Inside a Night for Freedom: The New Right’s Answer to CPAC
Written by Luis Miguel
As CPAC came to a close Saturday evening, conservatives from around the country piled into rental cars, buses, taxis, or the metro on their way back to hotel rooms — and, from there, the airport. The party was over. Time to go home.
But not for one group of anti-establishment right-wingers. For a select collective of individuals as likely to be branded “thought criminals” by Mother Jones as by National Review, the party was far from over. It was just getting started.
The time was twenty-one-hundred hours on a brisk winter night. The place was a discreet-but-lush suite overlooking the brooding Potomac — a location made known to attendees only a couple hours before the start time in order to avoid the intrusion of Antifa and other unwanted guests.
The event: A Night for Freedom.
How does one categorize a Night for Freedom? A conference? A rally? A prolonged sales pitch?
All of the above? Maybe — but that still doesn’t get to the essence, to the why.
To fully understand why A Night for Freedom exists and why it managed to attract 200 ticket-paying guests of all ages and ethnic backgrounds, look at where its top-drawing names aren’t being given a platform: CPAC.
At a Night for Freedom, you’re rubbing shoulders with One America News correspondent Jack Posobiec; with activist-turned-congressional-candidate Laura Loomer; with Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe.
And of course, with the evening’s host himself, author and social-media personality Mike Cernovich.
What do they all have in common — besides uniformly being dubbed “far-right conspiracy theorists” by the mainstream media? With the exception of O’Keefe, you won’t find any of them manning a booth or giving speeches at CPAC.
For all its hype as the grand gathering of right-wing leadership (and the vociferous condemnation by Democrats), you’re hard-pressed at the Conservative Political Action Conference to find many major figures to the right of Karl Rove.
If CPAC gives Trump a mic, it’s only because they’d have a difficult time explaining to the conservative base why the Republican president of the United States is being excluded. But they have no qualms about banning less-powerful individuals and groups who have the gall to question the establishment narrative — such as The John Birch Society.
That gets to the heart of what A Night for Freedom is all about.
It’s a home for the men and women of this country who demand the truth even while the gatekeepers condescendingly tell them they couldn’t handle it. For the hardworking Americans tired of being looked down at by the elitist political class. For the fighting patriots fed up with the Republican establishment’s perennial policy of appeasing the Left.
And in between the hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, Cernovich knows how to deliver the goods.
For example, last year’s event was aptly hard-hitting, with the unveiling of the Cernovich-produced documentary Blood Money, a look into Qatar’s influence in U.S. politics.
This time around, Night for Freedom-goers got to vent their discontent with former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, who has become a fierce critic of the president, as he debated with popular meme-maker Carpe Donktum about whether or not Trump should be impeached.
“You’re not helping the conservative movement!” a woman shouts at the Scaramucci to widespread applause after he characterizes President Trump’s penchant for mocking his opponents as being detrimental to the political Right.
For Curt Levey, president of the conservative nonprofit Committee for Justice, part of the appeal of A Night for Freedom is the event’s “down-to-earth” style.
Levey is far from the only guest with a fascinating backstory.
Santiago Cortes from Colombia is a director of operations for Pharus, a Latin American-based organization developing Spanish-language educational social-media videos promoting the principles of limited government in the vein of PragerU.
Then there’s Ross Armstrong, a private security contractor whose work has taken him to Central America, where he was hired to contain any violence by the infamous migrant caravans.
Fernando Acosta, outreach chair for the New York Young Republicans, explains why he thinks A Night for Freedom is important.
This is a necessary conversation. This night is about true freedom. What we see here is people, coming from different spectrums, that believe in one message only: Freedom. What Mike Cernovich is doing is necessary — not only for America, but for humanity. The message that Mike Cernovich brings is … not letting the liberal left agenda take over and ruin a society, a country that brought so much freedom throughout the world.
Vish Burra, chief organizer of A Night for Freedom on behalf of Cernovich and producer of Steve Bannon’s War Room, sums it up:
A Night for freedom is platforming people that the mainstream media, the political establishment, and your secular puritan types are trying to remove from the public discourse, and we are trying to provide a space for conversations and discussions and dialogue and the synthesis of ideas that are not allowed to see the light of normal day. Normal people … if you turn on CNN, you’re not going to hear these ideas, you’re not going to hear these words. And we are trying to provide a place where those words can be spoken, where those ideas can be expressed.
Asked what differentiates A Night for Freedom from CPAC, Burra explains it’s about getting results. “CPAC, they do a good job of bringing out a lot people. But we do a good job of bringing out really motivated people who get things done.”
In other words, unlike establishment conservatives, the Night for Freedom crowd follows in the footsteps of President Trump. It’s about winning. And seeing the energy in the room, it’s not hard to imagine that this movement will see a lot of that up ahead.
Luis Miguel is a writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.
Courtesy of The New American