Whenever I write against Donald Trump, I get dozens of replies that go something like this, “Did you see what McConnell and the GOPe did yesterday? That’s what ‘principled conservatism’ brought us. Now it’s time for Trump.” I must confess that I wonder if intelligent, rational people are making this argument in good faith.
Here seems to be their reasoning: If I’m opposed to Mitch McConnell’s actions (which I often am, though I also know he and House leaders have done a great deal of good) — then rather than seeking to persuade him to change course and supporting politicians and primary opponents who I believe are both principled conservatives and men of integrity, I should cast my lot with a demagogue who — as I’ve said before — combines old-school Democratic ideology, a bizarre form of hyper-violent isolationism, fringe conspiracy theories, crass personal insults, and serial lies with an enthusiastic flock of online racists to create perhaps the most toxic electoral coalition since George Wallace.
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