At a spot in downtown Orlando this weekend, Donald Trump nonetheless guidelines America.
The Conservative Political Motion Convention – CPAC for brief – is being held in Florida to bypass COVID-19 restrictions.
Right here, delegates queue as much as have their picture taken with a gold statue of the previous president carrying flip flops and carrying a wand.
Make America Nice Once more caps are on the market in nearly any color now: yellow, pink, purple, even camouflage. The unique pink is so 2016.
The merchandise stalls are peddling a powerful vary of low-cost tat, from earrings to purses, most of which is emblazoned with Trump 2024 on.
I ran into one lady off to purchase a brand new suitcase so she might stuff it stuffed with items for mates again dwelling in Minnesota.
Disgraced campaigner Roger Stone was noticed exterior dancing wildly to heavy rap in entrance of a monster truck – and Enrique Tarrio, the chief of the far-right Proud Boys, was holding courtroom over the highway.
4 months in the past, Mr Trump misplaced the presidential election by seven million votes, regardless of failed and baseless makes an attempt to assert fraud.
The Senate and Home of Representatives additionally turned blue, and he was impeached for a second time – however come to this Republican convention in Florida, and also you’d by no means comprehend it.
Later at this time, the native boy will shut out the gathering. Donald Trump will break his silence and make his first public look since leaving the White Home.
Nonetheless banned from Twitter, he’s certain to have a lot to get off his chest.
“Oh he’ll have scores to accept certain,” convention organiser Matt Schlapp instructed Sky Information.
However what of the million-dollar query: will he, will not he?
A senior official near the previous president has instructed us that he will not announce his 2024 candidacy. Mr Trump will extra possible need to see the best way the wind blows within the 2022 midterms earlier than committing himself.
However be in little question, that is nonetheless his social gathering. Sure, there are some divisions and a few notable absentees from the convention – Mike Pence, Nikki Hayley and Mitt Romney amongst them – however “they’re the ten%, we’re the 90%”, one Conservative radio host mentioned.
If Mr Trump needs to run in 2024, there appears to be nothing stopping him, and relating to his speeches, he hardly ever retains to script.
So maintain tight to your MAGA hats… something might occur.