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NYT podcast host says policy wasn't discussed at CPAC because Trumpism 'was never really focused on policy'

Jane Coaston, host of the New York Times podcast "The Argument," said on Tuesday there was a lack of policy discussion at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) due to the continued dominance of "Trumpism," which she says "was never really focused on policy."

Appearing on Hill.TV's "Rising," Coaston said that CPAC is a "very specific event" that seeks to give its audience exactly what it wants, which in this case was former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances Race debate grips Congress US reentry to Paris agreement adds momentum to cities' sustainability efforts MORE.

"This is an audience that wants fan service, and they got that this weekend at CPAC," Coaston said. "CPAC was not focused on policy because Trumpism, or the conceit of Trumpism, was never really focused on policy."

Coaston said that South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemNoem pledges to not accept illegal immigrants: 'Call me when you're an American' Nikki Haley says if Trump runs for president in 2024 then she won't The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - World mourns the death of Prince Philip MORE (R) was be one of the few speakers at the Florida event who referenced policy when she mentioned the national debt. As Coaston observed, Noem's remarks on debt did not incur any form of audience reaction.

"CPAC has always been a fascinating reflection of a section of conservatism," Coaston said. "This is a very specific audience but it is reflective of what this audience wants to hear about, which is not conservatism it's Trump. That's what they want and that's what they got."