(FiveNation.com)- This year’s Conservative Political Action Conference is underway in Orlando, Florida, and the event is set to pick up considerably heading into the weekend.
The event will be held through this Sunday, February 27, at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. Once again, the headlining speaker of the four-day CPAC is former President Donald Trump. He’s set to speak in prime time on Saturday night, giving what is sure to be a rousing speech.
This is the biggest conference set for conservatives ahead of the midterm elections, which are set to be held later this year in November. Campaigning is already heavy for those spots, though, as primaries will take place this spring.
It’s a very crucial midterm election year, as Democrats hold only a slight majority in the House and the Senate. Republicans are hopeful that they will be able to retake the majorities in both chambers of Congress, which would effectively allow them to stave off the progressive policies coming out of President Joe Biden’s White House.
While Trump will be the featured speaker at this week’s CPAC, he won’t be the only prominent conservative who will talk.
Other featured speakers include Tulsi Gabbard, a former Democratic representative; Mike Pompeo, the former secretary of state in the Trump administration; Republican Governors Kristi Noem of South Dakota and Ron DeSantis of Florida; and Republican Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas.
Other speakers who don’t hold current political positions include two who have been mired in controvery in the past.
The first is the former CEO of Papa John’s pizza, John Schnatter. In 2018, he resigned from his position after he uttered a racial slur during a conference call.
Another speaker is Eric Greitens, the former governor of Missouri, who resigned from his post also in 2018 because he was accused of physical and sexual assault on a hairdresser. Greitens has since announced that he will be running for a seat in the Senate.
The theme for this year’s CPAC is “Awake Not Woke.” The slogan, which is featured prominently on the event’s banners, is a clear message to progressives that their political ideas and agendas are not welcomed here.
Some of the titles of the speeches also touch on some of the major themes of conservative politicians in recent years. They include “The Moron in Chief, “Woke Inc.,” “Fire Fauci,” “They Can’t Shut Us Up” and “Obamacare Still Kills.”
On Sunday night, the closing speaker will be Donald Trump Jr. That will be followed by Lee Greenwood, who will be giving a musical performance. His most well-known song is “God Bless the USA,” which was used by Trump many times as the music he walks onto stages to for various rallies and events.
The CPAC website published that they are expected to welcome more than 18,000 people to the conference this weekend. Those people, the website says, will gather to “fight for conservatism in America and abroad.”