Never Trump movement

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The Never Trump movement was a political group opposed to 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-illegal 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. By March 2016, over $63 million had been spent on ads attacking Trump.[1] Trump was attacked by 187 organizations directly funded by George Soros.[2]

The stated reasons and motivations of Republican opponents of Trump varied. Some churches opposed Trump because they supported illegal immigration. A few Washington, D.C.-based pro-life organizations and in academia claimed that they opposed Trump based in part on his past comments about women, despite how that is a feminist objection and the current feminists generally support abortion. A "Catholic" letter was publicized against Trump, even though Trump's top campaign staff consisted of devout Catholics and he even spoke highly of Pope Francis, despite the Pope's harsh criticism of Trump's support for building a wall against illegal immigration.

The Never Trump movement is largely synonymous with token conservatives – mainly RINOs and faux conservatives who the liberal media frequently promotes as "conservative" voices.[3][4] While they are in the extreme minority of the Republican Party, they are heavily promoted by the mainstream media which makes them appear more important than they actually are.[5] David Horowitz, a pro-Trump conservative, has identified two types of NeverTrumpers: those like Bill Kristol who hate Trump so much that they even oppose the most mainstream of his conservative policies and side with the Left, and those who claim to support some of the president's policies while still irrationally opposing him nonetheless.[6] Most NeverTrumpers are politically complacent, claiming to stand for conservative principles but being unconcerned of the advances of leftism and then criticizing President Trump when he actually tries to roll back their advances.[7]

2016 presidential election

According to polling data (which proved inaccurate when trying to predict the general election outcome) 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.[8][9] Regardless, Trump won the primaries and the general election in a historic landslide, illustrating the American people's rejection of the Never Trump movement.[10][11]

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, a conservative 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:[12]

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.[13] 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.[14] 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, refused to endorse Donald Trump. For example, Michael Farris stated that he would not endorse Trump. The Koch brothers also were anti-Trump.

Convention delegate fight

Although Trump won a majority of Republican state primaries,[15] 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.[16] 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.

During Trump's presidency

The size and influence of the Never Trump movement had greatly declined by Trump's first year as president.[17] Many never-Trumpers have refused to give Trump credit when he made a decision as president they liked. For example, while some Never Trumpers congratulated President Trump for declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, others – even those known for supporting Israel – stayed silent on the declaration.[18] Many of them also criticized Trump's foreign policy because it put U.S. interests first.[19] Other never-Trumpers eventually warmed to president Trump after seeing his actions as president, and they acknowledged his achievements.[20]

Conservative critics have described the "Never Trump" movement as useful idiots of the liberal media.[21] As seen with the quick firing of Never Trumper Kevin Williamson from The Atlantic due to his conservative pro-life positions on abortions, their knee-jerk opposition to President Trump did not cause the left-wing media to fully accept them.[22]

In April 2018, David Brooks, himself a Never Trumper, admitted that the Never Trump movement had failed.[23] If it had succeeded, the Supreme Court would have had a 6–3 Democrat majority by mid-2018.[24]

Many Never-Trumpers, despite claiming to be "conservative", openly advocated for electing Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections.[25]

See also


  1. $63 Million and Counting: Anti-Trump Ads Take Over the Airwaves, ABC, March 19, 2016
  2. Trump under attack by 187 organizations directly funded by George Soros,, March 20, 2016
  3. Mason, Ian (January 21, 2018). How Never Trump Spent Their First Year in Resistance. Breitbart News. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  4. Nolan, Lucas (October 23, 2017). Salon Publishes List of Approved Trump-Hating Twitter Conservatives. Breitbart News. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  5. Concha, Joe (July 9, 2018). #NeverTrumpers dominate media despite Trump party loyalty at historic high. The Hill. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  6. Horowitz, David (August 20, 2018). David Horowitz: Trump’s Character and Trump’s Presidency. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  7. Delingpole, James (August 23, 2018). Delingpole: Trump Derangement Syndrome Is Making Conservatives Lazy, Cowardly and Stupid. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  8. "Poll Chart: Donald Trump Favorable Rating", Huffington Post. Retrieved on March 21, 2017. 
  9. "Poll: Clinton, Trump most unfavorable candidates ever", USA Today, Aug 31, 2016. Retrieved on March 21, 2017. “Among U.S. adults, Clinton now has a 56% unfavorability rating, while Trump had 63%.” 
  10. Trump wins presidency, defeats Clinton in historic election upset. Fox News. November 8, 2016. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  11. Goldmacher, Shane & Schreckinger, Ben (November 9, 2016). Trump pulls off biggest upset in U.S. history. Politico. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  15. Republican Convention. The Green Papers. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  16. Peters, Jeremy. "In Pennsylvania, Unbound Delegates Remain Wary of Donald Trump", New York Times, April 27, 2016. Retrieved on March 21, 2017. 
  17. NY Mag: Never Trumpers Crash and Burn. Breitbart News. December 28, 2017. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  18. Pollak, Joel B. (December 6, 2017). #NeverTrump on Jerusalem, Embassy Decision: ‘Good for Trump’. Breitbart News. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  19. Glick, Caroline (August 5, 2018). Caroline Glick: Never Trump’s Insane Foreign Policy. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  20. Shaw, Adam (December 19, 2017). ‘Never Trump’ Conservatives Soften to President Trump, Hail His Achievements. Breitbart News. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  21. Nolte, John (January 15, 2018). Nolte: The Media Has Found Its Useful Idiots in #NeverTrump. Breitbart News. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  22. Nolte, John (April 6, 2018). Nolte: Kevin Williamson’s ‘Atlantic’ Firing Should Wake Up #NeverTrump (But It Won’t). Breitbart News. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  23. Scarry, Eddie (April 10, 2018). David Brooks: 'The anti-Trump movement is a failure'. Washington Examiner. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  24. Nolte, John (June 29, 2018). Nolte: Never-Trump Would’ve Handed Democrats 6-3 Supreme Court Majority. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  25. Multiple references: See also: