,” Rubio declared, highlighting the severe underestimation of the crisis by prior administrations and the urgent need to address the reality on the ground.

“The answer to your question is yes,” Rubio affirmed. “We cannot absorb 25, 30 million people who entered this country illegally. What country on earth would tolerate that? We don’t even know who most of these people are.” Rubio’s remarks underscore the critical importance of national security and the impracticality of vetting individuals from nations with unreliable documentation systems. He pointed out that many of these individuals are coming from countries where there is no reliable way to ascertain their backgrounds, posing significant risks to the safety and security of American citizens.

Rubio continued, “Unfortunately, we’ll have to do something dramatic to remove people from this country that are here illegally, especially people we know nothing about. Ten million, 11 million was the number 15 years ago. Today, it’s upwards of 25, 30 million, maybe more.” This stark depiction of the situation reflects a deep frustration with the federal government’s failure to enforce immigration laws and protect the nation’s borders.

The Senator’s call for action is a rallying cry for those who view the current situation not as mere immigration but as a “mass migration” and “invasion.” “This is not immigration. You asked me about immigration. This is mass migration, mass migration. This an invasion of the country, and it needs to be dealt with dramatically,” Rubio asserted. His use of such strong language underscores the urgency and gravity with which he and his supporters view the issue.

From a conservative perspective, the influx of illegal immigrants represents not only a breach of national sovereignty but also a direct threat to the economic and social stability of the country. Many argue that illegal immigrants take jobs away from American citizens, drain public resources, and increase crime rates. Rubio’s stance resonates with a significant portion of the American electorate who are increasingly alarmed by these impacts.

Rubio’s statements also reflect a broader conservative sentiment that the U.S. must regain control of its borders to preserve the nation’s identity and values. The proposed mass deportation plan represents a dramatic shift towards stricter enforcement policies that prioritize the sovereignty and safety of American citizens above all else. Rubio and his supporters argue that the rule of law must be restored and that illegal immigrants must face the consequences of their actions.

Rubio’s supporters herald him as a bold and necessary voice in the Senate, willing to tackle one of America’s most pressing issues head-on. They praise his unwavering commitment to securing the borders and protecting American jobs and resources from the strain of illegal immigration. Many conservatives view Rubio as a champion of the rule of law and a defender of American sovereignty, seeing his strong stance on immigration as essential to the nation’s future.

With the 2024 elections approaching, Rubio’s staunch stance on immigration is likely to play a pivotal role in shaping the Republican platform. His alignment with Trump’s hardline policies signals a continued commitment to addressing what many conservatives view as one of the most pressing challenges facing the nation today. As the debate over immigration heats up, Rubio’s call for dramatic action will undoubtedly galvanize those who believe that the time for half-measures and leniency has long passed. The future of America, they argue, depends on decisive and unwavering action to secure its borders and uphold the rule of law.

Rubio’s clear and uncompromising position on illegal immigration is a beacon of hope for many who feel that their concerns have been ignored for too long. His advocacy for mass deportation and stringent border control measures reassures his base that he is committed to protecting the American way of life. As the nation prepares for the 2024 elections, Rubio’s vision for a secure and sovereign America will likely inspire and mobilize voters who demand robust action against the illegal immigration crisis.


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Radical Dems Go to Bat for Traitor Johnson Over Ukraine


In a recent appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA) sparked controversy with his unexpected declaration of support for House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), despite glaring ideological disparities. Khanna’s surprising endorsement emerged in the aftermath of Speaker Johnson’s contentious facilitation of a foreign aid package, which included provisions for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, and passed through Congress under his guidance.

During his conversation with host Jonathan Karl, Khanna’s remarks seemed to laud Speaker Johnson’s leadership, citing vague notions of civility and procedural fairness. However, this endorsement from a Democratic representative inevitably raises doubts about Speaker Johnson’s commitment to conservative principles and his integrity as a leader within the conservative movement.

Conservative circles have traditionally approached issues of foreign aid with caution, particularly when it involves nations like Ukraine, and have advocated for a policy of non-interventionism. Speaker Johnson’s forceful promotion of such a package, seemingly at odds with these foundational conservative beliefs, inevitably begs the question of his fidelity to the conservative cause and his willingness to compromise on core values for political expediency.

Khanna’s unexpected alignment with Speaker Johnson exposes a troubling trend within conservative leadership, where the steadfast commitment to conservative principles is often sacrificed in pursuit of personal ambition and political pragmatism. By throwing his support behind Speaker Johnson, Khanna inadvertently highlights the erosion of conservative values within the movement and the growing influence of moderate voices willing to dilute conservative principles for the sake of compromise.

As the debate over Speaker Johnson’s future continues, Khanna’s endorsement serves as a poignant reminder of the challenges facing the conservative movement, torn between its ideological roots and the allure of centrist compromise. Whether Speaker Johnson’s actions will have lasting repercussions for conservative leadership remains uncertain, but Khanna’s endorsement has undoubtedly reignited a fierce debate over the movement’s identity and its commitment to upholding conservative values amidst internal discord and external pressures.



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Nikki Haley Donors Flock to Biden Campaign


In a stunning display of political opportunism and disloyalty, former supporters of Nikki Haley’s Republican primary campaign have shamelessly defected to Joe Biden’s camp as the presidential election looms. This egregious betrayal not only underscores the depth of moral bankruptcy within certain segments of the GOP but also highlights the duplicitous nature of individuals willing to sacrifice their conservative values for personal gain.

With Donald Trump securing the GOP nomination for November’s presidential election, the stage is set for a fiery rematch between the incumbent Biden and the formidable Trump. However, the Machiavellian maneuvers of former Haley donors reveal a troubling trend of self-serving treachery within the Republican Party.

Haley, once touted as a rising star within the conservative movement, suspended her primary campaign earlier this month following Super Tuesday. Yet, rather than rallying behind the Republican nominee, some of her erstwhile backers have shamelessly switched their allegiance to Biden, driven by a toxic combination of ego and ambition.

Media mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, along with other prominent donors who had previously supported Haley, have now pledged their support to Biden, betraying not only their former candidate but also the core principles of conservatism. Their actions demonstrate a callous disregard for the values of limited government, individual liberty, and fiscal responsibility that define the Republican Party.

Rufus Gifford, Biden’s campaign finance chair, has openly admitted to actively courting Haley supporters to join the Democratic cause. This brazen attempt to poach conservative donors underscores the cynicism and opportunism that pervade Biden’s campaign, as he seeks to exploit divisions within the GOP for his own political gain.

While Biden may hypocritically extend an olive branch to Haley supporters, his true intentions are clear: to co-opt and neutralize any opposition to his radical agenda of socialist policies and big government intervention. Those who align themselves with Biden are not only betraying their former candidate but also betraying the conservative movement and the millions of Americans who stand for freedom and prosperity.

In contrast, President Trump has made it abundantly clear that there is no room for turncoats within the MAGA movement. His steadfast commitment to America-first policies and conservative principles has earned him the loyalty and support of millions of patriotic Americans who refuse to compromise their values for political expediency.

As the battle lines are drawn for the upcoming election, conservatives must remain vigilant against the insidious influence of traitors within their own ranks. Nikki Haley’s turncoats may seek to undermine the conservative movement, but they will ultimately be remembered as opportunists who sold their souls for a fleeting moment of political relevance.

In the words of President Trump, “We don’t want them, and will not accept them.” It is time for true conservatives to stand united behind the only candidate capable of defending our values and leading our nation forward: Donald J. Trump. Anything less would be a betrayal of everything we hold dear as Americans.

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