Trump-chella: CPAC 2021 sees huge crowds, amid surge in coronavirus cases

While Mike Pompeo and Donald Trump Jr. were spotted at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2021, the absence of Mike Pence — after Trump supporters chanted 'Hang Mike Pence' — raised questions about the increasing love for Trump and decrease in team spirit within the Republican Party

Stage's set

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. CPAC has evolved from a family reunion of Republican libertarians, social conservatives and a hawkish foreign policy establishment into Trump-chella. (Erin Schaff © 2021 The New York Times)

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Crowded, despite pandemic

Attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (Erin Schaff © 2021 The New York Times)

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Signed efforts

A new sign that reads, “Repeat offenders of the mask policy will be asked to leave the premises,” greets guests at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (Erin Schaff © 2021 The New York Times)

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Culprits flagged

An attendee has their temperature taken upon arrival at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (Erin Schaff © 2021 The New York Times)

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Aides return

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (Erin Schaff © 2021 The New York Times)

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MAGA 2.0

Tommy Zegan stands next to the metal replica of former President Donald Trump he created, at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 26, 2021. (Erin Schaff © 2021 The New York Times)

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Souvenirs

A customer purchases a roll of toilet paper featuring the face of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) from a vendor at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (Erin Schaff © 2021 The New York Times)

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Donald Trump

Former President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 28, 2021. At their three-day gathering, pro-Trump conservatives tried to turn “cancel culture” into their new “fake news” and spent little time on policy (either their own or President Joe Biden’s). (Erin Schaff © 2021 The New York Times)

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