Posted: 2:03 pm Friday, March 4th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
Instead of addressing a major gathering of conservatives on Saturday outside of Washington, D.C., Donald Trump will make a last minute campaign stop in Kansas, avoiding what might have been a mixed reaction to his bid for the GOP nomination.
The announcement that Trump would instead hold a rally in Wichita came just minutes after a prominent Tea Party leader blasted the GOP front runner.
“Donald Trump is about love of himself,” said Jenny Beth Martin, who drew big cheers as she slammed Trump repeatedly at CPAC, knocking him over allegations surrounding Trump University and more.
“Scamming people out of their hard earned money – definitely not Tea Party,” Martin said to applause.
Trump’s decision to skip the CPAC gathering disappointed conservatives, who made clear their frustration.
— CPAC (@CPAC) March 4, 2016
— CPAC (@CPAC) March 5, 2016
But other who have been more supportive of Trump stood by his decision.
Trump was right to skip CPAC. The votes are in Kansas not Washington. Why give the anti-trump activists a target
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) March 4, 2016
The announcement of Trump’s change of schedule seemed to be hastily put together, as the Trump press release announcing his trip to Kansas managed to incorrectly spell both the city of Wichita, and the state of Kansas.
Meanwhile, there was more Trump news in the wake of the GOP debate in Detroit, as Trump reportedly is changing his stance on the issue of torture and terrorists.
Trump had said several times in the debate that he would order the military to take certain steps with terrorists, even if those methods were not allowed by U.S. or international law.
But after getting a lot of push back, Trump told the Wall Street Journal that he was changing his position.
Breaking: Donald Trump revises stance on torture, saying he wouldn't order military to break international laws https://t.co/J7ULOmLki0
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) March 4, 2016
That move came after Trump had also changed his position on immigration from something he said during the debate, as Trump’s campaign swiftly put out a statement after the debating indicating the candidate had spoken incorrectly.
“We don’t even know where he stands on this issue today,” complained Jenny Beth Martin at CPAC.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.