Texas Republicans featured prominently among the conservative politicians and media personalities addressing conference-goers at CPAC Texas 2022, whose website touts the conference as “the largest and most influential gathering of conservatives in the world.”
In a speech Friday evening, Texas Senator Ted Cruz proudly labeled the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference “dangerous radicals” during his speech at the conference on Friday. The remark earned him one of the loudest rounds of applause from the boisterous crowd of several hundred gathered in the main event area of the Dallas Hilton Anatole.
“As I look around and I see American flags and I see Gadsden flags and I see the Gonzalez battle flag… it occurs to me that the Biden FBI believes this is a room of dangerous radicals,” Cruz said.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton also took to the stage. In his speech, he cautioned the crowd to remain vigilant about election fraud, arguing that mail-in ballots are a security risk. He also took the opportunity to tout his record on taking the Biden Administration to court.
Cruz, Paxton and other Texas Republicans rallied their base ahead of the upcoming November midterm elections, criticizing federal immigration policy and inflation while boasting about Texas’ economic successes.
However, party officials also faced sharp criticism from Democrats for hosting Viktor Orbán, the Hungarian prime minister facing backlash for racist comments, as the opening speaker.
Orbán, who has been prime minister for 12 years, boasted about his hardline stance on illegal immigration, law and order and “gender ideology” in schools. He touted a rise in marriages and fall in abortions. He was unapologetic in his defence of blood-and-soil nationalism and contempt for “leftist media.”