The GOP Can't Afford to Leave Trump's Voters Behind

The president set us on the right course for a lot of policy. It’s time to continue down that path without his baggage to weigh us down.

Let’s be perfectly clear, fellow conservatives. 2021 started off on a poor note.

Two hazardously progressive lawmakers are headed to the United State Senate to give the Democrats a slim majority. Minimizing this reality will not furnish a beneficial outcome, nor will submitting to the notion that the left is not actually serious about their espoused platform. That platform includes providing a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants; repealing economy-stimulating tax cuts; moving forward with public-option healthcare; eliminating the filibuster; conferring statehood on Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico; and packing the highest court in the land with progressive judges.

Clearly, given its inability even to hold the Senate, the Republican party is at war with itself. On January 6th, thousands of Trump supporters descended on the Capitol, forcing an evacuation and resulting in multiple deaths. Regardless of the fact that President Trump’s numerous litigation was to no avail in states across the country, Trump, a handful of prominent Senators, and many of his supporters still demanded to “stop the steal.” Now, the party is more divided than ever between the Trumpers, the Bush-Romney camp, and those who supported Trump’s policies but wish to move forward with candidates with less panicky volatility.

I am firmly in the third camp. Let me explain why.

President Trump delivered on a lot of promises. His accomplishments are many—as Jerome Hudson rightfully points out in his comprehensive 2019 book 50 Things They Don’t Want You to Know About Trump. Two things can be true at once.

Conservatives can be proud of what President Trump, the outsider, has duly accomplished—and, like me, wholly angered with the conspiratorial, oddball nature that has taken precedent over the policy. There are many conservatives who have taken to Twitter to claim erroneous things—like Trump “won” their state even when the evidence indicates he did not. The president’s rhetoric was never my favorite even prior to his claims being denied in court, but [ … ]

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