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Joanna Estrada
Февраля 27, 2021

Vox senior correspondent Zack Beauchamp argued that CPAC attendees seemingly "missed" the story of the golden calf in their reading, and overlooked the metaphor in their commitment to Trump as their icon, and in doing so "construct idols of him, literally, to stand up at their premier political conference".

Cruz, a potential 2024 candidate, did not condemn the attack on the Capitol, saying that the security fences that remain in place are nothing more than "political theater", even as Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman testified Thursday that there is evidence militia groups plan to "blow up" the Capitol when President Joe Biden delivers a speech to Congress.

And he is set to do so at the biggest event for America's political conservatives. The ex-president returns from political hiatus Sunday seeking to regain control of a Republican Party that is out of power and pondering whether the flawed billionaire can win again in 2024.

After going viral, the golden Trump statue at CPAC quickly drew comparisons to the biblical story of the golden calf from the Book of Exodus, which has largely been interpreted as an allegory for the dangers of worshiping false idols (like demagogues) in the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths.

Mr. Trump also faces legal challenges, with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office conducting a criminal investigation of his family-run Trump Organization.

They include former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri, and Governors Ron DeSantis of Florida and Kristi Noem of South Dakota.

Senator Lindsey Graham, one of Mr. Trump's closest allies in Congress, told reporters in the Capitol that he expected Mr. Trump to talk about his policy achievements, the drawbacks of Mr. Biden's approach to immigration and energy and to lay out a hopeful future for his "America First" agenda. Twitter users Molly Jong-Fast, an editor at large for The Daily Beast, posted her own (subsequently viral) commentary straight to the social media platform.

Brace yourself for Donald Trump 2.0, America.

But a Trump 2024 announcement may not come at CPAC, which starts Friday with panels on "cancel culture" and "protecting elections".

The conference, to be held in Florida, will feature prominent Republican politicians from around the country.

"I think there's a disconnect between the Washington DC Republican Party and where the base is - and the base is still with Trump", lobbyist John Feehery, who worked in House Republican leadership for 15 years, told AFP.

Mike Pence won't attend CPAC this year. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and others worry Trump will undermine the party's political future if he and his conspiracy theories continue to dominate Republican politics.

"We have just learned that someone we invited to CPAC has expressed reprehensible views that have no home with our conference or our organisation", CPAC said in a statement.

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