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CPAC 2021 organizers begged attendees to wear masks — and got booed

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    One of the most enduring clips from the 2020 Conservative Political Action Conference was Mick Mulvaney dismissing the coronavirus pandemic as a media-driven “attempt to bring down the president.

    ” More than 500,000 deaths and a year later, the first full day of the CPAC 2021 in Orlando, Florida, illustrated how little conservatives have learned.

    Throughout the day on Friday, speakers characterized the coronavirus — which continues to claim more than 2,000 lives each day in the US — as something that only liberal wimps worry about or, more nefariously, as little more than a pretext Democratic public officials have used to shut down businesses and schools.

    This type of rhetoric might seem absurd to people who take science and public health seriously, but it doesn’t to CPAC attendees.

    One of the most memorable scenes from Friday’s festivities came early on, when event officials had to take to the stage and beg people to respect “private property rights” and “the rule of law” by wearing masks while walking around the hotel where the conference is being held.

    CPAC officials have to remind attendees to please, for the love of God, comply with the hotel’s rules and wear a mask.

    Unhappy people in the audience yell ‘freedom!’ pic.

    The speakers who came before and after that incident demonstrated that enduring a year-long pandemic hasn’t motivated conservatives to take basic public health practices more seriously.

    Singing in church was linked with superspreader events in the early days of the pandemic last spring, so public health experts recommended against it, and some states banned it (until a Supreme Court ruling in November found such bans to be unconstitutional).

    Tom Cotton mocked Maryland officials for state public health guidelines that ended up prohibiting CPAC from having the conference in its usual location just outside Washington, DC.

    In hindsight, CPAC 2020 was one of the earliest indicators that Republicans would politicize public health responses to the coronavirus pandemic by framing any measure that closed businesses or schools as an impingement on their personal freedoms.

    That mentality went on to infuse a reelection campaign in which Trump spread disease and misinformation across the country at rallies that made a mockery of basic public health measures.

    It’s still Trump’s party in more ways than one Beyond making a mockery of coronavirus, another big theme from Friday was speakers pushing the same lies about the 2020 election and inspired the January 6 insurrection.

    Wayne Dupree, a conspiracy theorist who once claimed the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting was a false flag, used a panel discussion to try to blame antifa and Black Lives Matter for an insurrection that was perpetrated by Trump supporters.

    Later, a panel discussion that was entirely devoted to “How Judges & Media Refused to Look at the Evidence” of election fraud had to be interrupted on Right Side Broadcasting’s CPAC stream so hosts could distance themselves from the panelists claims.

    Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 26, 2021 And, of course, the day was infused with lots of culture war grievances about everything from social media companies having the temerity to fact-check Trump to Mr.

    Like it was last year, CPAC 2021 is a cultish celebration of Donald Trump that will be headlined with a speech by the former president — an embodiment of a movement that stands for little more than owning the libs.