“Put it on my tombstone – if we did one thing at CPAC 2020, if we stopped socialism dead in its tracks in America, I could leave this mortal coil and feel like we did something good” – Matt Schlapp
American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp told The Todd Starnes Show on Friday that he believes Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) will put a halt to the advancement of socialist policies in the United States.
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“Put it on my tombstone – if we did one thing at CPAC 2020, if we stopped socialism dead in its tracks in America, I could leave this mortal coil and feel like we did something good.” Schlapp said. “It’s time for us to stop whispering, and cowering, and being worried that they can call us out and make us feel bad. Stand up, talk, have the arguments, push back, save America.”
Schlapp said socialism didn’t work well for Scandinavian countries that tried to implement the big-government system. (Listen to his entire radio interview here, conducted live at CPAC 2020 in National Harbor, Maryland).
“When they turned to socialism, they started to fail. Which meant there was human misery that was accompanied with socialism,” he told Starnes. “Americans have got to wake up.”
As chairman of the American Conservative Union – the grassroots organization hosting CPAC – Schlapp said “socialists think that America needs to replicate Venezuela, Cuba, the Soviet Union.”
“We cannot let this terrible ‘ism’ invade our thinking and pollute the minds of our kids,” he told Starnes.
Commenting on the crowd turnout at CPAC, Schlapp noted that “we had 26 million people view CPAC last year. My guess the numbers will be higher this year.”
“About 50 percent of the attendees will be high school and college students,” he continued.
Organizers of the annual CPAC gathering do not purposely recruit a younger audience, Schlapp said. “These kids, these students, simply sign up. They want to be here.”
“There are some differences that conservatives have on different issues,” Schlapp told Starnes, but “we just talk about the differences, better to talk it through.”
With dozens of media interviews conducted during the conference, and with President Donald Trump slated to deliver a speech on Saturday, Schlapp said “the smart politicians know this is the place to be.”