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Dear Trumpkins, There's No Way for Real Cruz Conservatives to Support Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidates, businessman Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, argue a point during a Republican presidential primary debate at Fox Theatre, Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

I honestly don’t understand Ted Cruz supporters who are now endorsing Donald Trump. Trump represents everything Cruz is against, and he’s against everything Cruz is for. He’s for the minimum wage. He’s for letting transgender men use toilets with little girls. He’s against the Second Amendment; he’s against life. He’s a vulgar narcissist who has turned sinning into an art and who proudly boasts he has never asked God for forgiveness. He’s a lifelong donor to radical leftists like Hillary Clinton. And behind closed doors he admits that his plan to build a wall is a fantasy that he doesn’t intend to follow through on.

Real Cruz supporters can’t possibly support Trump. What we can do, however, is continue to stand for Cruz’s (and our) principles: the conservative principles that have made America and every other Western country great.

Conservatism isn’t just one election cycle, it’s a cause. A cause conservatives before us have served for years, hundreds of years even, and a cause our children and grandchildren will fight for in the decades ahead.

Conservatives need to play the long game. We may lose one election cycle — this cycle seems to be doomed — but that doesn’t mean we should forsake our principles and join forces with a guy who represents everything we stand against. Now more than ever, it’s vital for conservatives to defend their principles and to show the country — and the world — what they mean. If that means that Hillary Clinton will take the White House, so be it. Conservatives will be ready to strike back in 2020.

Michael van der Galien cofounded Ted Cruz 45, a grassroots movement supporting Ted Cruz for president.