Anti-Trump Republicans Largely Absent from CPAC 2021

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The Conservative Political Action Conference of 2021 remains active and ongoing. The annual gathering this year has many top Republicans, conservative commentators, and other right-wingers who are delivering public speeches and having political conversations.

Many big names in the Republican Party from Ron DeSantis, Tomi Lahren, Donald Trump Jr., and others have spoken at CPAC. Tomorrow, on the final day of the annual conference, former President Trump will also be delivering remarks of his own.

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Despite the robust CPAC this year, there are some notable absences in attendees. Some of the absent conservatives simply declined invitations to appear; however, there is a common theme in those Republicans who are not at CPAC 2021, Newsmax documents.

Republicans Left Out of CPAC 2021

The Republicans who are notably absent from CPAC 2021 are former Vice President Mike Pence, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, GOP Sen. Mitt Romney, House GOP Conference chair Liz Cheney, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, GOP Sen. Rand Paul, and Republican Governors Phil Scott, Larry Hogan, and Charlie Baker.

Pence and Haley declined invitations to attend CPAC 2021, as did Sen. Paul. However, unlike Pence and Paul, Haley has been openly critical of Trump since Biden’s presidency. Days ago, reports surfaced that Haley sought a meeting with the former president after criticizing him, but Trump ultimately declined.

Sens. Romney and McConnell, despite being Republicans, have also remained openly critical of Trump, as have the three aforementioned GOP governors and Rep. Cheney. Barring the former vice president and Sen. Paul, the other notable absences are of individuals who’ve been openly anti-Trump.

Bringing the Republican Party Together

Countless surveys and polls confirm that a vast majority of Republicans are supportive of former President Trump. Likewise, many GOP members believe that Trump will play a pivotal role in bringing the Republican Party together.

With the 2022 midterm elections coming up, many Republicans are looking for Trump to play a role in helping Republicans get elected. This means campaigning on their behalf and giving endorsements. Just last month, the GOP House Minority Leader sat down with Trump to broker a deal on help in the midterm races.

CPAC 2021 will conclude tomorrow with remarks from the 45th president. Many Americans and CPAC attendees are looking forward to hearing Trump’s speech; it will be his very first public appearance since departing from the White House in January.

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