Reince Priebus

Trump's popularity at CPAC gathering, which he shunned a year ago, shows how he's conquered conservatives

Trump's popularity at CPAC gathering, which he shunned a year ago, shows how he's conquered conservatives

Donald Trump skipped the nation’s preeminent conference of conservatives last year, underscoring the friction between the populist candidate and many of the warring factions in his party during a heated presidential primary season.

This year, his dominance at the forum, the Conservative Political Action Conference, is hard to miss.

It’s not just the red “Make America Great Again” caps, the throngs of college Republicans surrounding his aides and allies, the giant Trump-decorated pickup truck at the convention center entrance or the excitement about Trump’s Friday speech, the first by a president in his first year in office since Ronald Reagan. 

It’s also a...

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