The established Republicans are pushing back on a Trump nomination. Note that I haven’t said “Republican Establishment” because it would be destroyed if it took sides. That’s fine. If “The Establishment” won’t provide leadership (and it can’t), movement conservatives and established Republicans can (and are).
As many as one out of five Republican voters have said they will not support Trump in the general election. Spurred on by a Twitter Hashtag, blogger Erick Erickson, National Review, and an electrifying letter from Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, a grassroots revolt is underway by the reliable Republican base. Schoolteachers, military officers, Kiwanis Club Presidents, cops, business owners, weekly church worshipers, etc are all saying one thing:
Nominate Trump and you elect Hillary President ‘cuz we will sit the November election out.
This is a serious threat. Those of us who joined the Party of Lincoln and Reagan have no interest in the Party of David Duke and Donald Trump. Those of us who advanced conservative principles in our churches, in our communities, who organized tea party events, and donated money to movement conservatives are simply not interested in our decades of hard work being unraveled by a Republican Progressive. If the populists (who have a right to to be angry with Republicans in Congress) want to “take a flamethrower to the GOP,” by introducing a big government bozo with a history of working against us, take that flamethrower to a burning building, because we ain’t playing that game.
We will sit this election out and let a Democratic progressive fall on her face rather than let a Republican progressive destroy the conservative movement.
I won’t support Trump ever and there are tens of millions like me right now. It would be nice to hear some local electeds do the same. It may cost you your political career but if you care about the future of the conservative movement, you will soundly reject this charlatan by name, communicate your intent to abstain in November clearly, and show some damned leadership. If you don’t, I understand but don’t ask me for any favors locally.
Without movement conservatives and “established Republican” voters, Trump can’t beat Hillary Clinton. Heck, he is polling to a loss against her now.
#NeverTrump Not Today. Not in November. Your move.