Donald Trump is the Winner of CPAC, But is That What We Want? 

Joseph Sohm /

CPAC is done and over – and there were some incredible speakers. We heard from people like Ron DeSantis, Donald Trump, Jr., and even Tulsi Gabbard. Throughout all of the speeches, there was one consistent message: We have to win back America. 

The liberals are trying to push the country away from things like democracy and capitalism – and if they are allowed to win, it means that there will be more government overreach, more mandates, and a total loss of innovation. 

One voice rang out louder than the rest – former President Donald Trump. While it’s unclear as to whether he’ll run for president again in 2024, he has the support of many of the CPAC attendees. 

In a straw poll that was conducted, Trump won 59 percent of the support. As pollster Jim McLaughlin said, “So much for him fading.” In fact, he managed to pick up four percent more than during the straw poll at last year’s CPAC. 

Trump has become synonymous with fighting against the liberal agenda. He doesn’t believe in censorship – and even found himself banned from both Facebook and Twitter. He said what was on his mind and he proved time and again that he wasn’t going to be bullied. 

Ron DeSantis is the only other person at CPAC who managed to rally any significant support at 28 percent. All of the other candidates, such as Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Kristi Noem shared the 13 percent that Trump and DeSantis left behind. 

While Trump was a capable president who didn’t show weakness as Biden has shown, there’s a significant amount of drama that follows him. The Democrats wouldn’t let their fight against him go for the entire four years that he was in the Oval Office. Rather than fighting for the country, he was fighting against impeachment campaigns. 

Then, there’s the drama that surrounds the January 6 riots, commonly referred to as the “Insurrection.” 

That kind of drama may not what we want to invite into the White House all over again. Yes, Trump was able to do amazing things – though Biden has destroyed them all. 

We didn’t have the kind of illegal immigration that we do now. We didn’t have the high gas prices that we have now. It’s easy to say that it was a lot easier to tolerate a few mean tweets here and there than it is to tolerate the complete ignorance that is pouring out of the Biden White House. 

During the CPAC polls that were conducted, attendees were given one that didn’t include Trump. That’s when DeSantis was the overwhelming favorite at 61 percent. Pompeo and Donald Trump, Jr. tied for second place with six percent. 

One attendee, Christina Kasten, expressed her concern: “I would love it if it was Trump. My concern is if he would be so polarizing. I don’t want DeSantis to run because he is our governor and we would lose our state to the blue.” 

This is likely the issue that many will have. Trump would be great as a president, but he is polarizing. And a vote for DeSantis as president leaves the state vulnerable to a Democratic governor. 

So, at this point, we have to wait to see if Trump is even going to run. By the time the 2024 elections roll around, he’ll be 78. If we’ve learned anything, it’s that older presidents aren’t always the most capable. Sure, Trump isn’t dealing with dementia, but we need a powerhouse to show off to the rest of the world. 

Perhaps DeSantis or even Trump, Jr are better-suited for the role.