Republicans ostracized from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this weekend in Orlando, Florida, are staging their own counterprogramming in Washington, D.C.
The Republicans opposed to former President Donald Trump are gathering for the Principles First summit Saturday and Sunday, and the speakers list includes anti-Trump Reps. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.; and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.
Those two GOP members skirted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., boycott and joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s partisan Jan. 6 Select Committee.
Cheney will only be addressing the summit virtually in a prerecorded video and will be in Wyoming this weekend, a Cheney spokesman told Newsmax on Monday night.
“Principles First is excited to announce a two-day grassroots summit at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 26-27, 2022 focused on discussing and advancing a more principled politics in the United States,” according to the website. “We look forward to bringing together conservative and independent speakers, thought leaders, and grassroots activists for two days of panels, speeches, networking, and substantive discussion about the meaning of conservatism today and the future of our movement.”
The speakers list includes retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who testified against Trump during the House inquiry during the Democrats’ first failed impeachment attempt.