By Justine Lopez
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Supporters of President Donald Trump are expressing wide-ranging opinions about Michael Cohen’s hearing on Wednesday before a Congressional committee, but most seem to convene on one point: His opinion should not be trusted.
“Once you burn those bridges and you lose trust within the Republican Party, it can be really hard to gain it back,” Lexi King, 22, said Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.
This is King’s first year attending CPAC with the Leadership Institute, a Conservative nonprofit organization that provides training in grassroots campaigning. King said that although she appreciated Cohen’s defense of the president on certain matters in his open testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday, Republicans should not rely on him to promote their party politics.
“We don’t need to be placing our values in someone who is going to lie under oath,” King said. “I really hope that Trump supporters don’t lose their values and that they remember that this man lied.”
Robert Fodor, a 66-year-old Vietnam veteran shared King’s opinion, although he said he could not be bothered to watch the hearing.
“Sometimes people lie and it’s just a habit,” Fodor said at the conference.
Fodor said he thinks that the story will soon be forgotten in the 24-hour news cycle and that people should focus on more important news.
CPAC is an annual event hosted by the American Conservative Union that dates back to 1974. The conference opened on Wednesday. Some keynote speakers include Republican senators David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to speak Friday morning, followed by an address by President Donald Trump on Saturday, the final day.