The annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) kicks off Wednesday at the National Harbor with Mike Pence, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Fox News host Sean Hannity are also scheduled to speak at the conservative event. Donald Trump will address attendees on Friday, for the second year in a row.
The event is popular among conservatives, and thousands are expected to attend.
In 2017, Trump made his first appearance at the conference where he was greeted with chants of his name and “USA”. His attendance was interesting for some, considering he hasn’t always been a CPAC favorite. But as president of the United States and leader of the Republican Party, many who attended said it made sense; and was necessary.
In 2016, Donald Trump pulled out of a planned CPAC appearance due to backlash from some conservatives who had issue with many publicized comments he made during the presidential run. In fact, tea party activists threatened a walkout if Trump attended. Trump remarked last year he didn’t attend because, “I was worried that I would be, at that time, too controversial. We wanted border security. We wanted very, very strong military. We wanted all of the things that we’re going to get, and people consider that controversial.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), White House counsel Don McGahn, former Sheriff David Clarke and French conservative leader Marion Mar chal-Le Pen, are among others who are expected to attend.
Perhaps border security isn’t so controversial, with Marion Maréchal-Le Pen speaking. The former member of the French Parliament is considered to be a strong supporter of border security in France.
She told the The Washington Post:
“The multicultural model defended by our elite is a model that doesn’t work,” Maréchal-Le Pen told The Post’s James McAuley. “This model is at the source of the development of terrorism and radical Islam.”
Her views might seem more conservative than Trump’s (he says he supports legal immigration), Other conservatives like Republican strategist Tara Setmayer, and Glenn Beck objected to Maréchal-Le Pen.
Either way, CPAC is expected to be well-attended, and well-televised. A complete list can be found here.