Trump Pulls Out Of CPAC

Donald Trump had been scheduled to speak at CPAC at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

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Donald Trump has pulled out of the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, opting to campaign in Kansas and Florida instead.

 

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.

While Trump had spoken at past CPAC events, his speaking slot this time drew backlash from conservative critics who had accused event organizers of being in the tank for the Manhattan real-estate magnate. Trump accepted his invitation within 15 minutes after Schlapp emailed it to him, while other candidates dithered on participation.

POLITICO reported Wednesday that Trump has donated more than $100,000 to the ACU, including a $50,000 check in 2015.

On Thursday, National Review reported on efforts to stage a walkout during Trump's speech, coming from a tri-corn hat-wearing CPAC attendee named William Temple. “We’re having massive walkout on Saturday when [Trump] comes to speak,” Temple, who also led a walkout on Jeb Bush's speech in 2015, told the outlet. “We already have over 300 people who are going to get up at one time to go the bathroom.”

“We’re not going to put up with him,” Temple continued, according to the report. “He reminds me of Mussolini — he was quoting Mussolini the other day and didn’t even know it. But this man is totally consumed with self. He wants glory. He wants to be seen as this potentate that everyone he loves. He can’t stand it if anyone opposes him.”

By Bradley Hayes 04/03/2016 12:52:00