‘Never Trump’ leader eats major crow in a series of surprising, yet delicious, post-election reactions


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In the end, the #NeverTrump movement from the right turned out to be, in the words of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” However, for all their pre-election bluster, the during and especially post-election pontifications of the conservatives who were “too good” to vote for the President-elect (wow, I just got chills typing that!) for the most part tell a story not of evil people hellbent on destruction (like many of their Democratic temporary allies), but of patriots willing to learn and grow…

And eat a little bit of crow along the way.

Let’s explore a few:

The King of the NeverTrumpers, or at least the High Prince, has arguably been The Resurgent’s Erick Erickson, whose self-righteous, judgemental moralizing had blue-haired ladies all over the Bible Belt fearing for their immortal souls, or at least Donald Trump’s, if they voted for the “insert adjective” billionaire businessman.

To his credit, Erickson is taking his defeat in stride and even eating his crow humbly, seasoned with a little grace.




After the election was called, Erickson posted a piece to his website entitled, “#NeverTrump Must Model The Humility They Claim Trump Does Not Have.”

We just got beat. We just got proven wrong about a great many things. We should model the humility we think Trump does not have.

We are not selling out our principles by wishing Trump well and hoping for the best. We are not selling out our principles by giving him a chance and the benefit of a doubt — a benefit we did not give him when we turned out to be wrong about the election.

The American people disagreed with us. Be humble and recognize it was not because of racism or bigotry or bad motives. It was because people are fearful of the future and think no one in Washington has listened to them. Donald Trump has.

By the time this is over he will have outperformed Mitt Romney among blacks, hispanics, and blue collar voters. He clearly resonated in ways we do not appreciate.

It does no one any good for us to wish the President-elect ill. I wish him well. As he becomes the leader of this nation, scripture commands we pray for him. His election is God’s will. We should remember that. God is in charge. Trump is the instrument of His will.

Hoping for the best and giving him a chance reflects our principles. Doing so does not abandon our principles.

Despite polling that said he could have a shot, Utah’s “Mormon candidate,” Evan McMullin, ended up barely making a dent nationally and even finished a rather distant third in Utah behind Hillary Clinton. So, how did Mr. Goldman Sachs react to Donald Trump’s victory? We’re not sure. There are no updates on his website, although the mantra “it’s never too late to do the right thing” does ironically still appear. And as of this writing, McMullin’s Twitter feed is devoid of any mention of Trump or the improbable victory the former CIA agent was trying so hard to prevent.

Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol was perhaps the most vocal NeverTrump right-wing-establishment media figure. This Washington insider was clearly shocked by the election result, and his Tweets tell the story:

Looks like Kristol went into the night pretty confident:

Um, in the immortal words of Donald Trump, “Wrong!!”

The shock as the results start to come in:

And finally, acceptance:

And a touch of class:

Here are a few more delightful #NeverTrump reactions to last night’s stunning victory:

And finally, something all of us can agree on whether we supported Trump or not…

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