CPAC is the testing ground for MAGA’s dangerous ideas

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If you, like most of the country, tuned out from following last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), we can’t say we blame you. Considered the country’s largest annual meeting of conservatives, Republican elected officials, leaders, and acolytes met to give a platform to extremists like Marjorie Taylor Greene, Jim Jordan, Lauren Boebert, and Donald Trump.

Maybe you heard about it as a punchline on late-night TV, or saw photos of rows of empty chairs on Twitter. The media coverage has framed this as simply a fringe group that’s losing relevance and power. But we know MAGA is as strong as ever in the Republican Party, and the ideas they pushed are anything but funny:

As journalist Molly Jong-Fast said, “CPAC, like with Donald Trump, you ignore them at your own peril.” This is a testing ground for the party’s future policy, and the ideas being floated today become tomorrow’s policy. This isn’t just rhetoric to energize their base — there’s legislation on these issues moving right now in states across the country, and in some states it has already been signed into law.

Trump dominated all of the other 2024 hopefuls in the infamous CPAC straw poll, but whether or not you think he will become the nominee, the MAGA ideology is the core of the Republican Party: authoritarianism, cruelty, and intolerance. By minimizing CPAC’s impact in their coverage, the media is normalizing the MAGA agenda — just like they did for Trump’s candidacy in 2016. But we now know how this ends, and we know how dangerous this truly is.

We have much more to say about the work ahead to defeat MAGA in 2024, so stay tuned for a major update on our plans tomorrow.

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If CPAC reminded us of anything, it is that MAGA extremism is still the central ideology of the modern Republican party. Keep on the lookout for more information tomorrow about our next steps to fight back!



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