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Are Democrats killing the #NeverTrump movement?

Katelyn Caralle of the Washington Examiner highlights one Republican consultant’s musings about the future of Never Trumpers within the Republican Party.

A Republican political strategist said that the Democrats demise in 2020 will be caused by the progressive faction of the party.

“Democrats seem to have responded to the election of Mr. Trump not by pushing forward sensible, moderate candidates who understand the fundamentals of government and policy but rather far-left legislators in Congress and policy like the late-term-abortion laws in Virginia and New York,” Liz Mair wrote in a New York Times opinion article.

She specifically mentioned that recently elected Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., helped push the party further left and from party line-skirters.

She claims that those initially opposed to Trump are considering voting for him in 2020 as the Democratic Party pushes further left, and says the “Never Trump” Republican movement is “no longer playing much of a role in the actual biosphere.”

Mair says that Republicans who opposed Trump in 2016 are now supporting him in 2020 after wins on tax reform, regulation rollbacks, undermining the Affordable Care Act, and big executive appointments, especially in the Supreme Court and federal judiciary.

“Those things matter to lots of different types of conservatives, and some of them matter in particular to social conservatives,” Mair wrote. “That leaves relatively few of us undecideds pacing the proverbial political mall, window shopping. Our efforts to affect the 2020 map might just be pointless.”

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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