CPAC 2015: 19 images that show the craziness of the right-wing conference

See the photos taken from CPAC 2015

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The Independent US

The Conservative Political Action Conference is unlike any other political convention in the US.

CPAC is a yearly chance for the most right-wing members of American politics to get together. The 2015 iteration of the conference kicked off Thursday just outside of Washington DC and, as expected, offered a fascinating glimpse into US conservative politics.

Below are 19 photos that depict the experience of CPAC 2015.

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This robot, called Govtron, is supposed to represent all that is wrong with the liberal government. His creators said it will take a super-hero politician to defeat Govtron.

 

 

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Of course no conservative conference is complete without former President Ronald Reagan, here joined by none other than "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher.

 

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Here is a conference-goer with his Gadsden flag, a common symbol of the Tea Party.

 

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A selection of some of the literature available for purchase at CPAC 2015. Notice the titles.

 

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The facade of the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Centre, where CPAC 2015 was held.

 

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A conservative sign playing off the movie Field of Dreams and promoting smaller government, a popular topic at CPAC.

 

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The CPAC stage from which all the major politicians who came to the convention spoke.

 

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A man shoulders a gun to take target practice in one exhibition at CPAC. It was not a real gun, of course.

 

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One of the more creative costumes seen at CPAC 2015.

 

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The Maryland bank of the Potomac River. The convention centre overlooks the river.

 

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Phil Robertson, from popular television show Duck Dynasty, took the stage on Friday afternoon.

 

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Convention-goers pose with Iron Man and Captain America in one of the ballrooms at CPAC 2015.

 

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One of the defining features of CPAC is the annual straw poll, released at the end of the weekend, that shows which politician won the most favor at the convention.

 

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This flier at the National Rifle Association booth advertises a gun raffle. Three days in a row, the NRA raffled off firearms.

 

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One booth at CPAC used corrupt and fictional politician Frank Underwood, from the Netflix show House of Cards, to make a point.

 

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Another booth was giving a pro-gun stickers. There was also a t-shirt with this image -- a play on the Starbucks logo.

 

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One of the most popular booths at CPAC was the 'Big Government Sucks' booth. People all around the conference could be seen wearing stickers with the same slogan.

 

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The interior of the hotel and convention centre. The massive complex had numerous restaurants, bars, salons and conference space.

 

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Another example of the pro-gun materials that were floating around at CPAC.

 

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