When conservative pundit Erick Erickson declared he would never vote for then-candidate Trump in 2016, he used a hashtag that has survived until today. #NeverTrump became the rallying hashtag for many conservatives who felt Trump was too flawed as a businessman, leader, and person to be President of the United States.
Today, Erickson announced he would be backing President Trump for his reelection bid.
This isn’t too surprising. It’s not that President Trump has been shockingly different from what we expected. Those of us who were #NeverTrump knew he would be childish on Twitter. We knew he would lean towards many leftist policies like tariffs, bump stock bans, red flag gun laws, and overuse of executive powers. We knew he wouldn’t be the Bible-driven leader America has needed for some time.
On the other hand, he delivered on many things we needed such as tax cuts and deregulation. He made the bold moves of renegotiating or dropping trade agreements, leaving both the Paris Climate Accords and Iran Nuclear Deal, and the one move that truly shocked me – moving our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
But it isn’t in his accomplishments that many of us find ourselves reconsidering President Trump. It’s in the unprecedented lurch to the far-left the Democratic Party has embraced. They’re sprinting as fast as they possibly can towards an ideology that would destroy America. We’ve heard the warnings before from conservatives. Bill Clinton was going to be too far to the left. Then, Barack Obama was definitely going to be too far to the left. With both of these Presidents, we saw a mild shift compared to the catastrophic shift so many predicted. I’m not saying President Obama was a moderate, but compared to where many thought he’d be, he wasn’t nearly as radically progressive as billed.
When we compare President Obama to the current batch of radical progressives in Washington DC, including the majority of those running for President, it’s clear they’ve abandoned any sense of reality Obama held to and embraced a socialistic agenda that truly will destroy America if it’s ever allowed to see the light of day.
The best thing that happened to President Trump is the untenable policy proposals we’re seeing from Democrats today. From Medicare-for-All to the Green New Deal, we’re seeing the full force of leftists unleashed. They’ve detached themselves from reality in an effort to drum up support from the masses that can’t understand the intellectual difference between a billion and a trillion.
Erickson may not have technically started the #NeverTrump movement, but he started the hashtag that drew many to that side of the aisle, the side that embraced neither major candidate. Now, he’s picked a side. Are others going to follow?