2012-02-08 "CPAC Won't Renounce White Nationalist; Peter Brimelow, whose organization is designated as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is set to appear at CPAC this week. In a statement, the American Conservative Union says little" by Rosie Gray
The American Conservative Union is standing by its decision to permit a panel at CPAC that includes a leading white nationalist figure, Peter Brimelow.
"CPAC is proud to have more than 150 sponsors and exhibitors this year," said spokeswoman Kristy Campbell in an email. "This panel was not organized by the ACU, and specific questions on the event, content or speakers should be directed to the sponsoring organization. Cosponsors and affiliated events do not necessarily represent the opinions of the American Conservative Union."
The group's Conservative Political Action Conference kicks off tomorrow with a host of important figures on the right, including presidential candidates and current legislators -- and with a lineup that tends to define the limits of the conservative movement. In the past, skirmishes over the inclusion of gay conservatives have been central, but this year's hottest debate appears to be over race.
Brimelow is the founder of VDARE.com, named after Virginia Dare, the first child born to English settlers in America. He's set to speak at a CPAC event called "The Failure of Multiculturalism: How the pursuit of diversity is weakening the American Identity."
The Southern Poverty Law Center describes Brimelow as a "White Nationalist" and his website as a hate site. Brimelow advocates against immigration and multiculturalism, which he has written "risks making America an alien nation."
His website publishes the work of white supremacist authors like Kevin MacDonald and Jared Taylor, a proponent of so-called "racial realism."
CPAC has faced sharp criticism since a liberal blog first noted Brimelow's presence [http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cpac-set-host-white-nationalist-leader].
2012-02-12 "Andrew Breitbart Confronts Occupy Crowd At CPAC, Demands They ‘Stop Raping People’
video" by Frances Martel
Perhaps moreso than many of the conference’s guests over the years, Andrew Breitbart has emerged as a uniquely revered figure at CPAC, partly for his ability to work the CPAC crowd over the job President Obama has done while in office. But much of it has to do with his work at CPAC outside of his speeches– his support of diversity in the conservative movement, his ability to engage just about anybody. Last night, Breitbart walked outside the hotel hosting the conference to attempt a chat with irate Occupy protesters, demanding they “behave yourselves” and “stop raping people.”
While there is a great deal of yelling going on in this video, Breitbart sticks to a few main sentences: “behave yourselves,” “you are freaks and animals,” and “stop raping people.” Meanwhile, some of the protesters can be clearly heard launching profanity at him until someone starts a chant of “racist, sexist, anti-gay; right wing bigots, go away.” Finally, the police show up and shield Breitbart from the crowd.
For those sympathetic to the Occupy movement, the image of Breitbart being held back while yelling the same sentences over and over at a somewhat bewildered crowd will resonate as more evidence that Breitbart is angry and not worth listening to. For those on the right, it will confirm exactly why they love him– he expresses absolutely no fear in standing before large crowds of people that view him negatively and telling them what many people have written and said in the safety of their homes: that many Occupy “camps” have serious problems with sexual harassment and unreported rape, that it is often entirely unclear what they are protesting; that ambiguous protests are annoying; that their image is sometimes aesthetically unappealing. This exchange isn’t really going to change anyone’s opinion on anything, but it is certainly a dramatic and inevitable confrontation of protest movements in the country.