— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) February 22, 2018
… and this year, they have a drum major!
Remember when we could laugh at these creeps, grifters, bloviators, and post-college hopefuls trolling on Craigslists’ M4M?
CPAC 2018, Feb 22nd:
10:35 AM Mike Pence
11:35 AM Marion Le Pen
12:30 PM Don McGahn
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) February 19, 2018
I want a better acronym than “Clowns Pandering to Aging Christofascists”. Any suggestions?
One extremely promising-for-parodists panel has already been cancelled…
This is going to be the wildest CPAC panel by far pic.twitter.com/Qe9fXrVg2w
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) February 20, 2018
The Conservative Political Action Conference hasn’t even started and a snafu is once again stealing the limelight ahead of the annual event.
News of the last-minute chaos emerged on Wednesday morning when Pamela Geller, the radical anti-Muslim activist who was organizing a discussion on the “suppression of conservative views on social media,” canceled her event over being asked by the American Principles Project, the organization sponsoring the panel, to remove Jim Hoft as a speaker after he spread conspiracy theories about a student survivor of last week’s Florida shooting.
“APP made Hoft’s presence a make-or-break issue,” Geller said in an email to CNN. “I was not prepared to drop a speaker from a free speech panel because leftists have chosen him as their next target.”
It’s the third consecutive year CPAC has been marred by controversy before even starting. Last year, right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was scrapped as a keynote speaker when it was revealed he made comments that appeared to endorse pederasty (Yiannopoulos later said he used “imprecise language” and does not advocate illegal behavior). And the year before, then-candidate Donald Trump generated headlines when he abruptly decided to pull out of his planned speech…
Terry Schilling, executive director of the American Principle’s Project, told CNN he had contacted Geller on Tuesday night to tell her that, for such reasons, including Hoft would distract from the panel’s intent.
“Going after these kids is just completely unacceptable, and from my point of view, it was going to take over the media coverage of the panel,” Schilling said.
Geller responded by scrapping the entire panel.
Schilling said he resents how Geller handled the matter.
“The thing that’s upsetting to me is that I did this directly with her. I was honest with her, I was direct with her,” Schilling said. “She decides to go to Breitbart on the radio this morning without even giving me a heads up.”
“It’s just crazy and it’s why conservatives lose,” he added. “It’s because they’re all about personalities.”…
But not (as of right now) LaPierre’s “surprise appearance” (speaking of religious nutters):
The Left has proven that they want to both silence and disarm those they disagree with. Wayne LaPierre of the @NRA will take the fight to them LIVE from the #CPAC2018 stage in just 8 days. #ATimeForAction pic.twitter.com/VMSrYjnmld
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 13, 2018
Organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) are keeping the name of a top National Rifle Association (NRA) executive off its official schedule amid criticism of the group after the death of 17 people in a school shooting in Florida…
The NRA is a major sponsor of the annual event, hosted by the American Conservative Union. LaPierre has regularly appeared at the major conservative gathering over the years, where he has rebuffed calls for increased gun control.
LaPierre will still speak at this year’s conference, but organizers are unsure if they will give advance notice of his speech ahead of time, according to the Examiner…