CPAC Panelist Jeered For Rebuking Roy Moore and Trump: ‘I’m Glad I Got Booed’
A day after she was roundly booed and jeered during a CPAC panel for criticizing Republicans’ support for former Alabama judge Roy Moore and President Donald Trump, National Review columnist Mona Charen wrote a New York Times op-ed in which she said: “I’m glad I got booed at CPAC.”
While taking part in the panel on feminism and the #MeToo movement, Charen discussed how she was disappointed that the Republicans were “being hypocrites about sexual harassers and abusers of women who are in our party,” specifically highlighting Moore and Trump. This caused those in the audience to shout out “not true” and boo her. At the end of her appearance, she was escorted out by security for her own safety.
In her NYT piece, she expressed surprise that she was even invited to speak at CPAC because her “views on Trump, Roy Moore and Steve Bannon are no secret.” She added that she was “tempted to pass” because she knew the “crowd would be hostile.”
Noting that she felt too many had “given up the fight,” she pointed out she accepted the invite before recapping her appearance, explaining her belief that CPAC has become “heavily Trumpified.”
At the end of the column, Charen stated that she heard approval and support from many of the attendees as she was being escorted out of CPAC:
A substantial number of people applauded. And as I was hustled out of the building by security, various supporters gave me the thumbs up sign.
Just before I reached the exit, a woman approached me and called my name. “That was so brave!” she told me.
She was one of my fellow panelists. I hope she’s encouraged. I am.
After the column went up, Charen appeared on MSNBC Sunday, declaring that she has received “tremendous response” on social media over her comments at CPAC, adding that she believes they’ve “struck a nerve.”
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.
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