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Never Trumpers Divided

Over at Bloomberg View, I point out that Trump’s Republican opponents don’t agree with one another on anything except for Trump’s unfitness.

Should Republicans moderate on social issues? Embrace a more populist message on economics? Reject nationalism or try to ennoble it? You’ll find conservative anti-Trumpers on both sides of each question. Republicans who generally oppose Trump don’t even agree on what to call themselves. Many of the people who embraced the Twitter hashtag #NeverTrump last year think the term is obsolete, since it referred to never voting for him and the election is over.

The main pushback the column has received takes the form of furious agreement with its main thesis. Sure, Trump-opposing conservatives don’t speak with one mind about guns or health care or taxes or immigration, but diversity is a strength! Maybe it is. But that diversity makes certain forms of political action–such as a primary challenge to Trump in 2020–much harder to pull off.

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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