Cheney, Kinzinger to headline Never-Trump DC event offering CPAC ‘counterprogramming’

A stampede of RINOs is headed for Washington D.C. this weekend, to offer “counterprogramming” to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which kicks off in the nation’s capital on Thursday.

The two-day summit, hosted by Principles First, promises it will focus on “conservatism’s meaning and the path to a more principled future for our country,” and what they really want you to know is, it’s a “grassroots” event. To be certain you don’t miss that point, the word “grassroots” is repeated eight times on their homepage.

It is, above all else, “a grassroots effort to rediscover and champion principles in the 21st century.”

The speaker lineup includes U.S. Reps. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Brad Raffensperger, Joe Walsh, Bill Kristol, and Officer Harry Dunn of the United States Capitol Police, and Principles First needs you to know that they are all there because they are totally principled and grassroot-y.

“To maintain the theme and integrity of the event,” the site states, “our speakers are appearing with no honorariums or reimbursement.”

Saturday’s agenda includes a discussion on the “Principles of Justice: The Constitution and the Rule of Law”; “Principles & the Pulpit: The Future of Faith in America”; and “Equality & Opportunity,” which asks the question, “How do we account for inequality of opportunity among Americans born into different circumstances?”

But the really big issues will be addressed the following day, with topics such as the “Principles of Protecting Elections”; the pros and cons of forming a new political party; and “Principles for a New Era” all on the Sunday table.

It was the founder of Principles First for America, lawyer Heath Mayo who told CBS News that the event would “certainly be counterprogramming of CPAC.

“We want to come together in a visual show of support for people who have taken stands for ideas when it hasn’t been comfortable,” Mayo said. “You don’t see those folks, yet, in rooms that are energized. But I think the energy is there.”

He then floated Cheney, who, along with Kinzinger, was censured by the Republican National Committee less than a month ago, and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, who is wrapped up in a scandal with his indicted former chief of staff,  as a potential presidential ticket in 2024.

But yeah… “principled.”

So, principled, in fact, the Principles First organization is partnered with The Republican Accountability Project, which is backed by Defending Democracy Together, which Open Secrets called “2020’s top dark money spender.”

“Defending Democracy Together has spent $11.5 million on independent expenditures opposing Trump or backing Democratic nominee Joe Biden,” the article states.

The Republican Accountability Project “promises to use its cash to ‘ensure that ample resources are available for those principled Republicans who do the right thing and hold Trump accountable for inciting an attack on the U.S. Capitol,” reported Open Secrets in a separate article.

Awesome. Totally principled.

And obviously grassroots.

Melissa Fine


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