by Sarah Quinlan @ Red State…..
The first of the 2020 primary polls are being released, and the launch of many 2020 election campaigns will soon follow, if they haven’t already. Many 2016 #NeverTrumpers will have to come to a decision if Trump is the Republican nominee (as appears likely). As for me personally, I remain #NeverTrump, and there is almost nothing Trump could do that would convince me to vote for him in 2020.
I say “almost,” because it’s possible (though, if history is any guide, extremely unlikely) he will work to earn my vote. It’s possible he will sincerely apologize for all his past behavior; promise to treat people with respect — even when he disagrees — and follow through; make genuine attempts to right past wrongs; drop his tariffs and end his trade wars; work to improve relations with our allies; want to denounce the alt-right and neo-Nazis, rather than be pressured into doing so; place more focus on the Russian and North Korean people being wronged than on complimenting their leaders; treat asylum-seeking individuals, legal immigrants, and, yes, illegal immigrants with compassion, not cruelty — even when enforcing the law; take initiative to control our mounting debt crisis instead of dismissing it; and stop tweeting, among other actions.
But none of that is likely to happen. So, with that in mind, I do not plan to vote for Trump if he is the Republican nominee in 2020.
Many #NeverTrumpers have stated the label, and the opposition, ended with Trump’s victory in 2016. That makes sense, and it’s important to note I wanted Trump to succeed because I wanted the country to succeed. Unfortunately, two years into his presidency, I do not believe Trump has made America great again. In fact, I think he’s doing far more harm to the country (and the Republican party) than good.
Nothing Trump has done in the last two years has shown me he respects the office or understands its importance to our country and in the world. Nothing Trump has done in the last two years has shown me he cares more about the American people than he does about the way he personally is treated. Nothing Trump has done in the last two years has shown me he is willing to learn….