Mona Charen, a former speechwriter for Nancy and Ronald Reagan and later, Jack Kemp, spoke Saturday at CPAC, and her remarks were so anti-Trump she had to be accompanied to her car by security.
Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference is for think-tank heads and others in the ideas business to put forth their experts and gain exposure for them and their ideas. Charen, who is now a columnist, appeared on a panel.
Charen “drew the ire of audience members on Saturday when she expressed disappointment that ‘people on our side’ have been silent about allegations of sexual harassment lodged against President Donald Trump and other Republicans.”
Charen said she was “disappointed in people on our side for being hypocrites about sexual harassers and abusers of women who are in our party, who are sitting in the White House, who brag about their extramarital affairs, who brag about mistreating women. And because he happens to have an R after his name we look the other way, we don’t complain,” according to HuffPost.
This comment was likely aimed at Trump because of the taped 2005 conversation in which Trump talked about grabbing women by the genitals.
Charen took Republicans to task for supporting Roy Moore in the U.S. Senate race in Alabama. Moore, a Republican who had served as the state’s top judge “was a credibly accused child molester,” Charen said.
“You cannot claim that you stand for women and put up with that,” she said.
Charen also took aim at French politician Marion Le Pen, who is the granddaughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen.
“The only reason she is here is she is named Le Pen. And the Le Pen name is a disgrace. Her grandfather is a racist and Nazi. She claims to stand for him. The fact that CPAC invited her is a disgrace.”
After her comments, Charen was offered a column in the New York Times.
“What happened to me at CPAC is the perfect illustration of the collective experience of a whole swath of conservatives since Donald Trump became the Republican nominee,” Charen wrote. “We built and organized this party – but now we’re made to feel like interlopers.”
She said by the time the booing began at CPAC, she actually welcomed it.
“There is nothing more freeing than telling the truth,” Charen said. “And it must be done again and again, by those of us who refuse to be absorbed into this brainless, sinister, clownish thing called Trumpism, by those of us who refuse to overlook the fools, frauds and fascists attempting to glide along in his slipstream into respectability.”
Charen told the Weekly Standard she thought it was her duty to speak out.
“There remains a sizable contingent of conservatives in America who have not drunk the Trump Kool-Aid and they are very thin on the ground at CPAC,” she said. “I feel an obligation as one of the only Trump critics on the program to express dismay at some of the invitations CPC has extended.”
Trump’s approval rating among Republicans is in the mid-90s, but Charen insisted there remain a lot of dissenters.
“I hear from them,” she said. “There were even some at CPAC.”