Since declaring his candidacy for the North Carolina Senate race, Mark Walker has been running to the far-right, embracing Trump, and shunning Republicans like Senator Burr who took a vote of conscience to impeach Donald Trump. Now, he’s slated to speak at CPAC as it is “shaping up to be an event that leans into the 2020 election conspiracy theories rather than rebukes them.”
In December, Mark Walker signed on to the Texas lawsuit to overturn President Biden’s victory. He aligned with the pro-Trump wing of the GOP civil war and supported the censure of Senator Burr. Now, as he speaks at the far-right conference, North Carolinians deserve to know: Would he have voted to decertify the election results? And does he acknowledge Joe Biden as a legitimate president?
In addition to Walker, other speakers include Matt Schlapp, who led Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election. The conservative conference will also include a “seven-part series of panels on ‘protecting elections,” including two titled “The Left Pulled the Strings, Covered It Up, and Even Admits It” and “Other Culprits: Why Judges & Media Refused to Look at the Evidence.”
Walker will be surrounded by speakers who either worked directly with Trump to overturn the results of the election, attended Stop the Steal rallies, or were otherwise involved in spreading conspiracy theories and lies that led to the Capitol insurrection on January 6.
“The North Carolina Republican Party has made clear that fealty to Trump is a prerequisite for acceptance, which is why it’s no surprise that Mark Walker would accept a speaking slot at a conference centered on perpetuating his dangerous and unfounded conspiracy theories,” said NCDP Chair Wayne Goodwin. “But he has yet to answer basic questions like: would he have voted to certify the election for President Biden or would he have stuck with his spineless Republican colleagues who undermined democracy with their vote to decertify the election results?”