Trump Doral event has speakers who espouse far-right conspiracies
Correction: A previous version of this article inaccurately named some individuals as speakers at the ReAwaken America Tour’s stop this weekend at the Trump National Doral Miami resort. Leila Centner, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Alex Jones were not a part of the event and should not have been mentioned as participants.
Starting Thursday evening, crowds are expected to gather at former President Donald Trump’s Doral resort for a weekend conference of conservative figures, some of whom have espoused debunked claims about elections and vaccines.
Thousands are meeting at Trump National Doral Miami for the latest stop of the ReAwaken America Tour, an event that features Christian themes and appearances around the country by some of Trump’s inner circle. According to its founder, the gathering seeks to save the nation by exposing the truth about fraud in elections, healthcare and the media.
The event shows the extent to which election deniers, anti-vaxxers and Jan. 6 sympathizers continue to surround Trump, the leading candidate to secure the 2024 Republican nomination for president.
The tour, which began in 2021, has promoted conspiracy theories, such as the idea that the 2020 election was rigged against Trump and that “elites” operating a child sex-trafficking ring conspired against the former president. The event’s founder Clay Clark, an entrepreneur and former candidate for mayor of Tulsa, has described the COVID-19 vaccine as a “bio-weapon” on Rumble, an alternative to YouTube that gained popularity with conservatives during the pandemic.
Some of the speakers are part of Trump’s inner circle, including son Eric Trump, daughter-in-law Lara Trump and Truth Social CEO Devin Nunes.
A spokesman for the former president did not respond to a request for comment. Nor did the ReAwaken America Tour, which in a promotional video mocks descriptions of the event’s speakers as extremists.
Here are some of the speakers on the conference’s lineup.
▪ Roger Stone is a Trump ally and conservative political consultant. Stone supported the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the 2021 storming of the U.S. Capitol and claimed that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump.
▪ Michael Flynn is a U.S. Army lieutenant general who briefly served as national security advisor during the Trump administration. Flynn, who lives in Sarasota, is a key figure in the far-right Christian nationalist movement.
▪ Mike Lindell is the CEO of My Pillow and a fervent supporter of Trump. Lindell was at the forefront of Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election results and continues to promote false claims related to voting fraud.
▪ Sidney Powell is a former federal prosecutor on Trump’s legal team that tried to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
▪ Peter Navarro is a politician who served as assistant to the president during the Trump administration. Navarro condemned policies to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. His speech during the conference is entitled: “Why Dr. [Anthony] Fauci Needs to Be Fired and In Jail.”
Late in the week, Scott McKay and Charlie Ward, who have promoted anti-Semitic views, were struck from the online itinerary as speakers. According to CNN, Eric Trump said the organizers pulled the speakers from the event after he requested that McKay and Ward not be allowed to participate.