A lot of pundits think that the Never Trump movement fizzled out when Donald Trump was given the Republican presidential nomination. Trump and his surrogates thought that Conservatives would rally behind him in unison because of his rival Democrat nominee #Hillary Clinton. However, the tales of our demise were greatly exaggerated. If anything, the townhall debate Monday revitalized our movement.
The Never Trump Movement makes a comeback
The Never Trump movement is comprised of some very unlikely allies. Libertarians, Neocons, and Classic Conservatives all came together to challenge Trump. We ultimately failed in the primary and later at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. There is a lot of blame to go around about the failure, but I attribute part of it to the actions of RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and the rest of the GOP leadership for not stepping up and stopping Trump.
The argument against #Donald Trump was always that he is a Clinton spoiler. After all, he was a supporter of the Clintons during the 1990s and even donated money to the Clinton Foundation. He supported many Democrat positions and it was not until he threw his name onto the GOP primary ballot that he allegedly adopted many Conservative values.
The loss at the GOP Convention put Never Trump followers on the defensive. Conservatives like Ben Shapiro, Tara Setmayer, Sarah Rumpf, Amanda Carpenter, Glenn Beck, to only name a few, refused to board the Trump Train. For a long time, it seemed that we were a small minority.
Even though Conservatives saw Trump's dismal performance at the first debate and the great performance of his running-mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence in the Vice Presidential debate. To Never Trump acolytes, Pence proved that Conservatives could win on their values. It began an interesting debate among Republicans.
The shoe really dropped when the Trump tapes of our nominee discussing sexually harassing women went public. Republican donors and supporters, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan immediately condemned and disavowed Trump. Never Trump acolytes were able to say, "I told you so."
On Monday, Donald Trump had a good debate. He threw Hillary Clinton off message and he clearly got under her skin during most of the townhall. She was visibly agitated throughout the entire debate. He got in so many meme worthy moments, they will dominate social media for most of the election.
Too little too late
However, for me as a Never Trump Conservative, it is too little too late. Trump has alienated Conservatives into other parties, independent movements, or into just not voting. If he had said from the beginning, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend," I would be all on board. Instead, he publicly ridiculed his base and has now begun to affect down ticket races.
Because of this, I am still Never Trump. My perspective is, even though he clearly defeated his opponent in the last debate, his constant need to put his foot in his mouth has ruined any chance of me supporting him. I will not vote for Clinton and I will not vote for Trump. I just hope that the GOP will not further squander this election. #NeverTrump