The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) concluded its third day after speeches by various political heavyweights.
Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, withdrew from the day’s events, citing an “unexpected family problem.”
Here are four key moments from the day’s events:
Pompeo says China was ‘smiling’ when the United States re-entered the Paris Climate Agreement
“The Paris Agreement was a fantasy for elite diplomats who only wanted to make virtuous signals,” said former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “When President Biden re-entered this agreement, I can tell you that Xi Jinping was smiling every minute.”
“Since I last saw them, the Chinese have sanctioned me,” former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the crowd. “The Iranians don’t think much of me either.” China imposed sanctions on Trump administration officials for calling China’s actions against Uighur and Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region a “genocide.”
“The Biden team appears to be headed again to appease Iran. This will be a disaster for the United States of America and also for the region.”
Boebert says Democrats are ‘the party of no’
Representative Lauren Boebert, R-Colorado, said that while the Republican Party has a reputation as the “party of no,” it is actually the Democrats who embody the word.
“Republicans are called the party of no, but we say no to all of their no. They don’t want you to be able to protect yourself, they don’t want you to have freedom of expression, they don’t want you to have freedom of religion … they are the party We’re saying no, we’re saying a big ‘hell no’ to all of their no’s, “the passionate first-year lawmaker and gun rights activist told the crowd.
McCarthy predicts GOP will take majority in 2022
“It’s not a possibility, we’re going to win back the majority. We’re five seats away,” McCarthy said Saturday during a panel at CPAC.
“I’d bet my house … don’t tell my wife, but I’d bet it,” he said.
“This is the smallest majority Democrats have had in 100 years,” McCarthy said. Republicans won 12 seats in the 2020 election, and FiveThirtyEight predicted they are “on track” to win back the House in the next election.
Noem criticizes Fauci
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, a star attraction at Saturday’s event, said that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, is “very wrong.”
NOEM CAST A FAUCI, CONTRAST HIS HANDLING COVED WITH THAT OF CUOMO
“I don’t know if you agree with me, but Dr. Fauci is very wrong.” she said. Noem was the only governor who never closed deals to contain Covid-19. He said Fauci predicted his condition would fare much worse.
“In South Dakota, I provided all the information we had to our people, and then I was confident that they would make the best decisions for themselves. [on how to prevent the spread of the virus] for their families and, in turn, their communities, ”he said.
“We never focused on the case numbers. Instead we kept an eye on the hospital capacity. Now Dr. Fauci told me that on my worst day I would have ten thousand patients in the hospital on our worst day, we had a little more than six hundred “.
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Noem recalled being routinely criticized by the press and some Democrats as “misinformed, reckless, and even a ‘denier.” Some even claimed that South Dakota is ‘as bad as anywhere in the world’ when it comes to COVID-19 – that’s a lie, “he said.