The Guardian's take on this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is that it vaguely resembled The Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
Donald Trump has created a Born Again GOP, made in his own divine image.
Do you remember I started running and people would say, ‘Are you sure he’s a conservative?’” an exultant US president asked the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday.
“I think now we’ve proved that I’m a conservative, right?”
Or perhaps more accurately, the conservatives gathered in the cavernous ballroom proved they are all Trumpians now. There were “Make America Great Again” caps, raucous chants of “Lock her up!” and “Build that wall!” and loud boos for the demons of the left. Old-school Republicans were thin on the ground, usurped by a crowd that included young and sometimes rowdy students.
There was also the former White House adviser and conspiracy theorist Sebastian Gorka, who roamed the corridors basking in attention when not shoving a reporter.
On Thursday, Wayne LaPierre, the head of the National Rifle Association, sought to reject post-Parkland demands for gun control with a speech couched in Trumpian language that savaged elites, the media, anti-fascist protesters, Hollywood, George Soros and the FBI.
It seems that America has succumbed to a new, radical rightwing GOP. The extremist fringe has in its grip the now unified Republican government and, through its hold on the executive, congressional and judicial branches, has America's throat in its claws. Can it be any wonder that so many veteran Republican legislators are choosing to take their leave?
How do you think this ends?