Trump gets thumbs down at conservative CPAC

March 5, 2016 9:44 am
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Trump, who has won 10 of the first 15 statewide contests in the Republican primary race, has promised all-out war against Democrat Hillary Clinton in the general election/AFP
Trump, who has won 10 of the first 15 statewide contests in the Republican primary race, has promised all-out war against Democrat Hillary Clinton in the general election/AFP
OXON HILL, United States, Mar 5 – Ben Williams played bagpipes at the funeral of conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia last month. On Friday, the retired schoolteacher urged a Republican resurrection that would prevent Donald Trump from becoming the party flag bearer.

Trump, the celebrity billionaire who has enthralled and distressed the US political world, has qualities that would be “disastrous in a president,” Williams told AFP at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the country’s largest grassroots gathering for right-wing activists.

Arrogance, impetuosity and vulgarity, to name a few.

Overview
  • Trump, who has won 10 of the first 15 statewide contests in the Republican primary race, has promised all-out war against Democrat Hillary Clinton in the general election.
  • But before taking her on, he must woo his own party, and among the die-hard activists gathering near Washington, he appears to be losing the battle.

“For the right wing of the party, no” he is not conservative enough, said Williams, who, dressed in a kilt to honor Scottish American month, played his bagpipes for dignitaries and young activists alike.

His view appeared to be in the majority at CPAC, where cheers rang out when it was announced that Trump, the real estate mogul on a glide path to the Republican nomination, had cancelled his scheduled Saturday appearance here.

“I don’t think he’s on the conservative spectrum,” said Brent Tidwell, 29, a Young Republicans volunteer at CPAC.

“I think he saw there was a need and an interest in certain conservative ideas, and espoused them because they were convenient.”

Trump, who has won 10 of the first 15 statewide contests in the Republican primary race, has promised all-out war against Democrat Hillary Clinton in the general election.

But before taking her on, he must woo his own party, and among the die-hard activists gathering near Washington, he appears to be losing the battle.

“So Donald Trump is skipping CPAC,” his arch-conservative rival for the nomination Senator Ted Cruz said as he took the stage.

“He was told there were conservatives that were going to be here!” the senator said to a huge roar.

“Never Trump!” a man shouted from the audience, repeating a phrase that has become a popular Twitter hashtag signalling disgust at the rise of the controversial political outsider.

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