By Julie Kelly
The past several days have been filled with accolades and attention for NeverTrump, the wee collection of self-proclaimed “conservatives” working against the president, in the corporate media. The Washington Post published a lengthy puff piece on two new nonprofits that are targeting not just President Trump but Trump-supporting Republican senators up for re-election. Post reporters, without evidence, referred to NeverTrump as a “sudden campaign force” that should make Team Trump shudder with fear.
Frank Bruni, far from a conservative or anything close to one, swooned over NeverTrumpers in his latest New York Times column. “That’s why, when I look at them, I see patriotism,” Bruni cooed. That’s funny - most people on the Right, when they look at NeverTrump, see a sad collection of losing campaign managers, failed magazine editors, and third-rate pundits hanging on for dear life by giving the false impression a big chunk of Republicans oppose Donald Trump. When President Trump looks at them, he sees “human scum.” And when Democrats see NeverTrump, they see useful idiots.
As I write in my new book, DISLOYAL OPPOSITION: How the NeverTrump Right Tried - And Failed - To Take Down the President, NeverTrumpers have aided and abetted Democrats at every turn during the Trump era. From first seeding the imaginary Russian collusion ruse to backing impeachment, NeverTrump acts as the Democratic Party’s waterboys, cheering from the bench and wiping down sweaty brows hoping for a few atta-boys on MSNBC.
This bunch is up to their old tricks as Election Day nears. Two new shell groups - the Lincoln Project and Republican Voters Against Trump - are producing inflammatory ads and blanketing the media, both traditional and social, with scary stories about Donald Trump. [more...]