Conservatives Against Trump Looks To Stop Trump

Red State’s Erick Erickson and a smattering of other Conservatives have banded together, calling themselves Conservatives Against Trump to stop Trump, and has released the following statement as a whole

We are a group of grassroots conservative activists from all over the country and from various backgrounds, including supporters of many of the other campaigns. We are committed to ensuring a real conservative candidate is elected. We believe that neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump, a Hillary Clinton donor, is that person.

We believe that the issue of Donald Trump is greater than an issue of party. It is an issue of morals and character that all Americans, not just those of us in the conservative movement, must confront.

That is true, but, as I’ve mentioned prior, you can have your principles, but, this is politics, so you also have to be pragmatic. The idea is to win the election. Trump is already behind the eight ball when it comes to defeating Hillary or Bernie in the national polls. Of course, national polls are meaningless, it is the state polls that are important. Can Trump take all the states Bush did in 2000 or 2004, which would give him the White House? Will all this Stop Trump, this #NeverTrump, cause the GOP most assuredly lose the 2016 general election, which should have been a slam dunk against these terrible candidates? Do you really want Hillary or Bernie over a guy who at least says he’s a Republican?

We call for a unity ticket that unites the Republican Party. If that unity ticket is unable to get 1,237 delegates prior to the convention, we recognize that it took Abraham Lincoln three ballots at the Republican convention in 1860 to become the party’s nominee and if it is good enough for Lincoln, that process should be good enough for all the candidates without threats of riots.

We encourage all former Republican candidates not currently supporting Trump to unite against him and encourage all candidates to hold their delegates on the first ballot.

Lastly, we intend to keep our options open as to other avenues to oppose Donald Trump. Our multiple decades of work in the conservative movement for free markets, limited government, national defense, religious liberty, life, and marriage are about ideas, not necessarily parties.

Cruz is the Conservative candidate. Of course, he’s not liked by the Establishment, what is being referred to as the GOPe, because he is Conservative, and has been willing to stand on Principle. Trump is an even squishier Republican than the GOPe usually pushes. And Cruz polls better against Hillary and Bernie, willing said national vote.

This has made the Trump supporters very angry, as you can guess. Many bloggers, including many I have on my blogroll and feedreader, are angry. It goes without saying that the leadership at Breitbart, which is as in the tank for Trump as liberal sites were for Obama, is furious. Politico notes that not all Republicans are against Trump, particularly if he gets the required delegates, or gets close.

Ultra-squishy Newt Gingrich had this to say

I’m not sympathetic at all to the Erick Erickson of the world. If they want to form the let’s elect Hillary Clinton club, fine. But they ought to be honest about it. Any effort to help anybody but the Republican nominee helps Hillary Clinton. And if you think giving Hillary Clinton the Supreme Court, having Hillary Clinton run our foreign policy, having Hillary Clinton support the unions to continue ruining our children in schools. If you think that’s acceptable, do it. Erick Erickson’s not playing a risk-free game. It’s not like there is some pure middle way. If he does not support the Republican nominee, he is functionally supporting Hillary Clinton in the general election.”

Pragmatism? Even if you loathe Trump, when it gets closer to nomination time, people really need to think about making sure Hillary (or Bernie) does not win. I think Trump is a horrible candidate, he’s not conservative in the least, and he won’t beat Hillary or Bernie. Let’s see what the polls say as we get closer to the convention. And what happens now that Rubio is out. Big battles at conventions are nothing new. We have months to go before any sort of floor fight should be considered.

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