One of the original and most vocal members of #NeverTrump, Erick Erickson, announced his intentions as far as Trump is concerned in 2020 and you could say it made a big impression on Twitter.
Three years ago this week, I declared myself #NeverTrump in 2016. Today, I'm endorsing President Trump and Vice President Pence for re-election in 2020 and am glad to help them on the trail as needed during Campaign 2020. https://t.co/7Tan0AUqhO
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) February 11, 2019
This week in 2016, I declared I would be “Never Trump.” A friend suggested I use a hashtag that had started circulating on Twitter, i.e #NeverTrump. The piece exploded and pushed me into a whirlwind of coverage. Despite lots of pressure, protestors literally on my front porch, and harassment directed towards my family, I did not vote for Donald Trump in 2016. I voted third party.
Some of my concerns about President Trump remain. I still struggle on the character issue and I understand Christian friends who would rather sit it out than get involved. But I also recognize that we cannot have the Trump Administration policies without President Trump and there is much to like.
Cue the shrieking.
My friends in the center-right coalition who are flirting with Democrats are, more often than not, not really socially conservative. But I am. That party offers me no home and is deeply hostile to people of faith. The President has shown himself to not share my faith convictions any more than the other side, but the President has shown he is willing to defend my faith convictions and is supportive of them.
We all know who Erick is talking about.
I could stay home or vote third party as I did in 2016. But what will that get me? The ability to say “not my problem” or the self-assurance that I didn’t get dirty in having to choose? I have many Christian friends who, when I have discussed this, tell me I should just stay home and turn my back. Both parties, they tell me, are profoundly corrupt. And they’re right. But I am not looking for a messiah in politics and don’t have some religious sentiment tied to my vote. While I understand and accept the sincere conviction of some of my friends who have decided they will just sit out the process, I have decided otherwise. In 2016, we knew who the Democrats were and were not sure of who Donald Trump was. Now we know both and I prefer this President to the alternative.
I will vote for Donald Trump and Mike Pence. And, to be clear, it will not be just because of what the other side offers, but also because of what the Trump-Pence team has done. They’ve earned my vote.
Let the freak out begin.
This is really beautiful.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 11, 2019
Would someone please get Chris a tissue? Awesome.
Is this a parody of @TheOnion ?
— Michael Redman (@mredman918) February 11, 2019
Erick had to know the pushback would be fierce and yet he still publicly put his support behind Trump.
That’s pretty ballsy if you ask this editor.
Just look at this mess:
— Just_Some_Dude (@IamARoosterMAN) February 11, 2019
As we have seen so far, those who are deluding themselves thinking that if they support Trump, he will support them, will instead find themselves slowly compromised on both their integrity and values.
— Mississippi 1962 (@mississippi1962) February 11, 2019
Gotta love the scolds.
So in other words “Trust me”?
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) February 11, 2019
Squiggy was way more entertaining … true story.
Naturally. You've mastered pretending to oppose him "when he does wrong" (implying that he sometimes does right, and it somehow isn't tainted by the wrong he does) so you can have cover for shilling for him the rest of the time despite his character and actions. No surprise here.
— Ronin (@R0NlN) February 11, 2019
That being said, his announcement wasn’t only met with negative responses:
Glad to see you finally came to your damn senses, took you long enough.
— Gene Hilbert ? (@genehilbert) February 11, 2019
But there is a lot of b*tching, crying, and moaning on his thread so … thinking he did the right thing.
We shall see.