Never Say #NeverTrump

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What looked like a healthy anti-Trump movement when it started, the #NeverTrump hashtag has now been exposed as a politically bone-headed idea.

I have long been an admirer of the prophet Peter Wolfgang, and I have to agree with him again: However much you dislike the idea of Trump being President, declaring in the winter of our discontent that you will always and everywhere be #NeverTrump is a bad idea.

Like Peter, I can’t imagine myself ever voting for Donald Trump. I would rather join John Boehner and vote for Paul Ryan or go completely anti-establishment and join the masses who vote for Mickey Mouse.

But there are three groups who benefit from an early declaration of #NeverTrump.

The first is Hillary Clinton and her supporters. She wants you not just to hate Trump, but to hate him so much you allow her to become President. And as terrible as Donald Trump is, the case could be made that a woman who has devoted her life to boosting abortion clinics’ profits at the expense of moms and children is worse.

The second group to benefit are the angry anti-Democracy anti-Trump supporters who would rather shut him down than try to beat him fair and square. I love how Marco Rubio in his concession speech starts by thanking Trump and when his supporters object, reminds them “we live in a Republic.” Later, when he is heckled by a Trump supporter he assures the man that he won’t get beat up at a Rubio rally. I, for one, would rather see Trump win than see Democracy fail.

And of course the third group the #NeverTrump hashtag benefits is Donald Trump and his supporters. And that makes it a bad idea. It benefits Trump by confirming his voters’ worst suspicions that there is no fair shake in American politics; that the donor class wants things their way or no way at all.

Says Wolfgang:

Note that the smartest anti-Trump voices are not saying #NeverTrump. Robert P. George, for instance, co-authored an appeal signed by several Catholic luminaries declaring Trump “manifestly unfit to be president of the United States.”  But according to a Facebook comment by Austin Ruse, “on radio Robby said the question of the general will come later and would depend on who the candidates are and if there is a ‘credible third party candidate.’” And Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse’s eloquent cri de coeur did not say “#NeverTrump.” What Sasse wrote was “Given what we know about him today, here’s where I’m at: If Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee, my expectation is that I will look for some third candidate …” (emphasis added).

For pro-life voters our play is clear: Do whatever is necessary to help restore the right to life in America. Without the right to life, everything falls. That is why everything is falling today. In a land where you can take the lives of those you find inconvenient, there is no basis for any other human right.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying “Vote for Trump.” If Trump can convince us that he will protect human life, then let him do so — but he is going to have to earn pro-life votes the hard way. If he does nothing more to earn our vote, it would be better to write in your favorite Hobbit than to vote for Trump.

Whoever becomes president it is our job to deliver the consistent message that we will always be for life. Not #NeverTrump — but #NeverRoe, #NeverDeath, #AlwaysLife.

The views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of CatholicVote.org

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Tom Hoopes, author of What Pope Francis Really Said, is writer in residence at Benedictine College, in Atchison, Kansas, where he teaches in the Journalism and Mass Communications Department and edits The Gregorian, a Catholic identity speech digest. He was previously editor of the National Catholic Register for 10 years and with his wife, April, of Faith & Family magazine for five. A frequent contributor to Catholic publications, he began his career as a reporter in the Washington, D.C., area and as press secretary for U.S. House Ways & Means Chairman Bill Archer. He lives in Atchison with his wife and those of his nine children still at home. The views and opinions expressed on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of Benedictine College or the Gregorian Institute.

14 Comments

  1. What happened, Tom?

    On March 4, you posted a suite of “great succinct anti-Trump arguments”.

    You were very entertained by the whole thing less than two weeks ago.

    What are you going to advise us to do on say, on March 30th or thereabouts?

    #makeupyourmindTom

  2. Luke Derhard on

    Your logic is very interesting. If you say #NeverTrump benefits Trump and his supporters does that mean writing this article benefits #NeverTrump supporters….

    #NEVERTRUMP

    NEVER EVER COMPROMISE YOUR VOTE ON MARRIAGE AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.

    • So, Trump is going to support gay marriage advocates and harm religious liberty, is that what your small mind has deduced from observing lie after lie of the conservative media over the past 6 months? Do you believe that a President Hillary might not harm marriage and religious liberty? My advice to you is to better educate yourself on the facts.

  3. Sorry, but Trump has repeatedly shown that he does not deserve my vote. I don’t trust him to be any more pro-life than Hillary. So I continue to say #NeverTrump. Only a serious conversion on his part would change my stance.

    While it’s cute to say “vote for your favorite Hobbit”, may I recommend, instead: vote4joe.com

  4. I’d like to share with your readers what National Review (a media outlet that Brian Burch seems very happy to attach himself to) has to say about people who support Trump. Behold the charity you good Catholics.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/432876/donald-trump-white-working-class-dysfunction-real-opportunity-needed-not-trump

    Also, say Tom, you really would like to vote for Paul Ryan; the guy who funded Planned Parenthood to the hilt a few months back? The guys who would fund anything as long as it averted a govt. shutdown? Why do you buy Paul Ryan’s excuses? Isn’t Paul Ryan the first Speaker of the House in history to fund an organization that was caught on tape numerous times discussing how it sells aborted babies?

    • I agree Kyle. Paul Ryan? The ‘Catholic’ Paul Ryan?Yeah right. Amazing. Look, I’m not a Trump supporter, but what I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW from the Catholic world, is : Where in the heck were you all when Obama was running, even in 2012 when we all KNEW he was the abortion king of the world???? When we all KNEW he was the gay marriage king of the world???? When we all KNEW he wasn’t much of a friend to Catholic Christians with his discriminating health care bill that lots had to end up in court to fight because he WOULDN’T BUDGE ON PROVIDING ABORTION DRUGS????? The only thing I heard or read was to vote for the candidate closer to Catholic values!!! Everyone in the Catholic world was terrified to mention any names, but not now??? Now it’s #NEVER TRUMP??? It’s really disgusting. I mean really, really disgusting.

  5. How about if you start a NEVER HILLARY movement instead of torpedoing Republican candidates? There are plenty of big-named Catholic conservatives supporting Trump, from Phyllis Schlafly to Pat Buchanan to name a few..

    it’s not about “establishment” and “non-establishment”–it’s about a revolution against spineless Republicans who’ve been neutered by political correctness and are afraid of actually fighting for Republican causes.

    Voters are tired of spineless and ineffective Republicans– candidates who were sent to Washington to fight to stop the agendas of the left. The Republicans have held the senate and the congress yet the left continues to march unimpeded.

    Enough with the polished debaters who sounds so good with their flowery speeches and empty promises.

    Enough with the loud complainers who do nothing but complain but aren’t smart enough to actually get anything done. What is needed is a fearless leader who is savvy enough to beat the liberal democratic machine and their smear and fear campaigns; the Republican Party needs someone who has the will and wit to shove the left’s political correctness right back at them.

    It’s not about electing polished goody-two-shoes—politicians who say the right things and deliver nothing; it’s about sending someone who is not afraid of standing up to fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It’s one thing to stand on a soap box to shout how bad things are; it’s quite another thing to charge forward and lead an army into battle..

  6. Vincent manning on

    Anyone professing #nevertrump should disclose the connection between their income/employment and federal tax dollars . This includes college professors Did Robby George ever have anything to say about his colleague Peter Singer?

  7. Jimmy Martello on

    You can never make a legitimate deal with the devil. Voting for Trump is splitting the baby. #NeverEverTrump

  8. Stop using “abortion as a reason to support white supreme sim and crypto fascism. Are you minion for dominionism, using one or two issues to manipulate devout Christians.

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