The 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) took place on March 2-5 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. The annual right-wing gathering featured GOP presidential candidates such as Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, as well as conservative commentators and Republican political leaders. The conference agenda was brimming with the usual anti-LGBTQ, anti-choice, anti-climate fare.
- A Conversation on Religious Liberty and Marriage in America
- My Bible, My Choice: The State of Religious Liberty
- Climate Alarmism and How It's Fared in the Past
- Never Lose a Debate with a Global Warming Alarmist: Learn "Why Scientists Disagree About the Climate"
- Thank Goodness for Guns in America
- Hollywood, Media and Education: The Three Strongholds of the Left
- Countering the Global Jihad
- Europe in Chaos
- Are We Losing Our Humanity? Personhood from Womb to Tomb
Hilariously, CPAC workshop presenters are still convinced that right-wingers can woo millennials, people of color, and young women as part of a larger effort to "win back the culture."
Right. Sure. Whatever you say.
- Reaching the Female Youth Vote
- Engaging Millennials
- Talking to Minority Voters: Making the Case for Conservatives Nationally
- The Entertainment Gap: How Conservatives Can Win Back the Culture Through Books & Engagement in the Arts
The GOP's internal strife, the event's hypocrisy regarding guns, and accusations of racism and anti-Muslim sentiments have haunted CPAC for the past week. For your reading pleasure, here are some news and commentary pieces on 2016 CPAC.
Daily Beast: Right to Bear Arms? Not at CPAC 2016
Slate: CPAC Is Irrelevant
Time: Donald Trump Drops Out of Controversial CPAC Speech
The Atlantic: Taking a Stand—Sort Of—Against Trump at CPAC
NPR: Ted Cruz Rouses Crowd At CPAC Conference
Right Wing Watch: CPAC Welcomes Back Conspiracy Theorists
Washington Blade: ‘Smooth sailing’ for gay Republicans at CPAC
SPLC Hatewatch: Anti-Muslim Hate Group Invites European Racists to Speak at CPAC
SPLC Hatewatch: CPAC 2016 Recap – Anti-Muslim Commentary Galore