I recently went to battle with people I respect. Jonah Goldberg, Bill Kristol, and in smaller degree Erick Erickson, all Never Trump people.
They are entitled to their opinions, and in full disclosure, I was never a Trump fan, per se, but I was never, Never Trump. I liked Cruz for the way he ran his campaign initially. I liked Rand Paul for his intellect, and ability to attract Millennials. I’m sure many of you had your reasons for backing one of the 18 other losers.
We all lost.
There could only be one winner, and I vowed publicly to support the winner. Keeping crooked Hillary Clinton out of the White House trumped any other possibility, including voting for Lindsay Graham or that other chick John Kasich.
Trump is unconventional and far from perfect. One Twitter troll wrote: that’s the understatement of the year. So what?
How well have we done with “conventional” candidates. We elected Bush, and he torpedoed the economy, and was a Leftist globalist. I wish I could go back in time and criticize him. The only thing I like about Bush was I know he loved the country.
I know that about Trump, too. I believe that Trump is much more conservative than Bush, though we disagree on things. People worry that he won’t keep his promises; as if any politician ever has. That’s not a pass for Trump. He will be held accountable, at least by me.
There is no true Conservative alive who is not sick of “politics as usual.” Well Trump is not politics as usual.
Politics as usual is career politicians who tell us what we want to hear, then do nothing of what they promised. They are frauds. Slaves to poll numbers and special interests.
The #NeverTrump crowd acts as if they have moved the needle. They pretend that the people they select have been stellar. Nothing could be further from the truth. These are the same people who didn’t like Reagan.
As in the time of Reagan, the people spoke. And when the people speak, things improve. Now these #NeverTrump people, the very people who would have fought against Reagan, mention his name time and again, as if they are responsible for him.
The Era of Obama reminds us of the Era of Carter. To recover from that humiliating time in history, we needed a real leader; somebody who wasn’t establishment.
However it happened, blind luck or Divine Intervention, Trump came out on top. He has Hillary Clinton scrambling, and I no longer think it’s just blind luck.
Glenn Beck, one of the leaders of #NeverTrump claims that those of us who support Trump “kneel at the gilded altar.”
For months, Trump took aim at his primary opponents with an unprecedented brand of ruthlessness and crassness. From Bobby Jindal to Marco Rubio to Rick Perry, anyone who dared to speak out against Trump or threaten him in the polls immediately found themselves in the crosshairs of Trump’s vitriolic jabs. These candidates, in turn, constantly warned of the dangers of a Trump presidency and practically begged voters to turn away from him. That is, of course, until Trump became the nominee. This week, most of these same candidates lined up to kneel at the foot of the RNC’s new gilded altar.
What Trump did to the other candidates is worthy of respect. He’s doing the same thing to Hillary Clinton, as they don’t know what’s hitting them. Trump will never be predictable to politicians. But he will be accountable to the people who elected him.
I suggest the people who feel slighted by Trump just relax. We can’t do worse, unless we allow crooked Hillary Clinton to be elected.