It must be very embarrassing indeed these days to be a “Never Trump” Republican. While many of us were uncertain about Donald Trump’s candidacy in 2015, his presidency should have erased any doubt, and the past 14 months should have erased any lingering doubt from our collective memories.
Before the senseless overreaction to the coronavirus crushed him, Trump had given America the best economy it had seen in 60 years. His Common Sense Energy Policy Made America So Rich We Exported Oil in the Middle-East. He was the first president since Jimmy Carter not to initiate new conflicts, and he negotiated four – FOUR! – peace agreements between Israel and its Arab neighbours.
With him out now, corrupt Democratic mayors and governors have continued to impose vicious and unnecessary corona lockdowns. Gasoline prices, inflation and real estate prices are skyrocketing. The withdrawal from Afghanistan was the greatest disaster of American foreign policy, and Russia began a new expansionist campaign. Indeed, 62% of Americans agree that if Trump were still president, Putin would not have invaded Ukraine.
This year is going to be the mother of all red waves, and the Republican candidates this wave brings to Washington are our best hope for getting Americans back on track.
But will this wave help things here in Utah?
For some reason, otherwise conservative Utahns are happy to vote for weak, spineless, sometimes openly liberal politicians because they have a smile and an R after their name. While other red states profit from leaders who have dug in their heels, we have to tolerate politicians who are all too happy to give in.
But the most vapid example of the Never Trump Utahns is Evan McMullin.
If you haven’t heard of him, McMullin ran for president in 2016 as part of Trump’s six-man campaign, and this year he’s trying to do the same with beloved Senator Mike Lee. – the man of principle and conservative so reliable that he is a walking argument. in favor of human cloning.
While McMullin has always run as an independent, he is clearly a globalist, big government, establishment Democrat. He supported Hillary Clinton in 2016, endorsed Joe Biden in 2020, and fought to keep Ben McAdams in Congress. McAdams had somehow managed to convince the Utahns that — despite his very liberal record — he was the second coming of Jim Matheson, and McMullin was only too happy to prolong the lie.
McMullin pretends to be a conservative, but attacks Republicans at every opportunity. Insisting smugly that we must restore “the vision that once guided us,” McMullin eagerly joins Democrats and their allied media in pounding American conservatives with the predictable accusations of racism (yawn) or sexism or any other armed “victimism” of the day. He ignores Trump’s indisputable successes in economics and foreign policy, and shrugs off the endless disasters of the Biden administration, both at home and abroad.
As a former CIA undercover agent, McMullin is probably just as disappointed as the rest of the Deep State that Trump didn’t start a war. Plus, as a former CIA agent, he’s trained in the art of deception and tries to fool Utahans that he’s an independent conservative enough for Republicans, but that he hates the Trump wing of the party for garnering votes. Democrats.
It might be easy to call McMullin’s betrayal “no really, I’m a conservative, you guys,” but his interest might be financial. You see, McMullin’s quixotic presidential campaign left him with about $600,000 in debt. Since then, he’s played a political game where he started a nonprofit — Stand Up Republican Foundation, Inc — and used donations to pay for himself.
According to its own tax documents, obtained by Influence Watch and Pro Publica, the Stand Up Republic Foundation (also known as Stand Up Ideas, Inc.) raised millions and much of it went to the partnership McMullin Finn, LLC, in 2017 and 2018. The appearance of personal transactions may not be illegal, but it stinks and seems like an example of a guy starting a nonprofit to become a millionaire at the expense of donors.
Although the United States has created the relative peace and stability of the past 80 or so years, in the post-Trump world we see chaos that could spiral completely out of control. That there are people who do not recognize this danger is frightening, that there are people who seek to take advantage of it is infuriating. Utah must cast off the fake conservatives who have invaded our state and help restore order to the world before it’s too late.
Jared Whitley has worked in the US Senate for Orrin Hatch, the Bush White House and the defense industry. He has won a myriad of journalism awards in Utah, including being the top columnist in the Best of the West competition in 2016. He holds an MBA from Hult International Business School in Dubai and currently lives in Taylorsville.