Less than a day after the heated Fox News presidential debate, conservative businessman Donald J. Trump made a stunning announcement: He won’t be attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the largest annual gathering of conservatives.
The American Conservative Union tweeted this sad news about the unexpected decision by Trump and his presidential campaign:
— CPAC (@CPAC) March 4, 2016
Trump has donated more than $100,000 to the ACU, but just embarrassed the leading conservative union in a big way.
As Politico reported:
The Trump campaign released a statement to reporters announcing that it would be in “Witchita, Kanasas [sic] for a major rally on Saturday prior to Caucus.”
“He will also be speaking at the Kansas Caucus and then departing for Orlando, Florida and a crowd of approximately 20,000 people or more,” the campaign said. “Because of this, he will not be able to speak at CPAC as he has done for many consecutive years.”
“Mr. Trump would like to thank [American Conservative Union Chairman] Matt Schlapp and all of the executives at CPAC and looks forward to returning to next year, hopefully as President of the United States,” the statement continued.
He had been scheduled to speak at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
Both Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ted Cruz will still speak as scheduled.
Twitter responded immediately:
Because he's NOT a grassroots Conservative!!! Trump backs out of CPAC https://t.co/AASHskOv93
— Alexa Alexander (@alexa_alexander) March 4, 2016
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) March 4, 2016
Trump is skipping CPAC. I assume this makes him a fake conservative and that @BreitbartNews is done with him, right?
— Seth (@dcseth) March 4, 2016
Donald Trump dropped out of his speech at CPAC. Was looking forward to seeing him 😒
— Rye Bread (@burch_ryan7) March 4, 2016
— Ken ن (@TheAgrarianist) March 4, 2016
— Sandra Ray (@mar_bull) March 4, 2016
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