Some Republican leaders spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference
A gold-plated statue of Trump was unveiled Friday during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
Many prominent conservative lawmakers attended the conference, including Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton, and Josh Hawley, Steve Scalise, and Matt Getz.
The conference said Trump remains the leading political force among Republicans despite the events surrounding this January’s takeover of the Congressional Building.
“Donald Trump isn’t going anywhere,” said Senator Ted Cruz.
Congressman Matt Getz conceded that Trump will run for president in 2024: “Trump probably hasn’t fully drained the swamp – yet.”
Others at the conference speculated about other potential Republican presidential candidates.
Republican Senator Rick Scott, who has been named among the possible presidential candidates said that “Trump has flaws.” Scott stressed that Trump has rallied the working class around the Republican Party, but the party should not repeat past experiences: “Otherwise we will lose the election.”
Hawley, another of the possible candidates in the 2024 election, said the Republican Party represents “not the past, but the future of this country.”
Many high-profile Republicans did not attend this year’s event. They include former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and Congresswoman Liz Cheney.
Donald Trump himself is expected to speak at the conference on Sunday.