Loser Republicans Want to Form Brand New Anti-Trump Party
We’re at least four years beyond the unequivocal death of the NeverTrump movement, but the headless chicken is still running around the dooryard. According to a new report, more than 120 former elected Republicans met in a Zoom meeting last Friday to discuss putting their anti-Trump powers together to form – sigh – a brand news political party. The participants included “former officials in the Republican administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Trump, ex-Republican ambassadors and Republican strategists,” reports Reuters.
We are to understand that these former officials want to run on a platform of “principled conservatism.”
“Large portions of the Republican Party are radicalizing and threatening American democracy,” said Utah Republican Evan McMullin, who hosted the call. “The party needs to recommit to truth, reason and founding ideals or there clearly needs to be something new.”
Reuters reports that the new party is considering names such as the Integrity Party or the Center Right Party. We assume there was very little support for “Loser Party,” even if it would more accurately capture the reality of this movement.
Asked for comment, Trump spokesman Jason Miller said, “These losers left the Republican Party when they voted for Joe Biden.”
True on all counts.
According to the story, the NeverTrumpers aren’t sure if they want to break off and form a whole new party; they are also talking about creating a special “faction” within the existing structure of the Republican Party. A kind of Tea Party for dweebs, if you get the drift.
Are we being too harsh on these fellows? We don’t think so. There is already plenty of room within the Republican Party for disagreements on policy, but at a certain point, the party is – or at least should be – guided by the will of the voters. That’s what happened in 2016. Trump didn’t come in and buy the primaries; he won them by giving voters something they hadn’t seen in a long time – a platform that actually aligned with their desires. And he gave them something else they hadn’t seen in a long time: Victory.
Evan McMullin and his friends may feel like they’re standing on the firm ground of principle, but the reality is that they are taking steps that will not only end in embarrassment for themselves but could very well do lasting damage to the conservative cause for years to come. If that cause means anything to them, they should cure their Trump Derangement Syndrome and get back into the only political fight that matters.