Commentary: What can we take away from CPAC 2019?

Live at CPAC 2019

There is a constant drone in media that Republicans and Conservatives are just old White men. It’s a message that has been ingrained into the social consciousness via movies, social media, and certain news outlets. Thus, it’s said that events like the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) need not be disseminated to the wise socialist trending youth. Especially for those of color and women. But is this true?

The projected problem

Among people of color, there is almost no mention of being Conservative or Republican in the culture. For those that publicly acknowledge their political beliefs, families go silent at Thanksgiving. Social media sets flames to every tweet and like. No wonder there seem to be so few American Black Conservatives, to quote Herman Cain

Quote from Herman Cain's Presidential election run

Real life

The reality is so very different than the marketing hype. Especially in reference to CPAC 2019. Not just with the top of the political and media industry. Start with Michelle Malkin, Candace Owens, Deneen Borelli, David Webb, Gordon Chang, Secretary Dr. Ben Carson, Diamond and Silk, Benjamin Watson, and a host of others who spoke at the 4 day event. Even Van Jones took to the stage – not just Black, but a self-avowed Communist.

In fact 51% of the speakers at CPAC 2019 were people of color and/or women. Start adding in pundits, news media, celebrities and other personalities. Then add the attendees. You get likely thousands, not hundreds in attendance.

Who was there?

media personality David Webb - Photo credit: Michael Vass

Dr. Jane Ruby, Ken McClenton, and guest on Media row  photo credit: Michael Vass

While there is no exact number available, first-hand observation appeared to show roughly 20% of the attendees were Black, Hispanic and/or Asian. That could be some 3000+ people. At a guess, some 30-40% of attendees were women, which could be 7,000. On media row, the percentage rises even higher. But there wasn’t a news story on this. Because it’s not new to anyone familiar with the reality of politics in America.

TECN - Minority owned media covering CPAC 2019 - photo property of M V Consulting, IncYes there was the history of the first minority owned online television broadcast company to cover all of CPAC from start to finish (TECN – which I must note that I was part of). While a positive, not an outrageous fact.

Still the liberal leaning media at large, few of which covered the entire event, ignore this reality – relying on Facebook, Twitter, and Google algorithms to keep claims from 2014 at the top of search 5 years later.

Ending the myth

It’s a disservice to the public, it could be argued. In fact, if such claims of isolation from Conservative and Republican events were true, there would be articles and whole segments on cable news dedicated to reporting this shortfall one might expect. But it isn’t true. Anecdotally, and empirically.

As was stated in the title of the article, what can we take away? What has CPAC 2019 shown us? That Black Conservatives and Republicans exist. That prominent and powerful leaders can be young, women, and/or people of color. That, as Deneen Borelli said on stage,

America is great. Because America is an exceptional county.

About the Author

Michael Vass
Born in 1968, a political commentator for over a decade. Has traveled the U.S. and lived in Moscow and Tsblisi, A former stockbroker and 2014 Congressional candidate. Passionate about politics with emphasis on 1st and 2nd Amendments.

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