Let’s start by making one thing very clear: There is such a thing as principled conservative opposition to Donald Trump. I had my own concerns about him from the outset, knowing that he was not—and is not—conservative in an ideological sense. That’s the reason I voted for Ted Cruz in the primary. Also, the issues of Trump’s character and temperament are very much real, and supporters who refuse to acknowledge his myriad flaws have probably fallen into a cult of personality that I really don’t like in politics. We had enough of that during the Obama years, and I have no wish to see it repeated with a Republican president.
Whatever his other defects, however, Trump has mostly governed as a pretty solid conservative. Sure, he’s piled on the debt—though the GOP Congress has to take its own share of responsibility for that mess, and even at that he’s still got a ways to go in catching up with George W. Bush—but Trump has also cut taxes, rolled back regulations, and appointed originalist judges who will have a lasting impact that continues long after he has left office. Moreover, Trump has shifted the culture in such a way that the national news media—who at least pretended to be objective during other Republican administrations—have exposed themselves for the leftist partisans that they really are, and driven the Democrats so mad that they are actually embracing full-on socialism as a political platform.
So while it may be uglier out there than it’s been in a long time, at least it’s more honest—and people who have spent years disguising themselves as moderates and even center-right conservatives are now out in the open, having cast aside their masks in the name of #Resistance. Among this bunch are a few NeverTrump Republicans who, after losing their grip on party politics when Trump snatched a surprise victory away from Hillary Clinton, have declared war on the Trump administration in ways they never even contemplated with Barack Obama.
Aside from opposing every Trump policy, even when it advances the conservative cause, this small but dedicated band of marauders is now looking forward to Election 2020–and plotting how they can take the president down. From the Washington Examiner:
President Trump’s antagonists inside the Republican Party now have a fallback plan to scuttle his re-election: using the 2020 primary fight as a bludgeon to inflict irreparable political damage on him in the November general election.
The “Never Trump” movement’s preferred strategy is to recruit a formidable Republican who might block the president’s renomination, or at least mount an aggressive challenge that presses him all the way to the convention in Charlotte set for late summer next year.
Short of that, key renegade Republicans are preparing to settle for Plan B: mortally wound him.
And they’ve got it all worked out:
In 2020, that is the sort of primary challenge some “Never Trump” Republicans envision pursuing against this president if their favored option — running a contender strong enough to win — doesn’t come to fruition. For Republicans committed to dislodging Trump at all costs, wounding him in a primary would be adequate. No president challenged for renomination in the modern era has won a second term.
“For a number of people I’ve spoken to, putting a torpedo into Trump’s operation would suffice for them — if they could mortally wound him in a primary,” said a Republican insider involved in the effort.
In other words, if they can’t run a candidate who might prevail against Trump in a primary race, they’ll run somebody they know doesn’t stand a chance in the hopes that it will damage Trump so throughly that he will lose in the general.
Which means this NeverTrump contingent is actually working to ensure a Democrat victory.
Now let’s consider the current crop of Democrat hopefuls. Everyone from Elizabeth Warren to Cory Booker to Kamala Harris has enthusiastically signed on to the Green New Deal—which effectively socializes almost all of the American economy. Let’s also remember that all three of these Senators just voted against the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which means they all but support legalized infanticide.
And these are the people supposedly principled conservatives want to help get elected to the highest office in the land?
Think about that for a moment: These self-appointed Guardians of the Right would rather have a socialist president who is dedicated to the proposition that the murder of newborn babies should be legal. . .than Donald Trump? On what planet could that possibly make any sense? And how is such a goal in any way conservative?
I’ll give you a clue—it’s not. And neither is this bunch of NeverTrumpers, no matter how much they claim the contrary.