The Anti-Trump or "Never Trump" movement is people who opposed Donald Trump's candidacy for President, even after Trump became the front-runner in the 2016 Republican Presidential race. The movement included neocons, Cruzites, Leftists, feminists, and pro-immigration Democrats. There are also some liberal-leaning Republicans who declared their opposition to Trump. These Republican opponents included a handful of current and former elected officials, and a few mostly older commentators and academics. As of March 2016, over $63 million had been spent on ads attacking Trump. Trump was attacked by 187 organizations directly funded by George Soros.
The stated reasons and motivations of Republican opponents of Trump varied. Some churches opposed Trump because the churches are pro-immigration. Many supporters of Ted Cruz hoped Cruz would win the nomination instead of Trump. A few in Washington, D.C.-based pro-life organizations and in academia claimed that they oppose Trump based in part on his past comments about women, despite how that is a feminist objection and feminists generally support abortion. A "Catholic" letter was publicized against Trump, even though Trump's top campaign staff consisted of devout Catholics and Trump even spoken highly of Pope Francis despite the Pope's harsh criticism of Trump's support for building a wall against illegal immigration.
Trump entered the 2016 Republican national convention with a majority unfavorable poll number among the entire American people, rather than just GOP primary voters, likely due to unrelentless leftist attacks against him. Regardless, Trump won the primaries and the general election in a historic landslide.
The so-called "pro-life" letter against Trump
A letter signed by merely ten pro-lifers, two of whom were officers of the Susan B. Anthony List, an organization that has been associated with feminism, criticized Trump on the eve of the Iowa caucuses. The letter expressly sided with feminist Megyn Kelly against Trump:
|“||Moreover, as women, we are disgusted by Mr. Trump’s treatment of individuals, women, in particular. He has impugned the dignity of women, most notably Megyn Kelly, he mocked and bullied Carly Fiorina, and has through the years made disparaging public comments to and about many women. Further, Mr. Trump has profited from the exploitation of women in his Atlantic City casino hotel which boasted of the first strip club casino in the country.||”|
There is nothing pro-life about the foregoing criticism. Feminists, as a group other than the individuals mentioned above, are generally big supporters of taxpayer-funded abortion.
"An Appeal to Our Fellow Catholics" letter
A so-called Catholic letter dated March 7, 2016 and containing 37 signatories—more than 20% who were associated with the "Ethics and Public Policy Center"—attempted to make a Catholic case against voting for Donald Trump. Here is an excerpt from the letter, which was posted online by National Review:
|“||Donald Trump is manifestly unfit to be president of the United States. His campaign has already driven our politics down to new levels of vulgarity. His appeals to racial and ethnic fears and prejudice are offensive to any genuinely Catholic sensibility. He promised to order U.S. military personnel to torture terrorist suspects and to kill terrorists’ families — actions condemned by the Church and policies that would bring shame upon our country.||”|
One may question what, if anything, the above issue have to do with Catholicism.
The so-called "Conservatives Against Trump" rant in National Review
On Jan. 21, 2016, the neoconservative-leading National Review published a list of 22 individuals who oppose Donald Trump. Most of these individuals are associated with the media, such as Glenn Beck.
The Con Con movement
Many of the Republicans who seek a new federal constitutional convention, or an Article V convention, are refusing to endorse Donald Trump. For example, Michael Farris stated that he is not endorsing Trump. The Koch brothers have also been anti-Trump.
Convention delegate fight
Although Trump won a majority of Republican state primaries, many states did not award delegates on a statewide winner take all basis. In addition, although candidates for convention delegates are pledged to specific Presidential candidates, in many cases the individuals selected to serve as delegates are not strong advocates for their pledges. As a result, the Anti-Trump movement unsuccessfully sought to change the rules for the Republican National Convention to eliminate the requirement that delegates pledged to Trump actually vote to nominate Trump as President.
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- Trump under attack by 187 organizations directly funded by George Soros, http://drrichswier.com/, March 20, 2016
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