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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell was seen on Sunday asking attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to take their face masks off before taking photos with him.
Bloomberg's William Turton captured video of Lindell taking selfies with several CPAC attendees who approached him as he walked through the building without a mask.
Trump aides have a list of topics they hope the 'all over the place' ex-president will keep to himself in CPAC speech
According to Politico Playbook's Tara Palmeri, aides to former Donald Trump have been working with him on his CPAC speech all week -- to be delivered Sunday afternoon -- and left one meeting wondering what will come out of his mouth once he gets going before an adoring crowd.
With an eye on keeping his hints of another presidential run in 2024 from being bogged down by more controversy and grievance-mongering over his belief that the 2020 election was stolen from him due to voter fraud, aides hope that he will stick to a script that preaches Republican Party unity.
According to the Politico report, Trump has been discussing the speech that will be his return to the public square since he lost re-election and, since he no longer has access to Twitter, aides fear that the pent-up Twitter commentary that used to keep him in the headlines will come pouring out.
As Palmeri writes, there is a list of topics advisers are hoping will not rise to the surface if the president goes off-script -- which is highly likely.
Outside of complaining that he feels he was robbed of a second term due to voter fraud, the report states that his aides hope he won't "Gripe about how he thinks he was unfairly blamed for Jan. 6," with the NYT's Maggie Haberman reporting, Trump has been "cautioned by advisers not to say anything that might make him a larger target for the various prosecutors considering or pursuing investigations related to him."
Additionally, his advisers are okay with him taking shots at Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), but want him to draw the line at publically criticizing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), with Palmeri reporting, "A Trump adviser said they got Trump to take a McConnell dig out of the script, but who knows what he'll say."
She added, "Sources tell me that there was a lot of nodding and agreement at a strategy meeting on Thursday between Trump and his closest aides on how to wield his power via endorsements and messaging. But some left the room feeling like their hair was on fire because, according to one of the aides, Trump was 'all over the place.'"
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In a clip shared by MSNBC's Jonathan Capehart on Sunday morning, Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue -- who was previously censured by his board of directors for his voter fraud claims -- told a cheering CPAC crowd that Donald Trump is not only his president still, but also the "legitimate" president of the United States.
Throwing red meat to the crowd that will see the ex-president make his first public appearance since losing to now-President Joe Biden, Unane proceeded to advance what has been dubbed "the Big Lie" that the election was stolen from Trump.
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