Following his victory in Indiana last night, Donald Trump found himself receiving both support and opposition from the former camp of a Republican icon: Ronald Reagan. Reagan’s’s former campaign manager joined a SuperPAC backing The Donald – but Reagan’s son has a different opinion on whether or not Trump embodies his father.
— Michael Reagan (@ReaganWorld) May 3, 2016
He wasn’t alone. The #NeverTrump movement isn’t budging. As Time Magazine headlined their piece: “Meet the Republicans Who Say They’ll Vote for Hillary Clinton.”
Ben Howe, a contributing editor at conservative website Red State, tweetedbefore Cruz dropped out, “I am a fiscal conservative and I am a social conservative. That will not change. But I will not vote for an egomaniacal authoritarian. Nope.” And then he followed simply with the Clinton campaign’s hashtag: #ImWithHer.Mike Treiser, a former staffer on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, wrote on Facebook: “In the face of bigotry, hatred, violence, and small-mindedness, this time, I’m with her.” Philip Klein, the managing editor of the Washington Examiner, posted a photo Tuesday night of a voter identification form showing him officially changing his registration from Republican. And Cheri Jacobus, a GOP consultant and pundit who has been outspoken against Trump throughout the election, posted on Facebook, “I’m out. RIP GOP.”
“I registered Republican when I was 18 because I thought free markets and liberty were important,” pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson tweeted that night. “Not sure what ‘Republican’ means today.”
Regardless of what you think about Trump, I’ll have to offer some dissent. The Republican Party hasn’t been the party of Reagan for a long time.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]