The great difficulty that President Donald Trump has had to overcome may not be from Democrats or even independents. It’s from those within his party who have made up the NeverTrump movement.
There are a number of different strains of NeverTrumpism. There are some who believe that Trump is too far right, or not far enough, or some combination of both that make him an unsavory Republican. There are those who think that he’s not presidential enough or that his blunt manner of speaking ought to disqualify him from the office. And then there are some who — let’s face it — don’t like the very corporeal threat to the establishment that a president who didn’t come up through the political ranks poses. (Looking at you, Mr. Kristol.)
The specter of NeverTrumpers isn’t just an important issue for 2020, it’s also a problem in 2018, where Republicans will need to turn out voters to the ballot box in order to keep the House of Representatives and the Senate.
So, what do NeverTrumpers think of the president now? As TheBlaze reports, Fox News went to last week’s presidential campaign-style rally in Tampa, Florida, where they managed to find one former NeverTrumper in attendance.
The unidentified man, who spoke with reporter Griff Jenkins, said he was a Republican who didn’t vote for the president because he didn’t think Trump would stand up for conservative values.
Now, he sounds like he’s just a few steps away from sporting a MAGA cap:
"I was worried he wouldn't be a good Republican and, honestly, he's changed my mind a lot."
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 5, 2018
“I was worried he wouldn’t be a good Republican and, honestly, he’s changed my mind a lot,” the man said.
“The best thing he’s done in my opinion is the tax cuts and the Supreme Court pick, and if he keeps doing a good job, I will — so I didn’t vote for anybody in this very last election, but this time around I probably will vote for him.”
That seems to be a common theme, particularly in recent polls. In spite of the invective against the president from the media, he’s still climbing in popularity — in part because of a healthy economy, solid judicial picks and a tough stance on national security.
After the rally, Jenkins caught up with the man, who said he was impressed with what he saw.
“I agree with him, we need to make America strong again,” the man said. “We need to make America great again.
“And, I like most of what I heard, so coming from a guy who didn’t like him to liking him now, I — that’s a step up, right?”
Trump made making America strong again a key topic of his Tampa speech, including a push for greater border security.
“Every day, the brave men and women of ICE are liberating communities and towns from savage gangs like MS-13 that are occupying our country like another nation would,” the president said. “We want maximum border security and respect for our heroes, ICE, Border Patrol and law enforcement.”
He also touted his signature infrastructure project, noting that “a lot of people don’t know it, but we’ve already started the wall. We got $1.6 billion and we’ve started large portions of the wall, but we’re going to need – even the way we negotiate, we’re going to need more and we’re going to get more and we may have to do some pretty drastic things, but we’re going to get it.”
Border security was one of the issues that got Trump elected. Whether it — and Trump’s record on things like the economy and judiciary — will be enough to convince NeverTrump Republicans to come out in November is another issue entirely.
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