Do Conservative Never-Trumpers believe Trump is too Conservative, not Conservative Enough, or is it Something Else?
Think Piece/Open Discussion
As Liz Cheney lost her re-election bid in Wyoming there has been a lot of conversation surrounding what Never-Trump Republicans or Independents believe about Donald Trump. Some of the Never-Trumpers would argue that regardless of his policy positioning, Donald Trump is a menace and should not hold office. Many indicate the belief that if Donald Trump flipped to being a Democrat people wouldn’t change their view on him.
So the remaining question still exists: Do people not like Trump due to his personality or due to his policies?
From what we can tell, the majority of conservative Never-Trumpers do not oppose him specifically on policy grounds. His personality is part of it but I think they oppose him because of his various misdeeds while serving as President. There’s also the issue of him creating the falsity of a lost election strictly due to interference by those opposing him. Now, this isn’t to say that some of the Never-Trumpers disagree with some of his policies, but that can’t be the only reason they’re Never-Trumpers.
To these conservatives, Donald Trump displays qualities such as being arrogant, inexperienced, embarrassing, impolite, hot-headed, and politically divisive to the extreme. They would claim that Donald Trump has zero qualities that make him a good leader, a good politician, or a good individual. When it comes down as to “Why do people vote for him?” I believe it comes down to just being spiteful of the other side of the political aisle.
The one positive thing we can say is that he is direct. However, the “tell it how it is” persona has been twisted into something that’s harmful when it used to be something very useful. More so now, many would argue that Donald Trump has changed his ways of telling it how he wants it to be.
One Never-Trump group is the Bulwark. They’ve criticized Donald Trump’s authoritarianism, personal unsuitability for office, and the public lies and crimes he continuously gets himself into. The Bulwark group, on the other hand, is also unhappy about some of the things that Republicans have been wanting for a while such as the overturning of Roe even though there was room in the pre-Trump Republican party for positions on abortion that are less strict than what the current conservative-leaning Supreme Court has done as well as the state level GOP governments are doing.