It was hot and excitement was in the air on Saturday, the third day of the major annual conference of American conservatives in Orlando, Florida. Red berets and US flags are abroad to welcome Donald Trump.
At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the former president did not lose his aura among the participants.
Mr. Trump, 75, will address the evening. Vanessa Broussard, from Texas, is a staunch supporter of the wealthy businessman. She says she hardly slept the night before, and was so emotional to see him soon.
“I don’t think there are words to describe how I feel about Donald Trump,” said Ms Broussard, 40.
You saw what he accomplished when he was the 45th President of the United States. We had a booming economy (…), a wall was built on our southern border. He made the country shine. America was thriving,” she adds enthusiastically.
The expected intervention of the former president changed the atmosphere in the hotel where the conference was being held. And so the “Trump 2024” banners – the year of the upcoming presidential election – and pins proclaiming that the last election, won by Democrat Joe Biden, was stolen from him flourished.
In addition, banners do not hesitate to insult the incumbent president. People everywhere wear hats bearing Donald Trump’s main slogan, “Make America Great Again.” students, spouses and the elderly; They all came for him.
While waiting for his speech, five people, each wearing a T-shirt bearing the letter of his name, sat next to each other in the large meeting room.
To many conservatives here, Mr. Trump is a providence man, the one they hope to see back at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington.
Maria Boham, 59, came to the entrance to the conference complex to share this message.
“Without Donald Trump, no one will win this election,” she said of the November midterm elections and the 2024 presidential election.
“We will continue to support him because he defends God, he defends the family (…), he defends my values. A complete stop,” she said.
“Total coffee aficionado. Travel buff. Music ninja. Bacon nerd. Beeraholic.”