Published: Fri, February 24, 2017
National | By Miranda Cannon

Facebook Tries to Woo Conservatives at CPAC

"There is a sinister organisation that is trying to worm its way into our ranks and we must not be duped", American Conservative Union director Dan Schneider told attendees.

"Just a few years ago, this hate-filled left-wing fascist group hijacked the very term 'alt-right, '" Schneider declared.

"They are anti-Semites. They are racists", he said.

Whether Republicans and Trump can come to terms over such issues will help determine how much real change they can effect in Washington, and how the voters treat them in two years in the mid-term elections, when ruling parties normally lose ground. Up until he was hired as Trump's campaign manager in August, he was executive chair of Breitbart News, which he described as "the platform for the alt-right" during the Republican National Convention in July 2016.

The tentative purges are a sign of the challenges conservatives face in policing the outer boundaries of their movement as Trump takes the GOP in a more nationalist direction.

He had earlier held forth with reporters inside the event.

A spokesman for CPAC said that the unabashedly racist "alt-right" leader was removed because organizers viewed him as "repugnant", according to NBC News.

Schneider laid out his personal philosophy in a brief statement, defining conservatism as "the political philosophy that sovereignty resides in the person".

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"They hate the Constitution. They hate pluralism", Schneider said.

While Trump has been a featured speaker at CPAC and has donated to the ACU over the years, conservative activists vigorously fought his nomination.

Another speaker Thursday was Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser in the Trump administration, who said "Tomorrow, this will be TPAC" - in replacing the "C" in the acronym with "T" for Trump. "On the Right, you have more individual freedom and liberty, and less intrusive government". "You ask 10 people what you are for and you get five different answers", Deace said.

"He earned the nomination in a way that was bottom-up, instead of top-down". "All of that is a way of stopping free speech".

Referring to an incident on a street at the January 20 inauguration of President Donald Trump in Washington D.C., in which an unidentified assailant punched him in the side of the head mid-interview, Spencer said he felt "welcome" at the conservative conference held in National Harbor, Maryland, from Wednesday to Saturday, because "nobody's punching" him, according to reporters.

Vice President Mike Pence, a longtime conservative favorite, speaks Thursday night. Ted Cruz, discussed implementing Trump policies.

"Because of this, he will not be able to speak at CPAC as he has done for many consecutive years", the campaign said in a statement that now looks oddly prescient. In a straw poll, 40 percent selected him as their preferred candidate compared with 15 percent for Trump.

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