CPAC Chairman Matt Schlapp Greets Liberal Media At Annual Event, But Stops Asking Them About Mitt Romney

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ORLANDO, Florida. — The annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) typically includes members of the liberal media who try to cause scenes, mock attendees, and harass Republican lawmakers and other high-profile speakers — but CPAC’s chairman , Matt Schlapp, doesn’t seem to care.

Schlapp, who rubbed his hands jokingly as if chomping at the bit to discuss mainstream media, said liberal critics just couldn’t help themselves.


Mercedes and Matt Schlapp spoke with Fox News Digital backstage at CPAC in Orlando, Florida.
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“The thing is, we’re putting on this big show, we’re putting on this interesting conversation, and they’re all coming. And they hate the fact that they have to come, but the thing is, a lot of news is being made here,” Schlapp said. Fox News Digital from its private Green Room backstage at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando as the conference was broadcast on screens throughout the room.

“There’s no other conference like this in the world. We’re the world’s largest annual Conservative conference on politics, and now we’re having two in this country, and we’re having them at the stranger,” Schlapp said.

The weekend’s event featured everything from CBS News reporter Robert Costa confronting the event’s controversial figures to Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” correspondent Jordan Klepper attempting to trick attendees into making comments. unflattering that will presumably air on the liberal comedy program. Other mainstream journalists harassed Schlapp throughout the event.

“I would just say to the liberal media who keep pestering me about why we are so divided as a movement, it’s so obvious we’re not,” Schlapp said. “We don’t disagree, we are together.”

Schlapp said one of the talking points often raised by his liberal critics in the media is why Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, was not invited.


Matt Schlapp doesn't think CPAC attendees want to hear from Senator Mitt Romney.

Matt Schlapp doesn’t think CPAC attendees want to hear from Senator Mitt Romney.

“Literally, no one in this whole hotel cares whether or not Mitt Romney is going to speak. No one portrays him as a conservative here. No one considers Liz Cheney a conservative heroine. In our rankings, she gets a C.” Schlapp said. “When my kids get a C, we don’t give them cake, we say, ‘You gotta do better’, so this idea that we’re messing something up here is just the opposite.”

Schlapp likes to invite people the liberal media loves to hate to his event and the 2022 edition certainly had a plethora of speakers who fit into that category. Everyone from former President Trump to former Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard took the stage.

“It was just too delicious to explode a bombshell in the middle of the Democratic Party with their heads exploding on Twitter about one of their own coming to CPAC, and by the way, we don’t cancel people,” Schlapp said. “She has the right to say whatever she wants, even things we don’t agree with. She has carte blanche.”

Principles First, a conservative anti-Trump group, hosted a two-day grassroots summit at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, which directly overlapped with CPAC. However, Schlapp dismissed the idea that the event is some sort of competition for his gathering of conservative leaders.


“It’s very interesting. Directors first, as opposed to America first. Seems like they don’t believe being pro-American is a principle. That’s our very problem,” he said. he declared. “You can be an American and be proud of all aspects of America and its founding and the problem with critics of Trump is, and the end, Trump is not the problem. America is the problem and that’s why we go back to saying we’re Americans who love our foundation.”

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Fox News’ Andrew Kugle contributed to this report.


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