If this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference can be summed up in two words, they are: Donald Trump.
The annual gathering in National Harbor, Maryland, was once a must-attend event for GOP politicians, but this year, many of the party’s stars — including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence — stayed away from what has clearly become Trump territory.
Aside from Trump, some of this year’s speakers were former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who is running for president.
NBC News producer Frank Thorp has been known to photograph with a large format camera in the Capitol. This time, he used disposable cameras. Here are some of the moments he captured.