5 Things NeverTrump Conservatives Can Do in the Aftermath of the Election
On Tuesday, I braced myself for the disappointment of a Hillary Clinton win. I had thought that outcome was inevitable from the moment Donald Trump picked off every challenger for the Republican nomination, and boy was I wrong! I've been feasting on humble pie and crow ever since.
I'm still proud of my vote for Evan McMullin, and I feel like I can hold my head high that neither underwhelming major party candidate got my vote. But I can't help but wonder: where do we "NeverTrump" conservatives go from here? In the immediate aftermath of the election, here are five things we can do.
1. Give President Trump a chance
I'm elated that Hillary Clinton lost, but I'm cautiously optimistic about a Donald Trump presidency. Will he deliver on the more reasonable of his promises? Will he continue his boorish tone? What will his leadership look like in the Oval Office?
Trump is a wild card for sure, but I'm willing to give him a chance. I'm praying that the best of his policies win the day and the worst of what he has to offer falls by the wayside—and I'm hoping against hope that the "alt-right" will fade into obscurity.
Let's just say that I'm not boarding the Trump Train, but I'm driving alongside it in my own vehicle.
2. Be glad that Republicans have held the House and Senate
The news that both houses of Congress are out of Democrat control is the best, most comforting news of election night as far as I'm concerned. I watched those numbers with a great deal of interest, and I woke up relieved that the House and Senate remained in Republican hands.
Here's my biggest hope with Congress: that they will be the checks and balances that the Founding Fathers meant for them to be in order to rein in Trump's authoritarian tendencies. And I'm counting on them to work together to dismantle Obamacare and the other horrendous policies of the last eight years (yes, I'm aware of how that sounds).