There are a few things I can’t wrap my mind around in life: The laws of the universe, why anyone could want pineapple on their pizza, and how there can still be Never-Trump Republicans.
After a presidency that was the most conservative since Ronald Reagan, it strains credulity to believe that there are still Republicans who despise Donald Trump, RINOs who disdain Trump so much that they are willing to leave the Republican party to form a third party.
But despite my shock, they exist…and they really do mean it when they say they’ll leave the GOP for good.
The New York Times reported that “More than 100 Republicans, including some former elected officials, are preparing to release a letter this week threatening to form a third party if the Republican Party does not make certain changes, according to an organizer of the effort.
The statement is expected to take aim at former President Donald J. Trump’s stranglehold on Republicans, which signatories to the document have deemed unconscionable.
‘When in our democratic republic, forces of conspiracy, division, and despotism arise, it is the patriotic duty of citizens to act collectively in defense of liberty and justice,’ reads the preamble to the full statement, which is expected to be released on Thursday.”
Reuters reported that former governors Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania and Christine Todd Whitman of New Jersey will sign it, as will former Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters and former Representatives Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, Barbara Comstock of Virginia, Reid Ribble of Wisconsin, and Mickey Edwards of Oklahoma.
Who died and made these Never-Trump people the Kings and Queens of the Republican party?
They are in no position to make demands of the party, much less to issue threats.
Yeah, I am sure Donald Trump is shaking in his boots at the prospect of a third party headed by the likes of Tom Ridge, a man who hasn’t been relevant since the George W. Bush administration.
But, by all means, Tom, start a third party and see how that goes for you.
It is possible to not like Trump’s antics while still appreciating his conservative accomplishments as president and supporting the GOP as a whole.
But these Never-Trump Republicans have a blind spot when it comes to Trump’s many successes.
President Trump nominated three Constitutionalists to the Supreme Court, as well as 300 other judges to the Federal courts, eating away at the Left’s decades of judicial dominance.
He got rid of the Obamacare individual mandate, rendering the law impotent.
On the foreign policy and national security front, he increased funding for the military, brokered peace in the Middle East, moved the American Embassy to Jerusalem, ripped up the Iran Nuclear Deal, staved off a conflict with North Korea, killed two of the worsts terrorists in the world, and pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Accord. He also moved money around to fund a portion of a border wall and was able to get Mexico to send troops to the border to keep more illegal immigrants from crossing into the country.
Trump handled the coronavirus response far better than his efforts were portrayed by the media and Joe Biden. He got the states all the ventilators, PPE, and testing that they needed.
Trump did more for the black community than any president in my lifetime. He signed into law criminal justice reform, increased funding to historically black colleges, and established opportunity zones to encourage investment in low-income minority neighborhoods.
And this is in no way an exhaustive list of Trump’s accomplishments.
A new political party hasn’t been successful since the Republican party before the Civil War.
Teddy Roosevelt’s progressive party made a run at the presidency in 1912, and Ross Perot did well in 1992 as an Independent, but that is as close to success that a third party has had since the Civil War.
That isn’t saying much.
So, good luck, Never-Trump Party…you are going to need it.