Some of my conservative brethren who are either enthusiastically or grudgingly supporting Trump have taken to venting a lot of anger at #NeverTrump folks. That anger is misplaced, but I would also note that some of us who are not supporting were not Never Trump. I didn’t support Trump in the primary, but I tried to be open-minded after he won the nomination. I thought about it for months. I tried to find a way that I could support the man and still live with myself. But in the end, I couldn’t. And it’s not because I have any high-minded conceptions about politics. I’m well aware that it is the art of the possible and will support a cruddy person who will advance my values over a good person who will not. But when it comes to Trump, I think he is equally as dangerous to our Republic as Hillary – just in different ways.
I would note that in those same months when I was thinking it through, Trump repeatedly and aggressively pissed all over me, my beliefs, and many of the people and causes I support. It’s like he doesn’t even want my vote, so I didn’t give it to him.
There’s going to be a lot of rationalizing, blaming, and healing taking place among conservatives after this election. There are essentially four camps divided along lines of how they supported, or did not support, Trump.