Gay GOP group GOProud is pushing a Donald Trump write-in campaign at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which opened Thursday.

Trump accepted a last-minute invitation to address the crowd on the convention's opening day.

The real estate mogul told attendees that he would decide on a presidential run by June. He said he's considering a bid because the United States has become “the laughingstock of the world.”

Trump was booed when he said CPAC favorite Ron Paul could not get elected. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

GOProud, the gay Republican group whose co-sponsorship of the event sparked a boycott by social conservatives, told POLITICO that bringing in Trump and campaigning for him as a write-in candidate was not a media stunt.

“We asked Mr. Trump to come this year because we wanted to do something positive,” said Christopher Barron, the group's chairman. “The write-in Trump thing is our way of saying thank you to Mr. Trump.”

“Of course bringing Donald Trump to anything is going to bring media attention,” he added. “It's bringing media attention to GOProud, it's bringing attention to CPAC, it's bringing media attention to the conservative movement and it's bringing attention to the conservative issues that Mr. Trump talked about in his speech.”