The Corner

Browbeating the Never-Trumpers

In response to “One of Us Will Have a Pick”

Ingraham said that Republicans who haven’t endorsed Trump are acting from “wounded feelings and bruised egos.” I think that’s a cheap shot, and lousy politics.

You may think that Republicans who remain opposed to Trump are being foolish. You may even think that they are being emotional. But if you’re trying to win the election for Trump and you think you need their votes, then telling them that they’re being irrational is, well, irrational. It doesn’t help defeat Hillary Clinton, even if it serves some Trump supporters’ emotional needs. Trump and his supporters can tell Republican holdouts that they’re a bunch of jackasses who aren’t needed, or they can try to persuade them as friends and allies with concerns that should be taken seriously. They can’t successfully do both at once.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.


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