The 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was short on political ideas and long on lies about the election and the January 6th insurrection attempt. But the most prominent feature of CPAC was the blind worship of former President Donald J. Trump by every speaker and attendee. Virtually every minute of the four day conference featured endless praise of Trump. We were even treated to a golden statute of Trump. More on that to come.
A poll of CPAC attendees found that Trump enjoyed 97% approval of his time as President, with 87% expressing strong approval. Yet when the CPAC crowd was polled as to who they would support for President in 2024, Trump only received 55% support.
I would have guessed Trump would have received 80% of the support, maybe as high as 85%. Instead it now seems that a very large percentage of Trump's most fervent supporters do not want him as the 2024 nominee. That is news. Yuge news.
Trumpers who don't want Trump to run again most likely still want him to play kingmaker. But I cannot imagine any scenario in which Trump is fine ceding the spotlight to someone else while he works in the background pulling the strings. That is most definitely not Trump's nature.
I still don't believe Trump will go to the post in 2024 because he won't want to face the possibility, indeed the likelihood, of losing again. But given his love for attention and need for money, I can see him running for President before bowing out before the Iowa caucus.
Possibly the most bizarre event of the CPAC weekend was the appearance of the Golden Trump, a statue of the former President made in, of course, Mexico. CPAC attendees, many of whom no doubt fashion themselves as Christians, seemed oblivious to the comparison of the Golden Trump statute to the Golden Calf story in the Old Testament. Vox explains:
The Golden Calf is one of the most famous stories in the Old Testament. The Israelites, newly freed from Egyptian slavery, have a crisis of faith while God is speaking with Moses on Mount Sinai. They melt down the golden jewelry to construct a physical god — a statue in the shape of a calf — to worship in place of
their abstract, invisible deity. It’s a story about the allure of idolatry, how easy it is to abandon one’s commitments to principle in favor of shiny, easy falsehoods.
Photo Appeared in Vox Article on Golden Trump
I hate having to admit when liberal publications like Vox are right. Though I wouldn't be surprised to find out down the road that the Golden Trump statute, with its obvious biblical comparison to the Golden Calf, was a joke played on CPAC attendees.