Poll Context: Given the hostility against Trump by the GOP elite and the press, it wasn’t a huge surprise that Trump decided against speaking at CPAC. Trump had spent five years building a mutually beneficial relationship with the organization that hosts the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, filling its coffers with at least $150,000 in cash and scoring coveted speaking slots that started him on a course towards winning the Republican presidential nomination. But he ended up canceling what would have been his biggest CPAC speech at the last minute amid plans for protest and disruptions, apparently deciding that his presidential campaign no longer needed any boost from the once-storied group. CPAC organizers insisted that Trump answer questions from a journalist of their choosing but Trump refused. Trump’s campaign “refused to accept the terms and they asked us to change the terms to allow him to give longer remarks,” said Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, the group that sponsors CPAC. “And we said no to that.” An ACU board member added that Trump “didn’t want to answer questions, and he decided he was the frontrunner so he didn’t need to answer them, or even to show up.”
So was Trump just wanting everything his own way or was this an ambush?