Less than 24 hours after the Fox News debate on Thursday night, Donald Trump canceled his scheduled speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which drew a variety of responses among conservatives. CPAC’s official Twitter sent out a tweet saying, “Very disappointed @realDonaldTrump has decided at the last minute to drop out of #CPAC — his choice sends a clear message to conservatives.”
That it did.
General attendees pay around $300 to be at CPAC, and that money may be pocket change to Donald Trump, but to many attending, that meant a sacrifice. Many responded to Trump’s decision with the hashtag #NeverTrump and expressed gratitude that he wouldn’t be gracing CPAC with his presence. Another Twitter user, by the name of @huitecouture, said they “don’t blame him” because of the “audience of hatred.”
While there are a lot of Trump supporters here, wearing “Make America Great Again” hats, there is also a vocal opposition who erupted in applause during Mark Levin’s speech that took jab after jab at Trump.
One attendee said that it sends a strong message, whether good or bad, “when the frontrunner of the Republican Party ditches the biggest conservative gathering of the year.”
So, will Trump’s cancellation change the minds that rest under the “Make America Great Again” hats, or will they continue to stand behind The Donald? Time will tell.