Hillary’s Useful Idiots

By | 2017-06-02T18:30:05+00:00 October 16, 2016|
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She’s laughing at you, not with you.

#NeverTrump have become open saboteurs. Whether because of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s have-it-both-ways disavowal of the Republican Party’s nominee, or because of Ohio Governor John Kasich’s sponsored sabotage of Trump’s ground game in Ohio, or because they are already openly and gleefully speculating what comes after Trump at the RedState gathering, the people involved in #NeverTrump have forfeited all right to be considered simply individual dissenters from the GOP. And if Trump loses, as they are trying to make him, they are no doubt salivating over the prospect of what might happen to damage the career of Trump backers, myself included. Every time they go on Twitter, their fingers itch to declare us apostates, fascists, racists, and crypto-Nazis, if they haven’t already. Abandon all hope of influence in the GOP, ye who backed Donald Trump.

I won’t lie: It would be tempting to sock a lot of them in the goddamn face and hope they stay plastered over the crypto-Nazi allegation. And if I were more petty, I think I would probably relish the thought of what a Hillary Clinton presidency would do to them. But unlike them, I do not place the interests of my sectarian wing of conservatism as superior to the health of the political Right. So because I feel they deserve a warning, I have an honest question for them:

Do they not realize the Left will lump them in with us?

I know it’s easy for #NeverTrumpers to assume that only we deplorable Trump backers will end up ostracized by polite society right now. They’re probably getting more MSNBC booking appointments than they know what to do with. Publications like the Washington Post and the New York Times are quoting them with a level of respect and charity that they never thought to gain from them. If Trump loses, they think they’ll emerge as the respectable, decent, noble conservatives who stood athwart the Trump train, yelling “Stop!” and will have shown the liberal media that they deserve their respect at last. The media is giving it to them now, so why should they stop, right?

Wrong. What they don’t realize is that all of them, without exception, are being treated as useful idiots. If Hillary wins, the people who are treating them like princes of principle now will no longer need them. The Left will turn on them with the same fury they turned on us, and their refusal to back Trump will count for nothing.

In fact, ironically, their refusal to back Trump might actually hurt them. I’m sure #NeverTrumpers think that’s ludicrous, but an easy test case should prove I’m right: namely, the case of arguably their most vocal and listened-to compatriot, Glenn Beck. Beck was recently the subject of a profile by the Daily Beast that I’m sure some intern must have published before the election by mistake. It’s far too honest about what the Left really thinks of #NeverTrump conservatives to come out when they could still change their minds. The gist of the story is that Beck laid all the groundwork for Trump, and is now trying to weasel out of responsibility.

This is but one of the many attacks used against #NeverTrump. Have you ever boosted Sarah Palin? Congratulations, you are responsible for Donald Trump. Have you ever urged outreach to blue collar workers, or demanded immigration restriction? Congratulations, you are responsible for Donald Trump. Have you ever raised questions about the collusion of the mainstream media with Democrat politicians? Congratulations, you are responsible for Donald Trump.

Even if you, hypothetical #NeverTrumper, have never done any of these things, which is unlikely, consider this: Once the liberal media no longer needs you to help make Trump look bad, how will they look back on your denunciations of Trump himself? How will they spin that?

To those of us not afflicted with anti-Trump tunnel vision, the answer is obvious. With Trump in the rearview mirror as a direct political threat, the liberal media (many of whom used to be his friends) will cast him as a put-upon, imperfect progressive reformer who reactionary, backwards people (in other words, people they perceive as a greater threat as an opposition) tried to sabotage.

Does #NeverTrump think the Left will fail to notice they complained that Ivanka’s child care policy was too liberal because it helped working mothers? They won’t.

Do they think the Left will fail to notice they attacked Trump’s foreign policy for being insufficiently bellicose and war-mongering? They won’t.

Do they think the Left will ignore people like Ben Shapiro’s denunciations of Trump for being too pro-gay, socially liberal, and libertine in sexual matters? They won’t.

Do they think the Left will let them off the hook for attacking Trump’s support for student loan forgiveness, or his support for pro-labor trade policy? They won’t.

Do they think the Left will still treat people like Erick Erickson as heroes for trying to write Trump out of politics using religious tests? They won’t.

Do they think the Left will respect their denunciations of racism, sexism, or xenophobia in the Trump campaign once they realize they’re still opposed to Black Lives Matter, radical feminists, or endless importation of refugees/cheap labor? Even if any given #NeverTrumper only opposes one of these, there aren’t words to describe the degree to which they won’t.

Every ounce of pointless, sanctimonious virtue signaling #NeverTrump gets away with now will be turned on them by the relativists on the Left the instant it no longer serves their purpose of rendering Trump unacceptable. Their consciences will be weaponized as admissions of guilt. Their noble intentions will be mocked as so anti-progressive they wouldn’t even support an arch-conservative (and that is how they will brand Trump, whether they like it or not) if he deviated from their zealotry. Their principles will be treated as threats to a pluralistic society because they’re so rigid they couldn’t even let Trump skate on them. Everything they have said against Trump, in other words, will be transformed from evidence of their noble stands on principle into evidence of their fanaticism and dangerousness to polite society the instant the same objections become pertinent to Hillary Clinton.

I feel obliged to warn the #NeverTrump crowd about this, though I can’t say I’ll feel sorry for them if they let it happen. They staked their success on accolades from hostile, ideologically inimical people in order to preserve their own precious ability to sleep at night, even if it meant having every facet of every waking hour of their lives controlled by the Left. They defecated on their own base, their colleagues, and their friends in order to chase their own self-congratulation, and congratulation at the hands of people who will sharpen their long knives for them if Trump loses.

