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‘Anti-CPAC’ summit planned with prominent GOP Trump critics

The Hill’s Caroline Vakil covered the Principles First Summit: A summit aimed at rivaling the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and featuring prominent Republican critics of former President Trump will take place in Washington later this month. The group Principles First is set to host a summit Feb. 23-25 at…
February 12, 2024
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Principles First to Host Fourth Annual Summit in Washington DC

Gathering will be the group’s largest to date, and will showcase speakers offering a principled vision for American leadership, in opposition to illiberalism on the right. WASHINGTON – February 5, 2024 – The fourth annual Principles First Summit will take place at the Conrad in Washington DC…
February 5, 2024
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Principles First in The Washington Post

Heath Mayo, Founder of Principles First, spoke with The Washington Post on August 3: Heath Mayo, an attorney and founder of an anti-Trump nonprofit group called Principles First, said Republicans are contradicting themselves by accusing Biden of weaponizing the Justice Department while at the same time pledging to crush the…
August 3, 2023
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Principles First in The Bulwark

Heath Mayo, founder of Principles First, was featured in The Bulwark’s Not My Party: As Heath Mayo, a founder of Principles First, a traditional conservative activist group, put it, “The loudest applause lines . . . that we should give Russia the Donbas, that we should defund the FBI, that…
July 20, 2023
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Political Theater Podcast: “Hope and Despair on the Campaign Trail ’24”

The Political Theater Podcast recorded an episode with former Rep. Barbara Comstock focused on the 2023 Summit: Trump-first Republicans have CPAC. Never Trumpers have Principles First. And on one magical weekend, the twain did meet, or at least met at roughly the same time. Roll Call political writers Mary…
March 8, 2023

In Defense of the Can-Do America

The following is a transcript of Heath Mayo’s opening remarks at the 2023 Principles First Summit. It is an incredible feeling to stand here and see all of you – who have come from near and far at personal expense and sacrifice to be in this room today. In that…
March 7, 2023
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POLITICO on the Principles First Summit

POLITICO’s Ally Mutnick covered our annual 2023 summit: Over the course of some 20 panels and speeches, the tone bounced from upbeat to nostalgic to despondent. One group debated whether Trump or Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis would be a worse nominee (no consensus was reached). At times, the proceedings had…
March 6, 2023
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The Bulwark Podcast, Live from Principles First

Charlie Sykes recorded a live version of The Bulwark Podcast on stage at the 2023 Summit: John Bolton thought he could create a coherent foreign policy for Trump, but now sees he was naive. Plus, Charlie Sykes asks Bolton about his early defense of Trump’s relations with Putin —…
March 6, 2023
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Politico: “Never Trumpers rally in DC”

Ally Mutnick published a story in Politico around of this year’s Summit: Donald Trump used his primetime stage at the CPAC conference this Saturday to taunt the Bush Republicans, globalists and neocons. A dozen miles away, at a lower-profile gathering in downtown D.C. the remnants of that bygone GOP…
March 6, 2023