Right-wing opposition to President Trump is rare within the Republican Party.
While there are small, concentrated GOP groups against the president, the vast majority of conservatives support Trump. The Never Trump crowd first emerged during the 2016 election when a minority of Republicans claimed that Trump wasn’t a true conservative or didn’t carry himself in a presidential manner.
On Tuesday night’s election, the president officially won enough delegates to push him over the finish line and become the GOP’s nominee. Although Trump had a few challengers in the primaries, he absolutely knocked them out of the park; this is why Republican and Never Trumper Bill Weld ended his presidential campaign yesterday, reports Fox News.
Why Weld Failed to Win the GOP Nomination
Bill Weld never had a chance at blocking President Trump from winning the nomination. The president’s incumbent status combined with his vast popularity amongst the GOP and accomplishments since taking office gave him unique advantages; these are advantages that Weld couldn’t compete with, no matter how hard he tried.
Aside from conservatives and Republicans being overwhelmingly on Team Trump, Weld’s poor campaign management was based on hating the president. This tune is getting old and many people across political spectrums are sick of it. Weld failed to bring any real or new ideas to the forefront; instead, as a Never Trumper, he focused on making his campaign all about not being Trump.
The Larger Lesson
When it comes to politics and bring people on board as supporters, there’s only so much badmouthing that one can do. At the end of the day, Americans want to know more about politicians, not just their love or hatred for Trump.
Weld, like other Never Trump GOPers, has to learn that simply being known as the Republican that doesn’t like the president won’t generate political success. Never Trumpers are not mandated to be in favor of Trump; however, they do need to understand that their outlooks on this president are in the minority, especially when attempting to mingle in Republican circles.
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