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Never Trumpers don't represent the Republican base

Never Trumpers don't represent the Republican base
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Never Trumpers have completely lost the plot. They’ve had a year and a half to digest the lessons from the 2016 election and observe the Trump presidency. However, they’ve come to the asinine conclusion that the only way forward is to blow up everything, give power to the Democrats and start from scratch. Apparently, somewhere deep down in the DNA of establishment Republicans, is the nasty “Let’s snatch defeat from the jaws of victory” gene.

It’s no surprise that "Neville Chamberlain Republicans" are highly sought-after guests on mainstream TV and placements in the “best” newspapers in the nation.

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Unfortunately, these Never Trumpers don’t represent the Republican base. Rather than provide valuable perspectives on a significant portion of the country that doesn’t have prominent advocates in mainstream media, Never Trumpers feed into the frenzy on the left. But their views and representation have very little to do with the real world.

 

Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist succinctly described this problem on Sunday’s episode of Fox News's "MediaBuzz," explaining the dominance of Never Trumpers in mainstream media outlets:  

In the real world they represent an incredibly small fraction of people. In the media world, they dominate everything. Look at newspapers that don’t have a single columnist to represent the average Republican voter even though the average Republican voter elected the president who is in charge of a lot of stuff. So these people get a lot of prominence for a pretty minority opinion and they seem to be praised by people in the media.

The mainstream media eats up this “Republican who has turned on his party” schtick like a kid in a candy shop.

All of a sudden, the Never Trumpers have earned a “strange new respect” at CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times and the rest. 

The networks eagerly hand out contracts and airtime to promote the Never Trump elements, even though polling shows they represent almost no one but themselves. Their Trump hate might earn them pats on the head in the green room and invitations to the elite corners of the Acela Corridor, but it doesn’t represent the Republican base.

Even after weeks of wall-to-wall negative coverage of the border crisis, Trump’s approval rating among Republicans still sits at about 87 percent. Now ask yourself: Of the conservative pundits that you see on TV or in print, are these from people that generally agree with the president’s actions?

Of course not. In fact, I’d say the ratio is flipped in favor of the minority views represented by the persistent Never Trumpers, especially with MSNBC, CNN, The Washington Post and other mainstream media outlets.

The fact is that Max Boot, George Will, Bill Kristol, Jennifer Rubin and the rest of the cabal no longer represent the conservative Republican base (though I’m not sure they ever really did represent much of it anyway).

It is clearly devastating to them that no one on the right is really listening to them anymore. They're like two-year-old children throwing tantrums with their “Vote Democrat!” and “Burn it down to build it up” routine. These poor souls are amusing examples of the fact that Trump Derangement Syndrome is a very real thing (even though it shouldn't be taken too seriously).  

They’ve become a bit of a clown show (and, fact is, their numbers probably could fit into a clown car). They’re like one of the oddities at old county fairs, trotted out by mainstream outlets and, on cue, performing their song-and-dance routine. "Oh, look, it’s a 'conservative Republican' who says Trump is a bad man and the Republican Party is racist and we should all vote Democrat because conservatism is in crisis." The left claps and cheers, pats them on the head, while the poor Never Trumpers seem to miss the joke: They’re useful tools for the left, and nothing more.

What is strange in all of this wailing by the Never Trumpers is that Trump has had one of the most successful first 18 months of a Republican president in recent times, from appointing judges to cutting taxes to rolling back the regulatory state.

Yet, it appears the Never Trumpers would have been more comfortable with getting second place in 2016 and having Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSinema invokes McCain in Senate acceptance speech Sinema defeats McSally in Arizona Senate race Hillicon Valley: Social media struggles with new forms of misinformation | US, Russia decline to join pledge on fighting cybercrimes | Trump hits Comcast after antitrust complaint | Zuckerberg pressed to testify before global panel MORE make her second nomination to the Supreme Court, with perpetual state support of abortion rates, higher taxes, nationwide gun control and the enshrinement of the Paris Climate Accords.

Makes one wonder which side the Never Trumpers are on. In fact, it reminds one of the dwarfs in C.S. Lewis’s "The Last Battle" in which the dwarfs loudly proclaim, “The dwarfs are for the dwarfs!”

So it is with the Never Trumpers: They’re for themselves, for their own interests, for what benefits them and, with every passing day, they diminish themselves even more.

The fact is that, with the election of Trump, they were weighed in the balance, found wanting, and rejected. As someone once said, “A leader without followers is simply a man taking a walk.” And so I hope the Never Trumpers have a very long, long walk in the deserts of political irrelevancy.

Ned Ryun is a former presidential writer for President George W. Bush and the founder and CEO of American Majority, which trains conservative political candidates and activists.