With President Donald Trump delivering conservative victories, former members of the NeverTrump movement are siding with the president as he battles with the globalist left to protect American sovereignty.
Trump has enacted tax cuts, sweeping de-regulations, two successful Supreme Court appointments, and has staunchly defended the Second Amendment, proving himself to be far more conservative than the NeverTrumpers initially gave him credit for when he ran. The NeverTrumpers said that Trump was an anti-conservative radical populist. But now they see his commitment to the most populist notion of all: the idea that American patriots must win real victories before it is too late.
Is it too late to get one of those red hats?
I didn’t support Donald Trump during the 2016 election — not that it mattered. I wasn’t in a swing state and I wasn’t publicly opining about the general election. Had my vote mattered, I might have brought myself to vote for him, but it didn’t, so I didn’t…
I have also criticized the die-hard Never-Trumpers who are willing to jettison conservatism to pursue their vendetta against Trump. Like many Trump-skeptical conservatives I tried to call things as I saw them. Sometimes I was pleased with Trump’s policy, and sometimes I was appalled by him. I do not disavow any of what I wrote. Nonetheless, I now support Trump’s reelection.
To use the word du jour: I have been radicalized. The enormity of the efforts by the Democrats and their media allies to destroy Brett Kavanaugh forced me to reconsider my views. The concerns I have about Trump’s character, temperament, and propensity to damage America’s cultural and political institutions are still there, but I am supporting him anyway.
Blake’s passage ends
The NeverTrump phenomenon, borne of the conservative intelligentsia on Twitter, is fading fast, as all conservative realists begin to understand the stakes of our current political situation, and what will happen to this country if Democrats re-take power.
Mollie Hemingway of the Fox News airwaves eloquently eulogized the NeverTrump movement on the cable news giant:
“I’m interested in this from a media angle. It’s the preponderance of Never-Trumpers that we see in the media and in the media outlets. In the real world, they represent an incredibly small fraction of the people. In the media world, they dominate everything,” Hemingway said.
“These people get a lot of prominence for a pretty minority opinion and they seem to be praised by people in the media,” Hemingway said…
The so-called “Trump Supporter Blacklist” began in earnest during the 2016 Republican primaries, with pro-Ted Cruz CNN panelist Amanda Carpenter assembling the blacklist of Trump-supporting conservatives. When Trump won the New York and Indiana primaries over Cruz and locked up the delegate count heading to the convention in Cleveland, people like Carpenter vanished — no longer even on the CNN panel at the Dem convention in Philadelphia. At the convention, Trump locked up the delegate fight with the help of Paul Manafort, who told reporters on Day One that “This is a Trump convention.”
Only the powerful elite from the Republican Party went with Hillary Clinton. Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney cooked up a scheme to knock him off the ticket with the help of an opposition-research tape starring Bush family member Billy Bush. Bill Kristol went it alone on a bid to elect Evan McMullin in Utah to help Hillary Clinton win the electoral vote.
The people of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida, Michigan, and elsewhere went with President Donald Trump.
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Appeals Court Refuses to Expunge Joe Arpaio’s Contempt Conviction After Presidential Pardon
A judge isn’t happy about the pardon.
A federal appeals court is refusing to expunge former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpario’s contempt of court conviction, after the sheriff was granted a presidential pardon by President Trump.
Such a legal move is rare if not unprecedented for the recipient of a presidential pardon. Usually federal and state court systems dismiss the convictions of people granted presidential pardon.
Arpaio was convicted of contempt of court in 2017 for refusing to change the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department’s practices after a judge mandated that the agency cease immigration raids.
Three judges of the liberal San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court upheld a ruling from a lower circuit court refusing to expunge the legal record of Arpaio’s conviction. The move sets new legal precedent for a recipient of a presidential pardon.
Arpaio was a frequent target of Eric Holder and the Obama administration, often coming under intense DOJ scrutiny for the practices of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department.
Arpaio ran for the United States Senate in 2018, coming in third in the Republican Primart behind Martha McSally and Kelli Ward. He’s now running for his old position as Maricopa County Sheriff once more at the ripe age of 87.
In any case, presidential pardons have traditionally resulted in dismissal of criminal convictions in federal and state courts. It’s hard to think of the 9th Circuit’s decision to maintain the conviction as anything more than a political slight to President Trump.
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