In other words, #NeverTrump had better pray that Donald Trump wins, because then, liberals will be so desperate to pretend Trump is an unprecedented historical monstrosity that their little racket can keep going for at least four years. Otherwise, come Hillary’s inauguration, they’ll find their new friends will suddenly become enemies, and will turn everything they thought made them noble this election cycle into an excuse to destroy them before the next.

And as for their old friends? Well, they were all too ready to throw us to the wolves for backing Trump, so don’t expect us to be much more charitable. We don’t need the liberal media to get our message out. We’re not interested in the Left’s respect. Our business models don’t rely on respectability. #NeverTrump’s business models do, and if they’re looking for respect from us? Well, first they came for Donald Trump, and for all of us, and #NeverTrump cheered them on.

Who does #NeverTrump expect to defend them when the Left comes for them?

About the Author:

Mytheos Holt
Mytheos Holt is a senior fellow at the Institute for Liberty. He has held positions at the R Street Institute, Mair Strategies, TheBlaze, and National Review. He also worked as a speechwriter for U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, and reviews video games at Gamesided. He hails originally from Big Sur, California, but currently lives in Arlington, Virginia. Yes, Mytheos is his real name.
  • Severn

    Do they think the Left will respect their denunciations of racism, sexism, or xenophobia in the Trump campaign once they realize they’re still opposed to Black Lives Matter, radical feminists, or endless
    importation of refugees/cheap labor?

    From everything I’ve seen of the anti-Trump “Republicans” they are just as willing to support Black Lives Matter, radical feminists, and an endless importation of refugees/cheap labor as any progressive Democrat. The truth is that the anti-Trump Republicans are anti-Trump because they’re anti-conservative. Their vision of the ideal world of the future looks identical to that of the Left.

  • Lt. Aldo Raine

    The chief mistake of this article is Mr.Holt assumption that NeverTrumpists were ever on his side. They weren’t. At least not on the issues that truly mattered.

  • jack dobson

    If Trump were to lose, I personally would welcome the left-wing savaging of their #NeverTrump tools.

    As an aside, this headline on RealClearPolitics made me howl: “We Shouldn’t Forgive Republicans Who Sell Their Soul, Robert Kagan.”

    Noted.

  • anonaccount

    There is a theory out there (one that I have encountered several times) that a sizeable chunk of Trump supporters plan to just vote for Trump on the ballot and leave the rest of the ballot blank. It is something that I, personally, have contemplated doing and to the extent Ryan and fellow co-losers like Romney continue to sabotage their party – at least Nancy Pelosi was able to deliver on the goods for her constituency.

    • RDaneel

      Here is the deal – emai, those down-tickets running for re-election and ask them if they support Trump. Give nothing away but ask for an answer. If they neither answer nor support the Real Change of Trump, then inform them of your choice to not vote against them but also not for them and leave that line blank.

      • anonaccount

        I, unfortunately, do not live in a competitive district (last time – the “D” was not even opposed by anyone). 🙁

  • Kyle Flaig

    The life and times of John McCain should have been a lesson for NeverTrumpers. A media-created “Maverick” while a senator from a state the left could never win who would willingly betray the right to fulfill the Maverick moniker yet when he became the Republican nominee, he morphed overnight into a wife-cheating degenerate who not only was too old to run but might not even be eligible for the office since he was born in the Panama Canal Zone.

    This is what awaits nevertrumpers. I guess they never understood the left anyway.

    • anonaccount

      If Hillary wins – it is not even clear why the left would even bother wasting time on any future GOP nominee. Do they spend a lot of time on the Libertarian or Green party candidates? Why? Because they are protest votes that are not really relevant in national elections. This fate awaits the GOP after 4 years of Hillary: once Hillary grants amnesty to at least 15 million new Democrats – states even like Texas will no longer be within GOP’s reach, and sparsely-populated red states like Idaho will find themselves being the hosts to the lion’s share of refugee resettlement (i.e. they will lag Texas and Arizona in flipping blue by a few years). GOP nationwide will become like the GOP in New York or in California – not policy-relevant, but trying to pass out some patronage locally to their local backers.

  • Steven Cobern

    The point Mytheos is making has played out many times before. Look at obama. he licks the boots of the Iranians to prove he’s anti-American. But they treat him just like all the other Americans, with hatred and contempt. The anti-Trump repubs will experience the same treatment. It’s amazing to me that they don’t see it. Hillary will pack the Supremes with SJW’s and enfranchise 40+ million illegals. The repubs will never win in the South and without the South never win the presidency. The GOPe have destroyed the repub party. They will go the way of the Whigs and for the same reasons. They think it is more convenient and profitable to collaborate with the dems. If Trump loses, they will have a party with no viable base. If Trump wins they have put themselves outside the tent.

  • wildbillcuster

    Well said.

  • RDaneel

    #NeverTrump has made a deal, they think, with the Lovecraftian monster that is the Transnational Progressive left of today. They are worshipping as hard as they can but do not realize they will just delay the judgement of the Monster. They will still be eaten. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/940be37b78bdd5ae2aefb752877e85bc765442981bfc084fa5b1fdcce0f360d9.jpg

  • M. Krebs

    Calm down, Junior. You’ve been playing too many video games.

  • Fred Freud

    Well, here I am writing 6 weeks after the election that, thank God! Hillary LOST! The liberals are still in total meltdown and the much ballyhooed post election destruction of the Republican party is, instead, the fate of the Democrats. President-Elect Trump has rubbed the face of chief never-Trumper, Mittens Romney into the dirt by stringing him along with the bait of a possible cabinet post and then dumping him. Ah, it’s good to be alive. Now, it would be nice to start 2017 with a nice, fresh indictment of The Hillary Gang.