Trump beguiles Republicans as chaos swirls in party

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Thousands of American conservatives gathered over the weekend in Texas to hear Donald Trump and his allies push the falsehood of election fraud, as the Republican Party increasingly galvanizes around its pugnacious leader ahead of next year’s midterms.

Some allies of the former president — who remains the party’s influential exemplar, fueling speculation about his 2024 political ambitions — are promoting chaos and obstruction as their strategy.

Others are going so far as to seek the ouster of fellow Republican politicians who, despite their ultraconservative bona fides, are not sufficiently promoting the lie that Democrats stole the November election.

The Conservative Political Action Conference’s three-day gathering, its second of 2021, kicked off Friday at a Dallas hotel with fierce criticism of President Joe Biden’s first six months in office.

Speakers also spent much of CPAC obsessing over claims that the election was…

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