When I voted for independent conservative Evan McMullin for president last November, I assumed, like most people, that Hillary Clinton would bury Donald Trump under a mountain of electoral votes.
Then Trump won, and as nearly everyone around me struggled to process what was a historic upset, in the early morning hours of November 10th, I was surprisingly happy. Even if I had enough reservations about Trump to morally preclude me from voting for him, at least he wasn’t Hillary. Under her, the conservative agenda would certainly be bulldozed, but there was a chance with Trump in the White House.
That’s how a lot of NeverTrump conservatives felt.
Even though we didn’t vote for him, we were rooting for Trump to succeed, for the good of the country. Against all evidence he provided during the campaign, we hoped — naively — that he would change once in office. We prayed he would become presidential, moderate, triangulate and listen to his advisors.
It’s now clear that is not the case.
In his first seven-or-so months in office, Trump has been the subject of a special prosecutor’s investigation into his campaign’s collusion with Russia, shared classified intelligence from Israel with Russia without authorization, publicly undermined his own cabinet, filled his administration with officials ranging from incompetent to bigoted, had a far-too-difficult time condemning Nazis and white…
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