CPAC will host Trump, Viktor Orbán, Steve Bannon and more
Former President Trump, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and former White House strategist Steve Bannon are among the figures who will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference, also known as CPAC, this week in Dallas, Texas.
Starting Thursday, the conference, organized by the American Conservative Union, will continue until Sunday, with the former president due to speak as the keynote speaker on Saturday.
Launched in 1974, CPAC describes itself as the largest gathering of conservatives in the world. The organization held events in Tel Aviv, Mexico City, Sydney and Tokyo this year.
Other personalities scheduled to speak at the event include Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Ohio Senate candidate JD Vance, Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Rep. Jim Jordan and former governor of Alaska and now a candidate for Congress. Sarah Palin, among others.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, considered a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, will deliver a speech at the How We Fight conference on Thursday afternoon.
The controversial European leader has pushed restrictive immigration policies and faced backlash for Remarks decried as racist, anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic.
Orbán’s appearance in Texas comes after he was recently criticized for a speech he gave in Romania, where he denounced the “mixing of races”. The Hungarian leader described how Europeans should avoid mixing with non-Europeans because “we don’t want to become mixed-race people”.
Following these remarks, one of Orbán’s advisers, Zsuzsa Hegedüs, resigned from her government due to what she called Orbán’s “illiberal turn”, calling his comments “pure Nazi text.” “.
Orbán was the first European leader to endorse Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016 and visited Trump at the White House in 2019. Former President Trump met with the Hungarian leader on Tuesday ahead of his appearance.
“Great to hang out with my friend, Viktor Orbán, the Prime Minister of Hungary. We discussed many interesting topics – few people know so much about what’s going on in the world today,” Trump said in a statement. statement tuesday. “We were also celebrating his big election victory in April.”
Trump endorsed Orbán in January, and former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon called the Hungarian leader “Trump before Trump,” in a speech in Budapest in 2018.
Orbán’s headline raised concerns that Republicans are embracing an autocrat who has been criticized for undermining democratic institutions and consolidating power in his own county.
His invitation to CPAC reflects growing conservative support for Hungary’s far-right leader who has implemented tough policies against immigration and LGBTQ rights and is governed by one-party rule.
Speaking to The New York Times, CPAC spokesperson Alex Pfeiffer defended Orbán’s attendance at the conference, saying the group supports “the open exchange of ideas” and called the Hungarian leader a ” People’s Leader in his third consecutive term”.
Matt Schlapp, president of CPAC, recently told Bloomberg, “Let’s hear the man talk.
Spectrum News has contacted CPAC for comment.
CPAC will also conduct a straw poll on the Republican presidential nomination this week. Former President Trump will be on a ballot, joined by 20 other Republicans considered potential candidates for the White House in the 2024 election. Everyone who attends the CPAC event will be able to vote for their favorite candidate.
Other names on the list include Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who will not appear on CPAC, Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
A mock poll was taken at a CPAC event in Orlando in Februarywhere Trump got 59% of the vote, with Governor DeSantis in second place with 28%.