Meghan McCain appeared on “The View” Thursday and stated that her late father John McCain was never invited or spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), but video footage shows that he spoke at the conservative gathering in 2008.
“It’s funny you just said we are still here because I keep sending the meme of the Matrix saying, we are still here, and that’s how I keep saying to my friends who are conservatives and not trumpers. We are still here. We’re a faction of the party, and we’re strong and we represent a part of the party that are angry and confused and want a different direction than the Trump insurrection segment of the party, but unfortunately, that part of the party is still very alive and strong,” she lamented.
“I’m fascinated by CPAC. It’s a really important, significant event for conservatives. It used to be kind of like a policy event where the future of the Republican Party platform was focused on, and, you know, interesting exchanges of ideas from thought leaders. It has turned more into a performative show pony event,” McCain critically stated.
“President Trump came out strong opening in 2014. Matt Schlapp gave him this amazing platform to come out and really present himself as a politician which led him to the White House. Some other people that are speaking including Ron DeSantis, Kristi Noem, Nikki Haley, people who want to run for president in 2024, and I think it’s going to be more about who can gather this specific audience which are media people, MAGA people, Trump people, people who work in all factions of conservative media, and their opinion on what happens this weekend is going to matter, and right now we’re struggling to see which factions of the tribe are going to be represented.” McCain told Whoopi Goldberg.
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She noted that CPAC is a magnet for the most conservative members of the Republican Party. McCain will be watching to see how each speaker is reacted to by the audience in attendance.
“My father never spoke at CPAC and he was never invited,” she emphatically stated. “So it’s not really been a place for more moderate people.” But video from C-SPAN shows her father speaking at CPAC in 2008. That was the year he was running as a Republican presidential candidate.
“Thank you for inviting me. It’s been a little while since I’ve had the honor of addressing you, and I appreciate very much your courtesy to me today,” John McCain said at the gathering. “We should do this more often. I hope you will pardon my absence last year, and understand that I intended no personal insult to any of you.”
“I was merely preoccupied with the business of trying to escape the distinction of pre-season frontrunner for the Republican nomination, which, I’m sure some of you observed, I managed to do in fairly short order,” he added. “But, now, I again have the privilege of that distinction, and this time I would prefer to hold on to it for a while.”
John McCain’s comments in 2008 were met with both cheers and boos from the conservative audience.
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