In less than a month, President-elect Donald Trump will become President Trump. And I have a few words for conservative NeverTrumpers who are unbending in their determination to carry their disappointment and frustration over the election of Trump throughout his presidency. While I understand your disenchantment with Trump, I cannot sympathize with your unreasonable defiance.
As a Ted Cruz supporter, I was discouraged when the Republican Party nominated Donald Trump. I believed then, and I still believe that Cruz is a statesman with the temperament and wisdom needed to lead this great country back from the edge of the abyss. It was my assessment that Donald Trump was too aggressive, often repugnant, and exceedingly bombastic. And my evaluation of ‘The Donald’ has not changed. There are justifiable concerns in the expectations of a Trump presidency.
But with that said, Donald Trump defeated Ted Cruz before ceremoniously thumping Hillary Clinton. I wholeheartedly supported Trump in his campaign against Clinton. Not only did we have the Supreme Court to consider, but a Clinton presidency would have completed Obama’s complete transformation of America. Clinton had to be beaten, and thank the Lord that she was. My guy, Ted Cruz, lost. And that little fact is called ‘reality.’ I don’t beat dead horses. I move on after setbacks.
Many NeverTrumpers reluctantly bit the bullet and voted for Trump in the general election. Other NeverTrumpers decided to give Trump a shot after he won the presidency. And then there are the NeverTrumpers who will go to their graves despising Donald Trump.
I ask you NeverTrumpers who are so obstinate in your contempt for Trump, “What are you accomplishing with this intense animosity towards Trump?” Donald Trump may be obnoxious, but the man has yet to make policy. Holding onto the extreme hostility that you are directing at Trump is unproductive. You will beget nothing but ulcers.
Disliking Donald Trump is a valid reaction to his often infuriating behavior. I was so angry with his disgraceful attacks on Ted Cruz that I was a NeverTrumper for a few days, but it was nothing more than my symbolic way of protesting Trump. It didn’t take but hearing Hillary Clinton’s shriek in soundbites of her campaign speeches for me to come to my senses.
NeverTrumpers have become so fixated on their hatred for Trump that they are tormenting themselves. A few days ago I wrote a three-piece commentary on the transformation of Glenn Beck. The piece was about Beck’s irrational alliance with the Left for the purpose of stopping Donald Trump. NeverTrumpers on my facebook page became indignant, and rather than defend Beck’s strange association with the far left, they fashioned the discussion to be about their loathing of Trump. The analysis was about Beck’s collaboration with the liberals to stop Trump. I was not questioning his bitterness towards Trump. But the NeverTrumpers could not get past their venomous attitude towards Trump to comprehend the theme of my column.
If NeverTrumpers are sincere in their assertion that they want what is best for this country, would it at least not be judicious to give Trump the courtesy of leading? He may prove to be as oppressive as NeverTrumpers believe he will be, and then again, he may prove to be the powerhouse that this nation needs to rise from the ashes of the Obama presidency. We don’t have to like him to give him a chance.
NeverTrumpers do not have to board the Trump Train to wish his presidency well. I don’t ride the Trump Train. I never get on bandwagons. But I do support Trump with reservations and with the knowledge that he will make decisions that I like and those that I don’t like.
Of one thing I am certain. Conservatives must set the progressives back a hundred years. Now is the time to disarm the globalist movement that has been on steroids since the Era of Obama. Whether Trump is the man who can lead us back to a sane place in history is yet to be seen. Maybe he will, and maybe he won’t. But he is what we’ve got, and I will at least stand by him while he takes his shot. If he misfires, I will make my objections known.
We are in a war with the progressive globalists. Like him or not, Donald Trump is the man of the hour. You fight with the army you have, and Trump is who we have. And that’s as simple as it gets.