Conservative Columnist Endorses Extremist C-PAC Rival
Conservative Repubs. are being recruited by even more extremist groups? Maybe, if the example of well-known conservative columnist Michelle Malkin tells us anything. She is the speaker at the White Supremacist conference this year!
". . . the Conservative Political Action Conference, the annual mega-confab for all things Trump . . . will face a racist rival conference at an undisclosed location nearby: the “America First Political Action Conference,” featuring two speakers who marched in the white supremacist Charlottesville rally in 2017.
Ordinarily, a gathering this fringe wouldn’t mean much for the right—except for the fact that Michelle Malkin, one of the most prominent conservative columnists in the country, is also speaking. . . .
The backstory here is that a particularly online section of the right has been riven for the past few months between “groypers”—the white nationalist activists and their fellow travelers—and more establishment conservative elements like Charlie Kirk’s Turning Point USA and the organizers of CPAC.
Organized around white nationalist Nick Fuentes, the “groypers”—who take their name from an obese toad version of Pepe the Frog—started showing up at Turning Point events. . . . They claimed that Crenshaw and his allies aren’t conservative enough. . . .
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Now Malkin, who had a headlining speech at CPAC just last year, is positioning the racist AFPAC variation as the real conservative conference. She’ll appear at the event alongside Fuentes, a Holocaust denier, and Patrick Casey, the leader of a white nationalist group that rebranded after its internal chat logs leaked. Malkin’s appearance at AFPAC raises the embarrassing possibility that plenty of CPAC attendees will head over to AFPAC on Friday night, linking the conservative movement’s leading conference with white nationalists."
So, the conservative movement may be splintering up. I'd dismiss that news with a dismissive "too bad," were it not for the possibility that it is moving further right--towards White Supremacism--which Trump has already been dabbling in, via Steve Bannon and others. We don't need this country leaning more and more right--and further right yet!