Should 'Never Trump-ers' leave the Republican Party?
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Should 'Never Trump-ers' leave the Republican Party?

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Sen. Ben Sasse is the latest Republican to opine the loss of traditional GOP values. Many so-called "Never Trump" Republicans, remnants of the old guard within the party, have discussed leaving the party since Donald Trump took power. They say the party has left them, moving dramatically to the right. Some have resigned Congressional seats in protest, while others are considering changing party affiliation. Many within the party say the GOP platform reflects the feelings of the country and dissidents should fall in line. What do you think?

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Sasse tweeted about his feelings on the state of the GOP before expanding upon them to Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union." Per Politico

“I probably think about it every morning when I wake up, and I figure out why am I flying away from Nebraska to go to D.C. this week,” said Sasse, who tweeted Saturday that he had considered leaving the GOP. “Are we gonna get real stuff done?”
...“There’s massive stuff happening in America, and these parties are really pretty content to do 24-hour news cycles screaming at each other,” Sasse said. The main thing the Democrats are for is being anti-Republican and anti-Trump, and the main thing Republicans are for is being anti-Democrat and anti-CNN.”
“Neither of these things are really worth getting out of bed in the morning for. I think we should be talking about where the country’s going to be in 10 years,” he added.
Pressed further by interviewer Jake Tapper, Sasse said Trump “has done some good things.” He cited key nominations, like the choice of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, as well as deregulation as key achievements.
“I’m committed to the party of Lincoln and Reagan as long as there’s a chance to reform it,” he said. “But this party used to be for some pretty definable stuff.”

Many traditionalist Republicans are arguing that changing party affiliation is the only option in today's political climate. Per Politico

[I]f you are a conservative, #NeverTrump, pro-immigrant, free-trading, anti-Putin defender of the post-World War II international order, the only principled and practical move left is to join the Democratic Party.
...If the keepers of the Reagan flame want to build something new, and to have a home where they can wield at least a modicum of political influence, they don’t need just to vote Democratic for this year. They need to complete the trek all the way to Ronald Reagan's first political home: the Democratic Party.

Ned Ryun, a former presidential writer for President George W. Bush, argues in an opinion piece for The Hill, that "Never Trump" Republicans are out of touch with the American people. 

Never Trumpers have completely lost the plot. They’ve had a year and a half to digest the lessons from the 2016 election and observe the Trump presidency. However, they’ve come to the asinine conclusion that the only way forward is to blow up everything, give power to the Democrats and start from scratch. Apparently, somewhere deep down in the DNA of establishment Republicans, is the nasty “Let’s snatch defeat from the jaws of victory” gene.
....The networks eagerly hand out contracts and airtime to promote the Never Trump elements, even though polling shows they represent almost no one but themselves. Their Trump hate might earn them pats on the head in the green room and invitations to the elite corners of the Acela Corridor, but it doesn’t represent the Republican base.

Steve Schmidt, a Republican political strategist, took to Twitter in June to formally renounce the GOP. 

I have spent much of my life working in GOP politics. I have always believed that both parties were two of the most important institutions to the advancement of human freedom and dignity in the history of the world. Today the GOP has become a danger to our democracy and values.

New York Times opinion columnist David Brooks stated President Trump clearly tapped into the nation's fears and anxieties, and completely leaving the party would mean ignoring the needs of this constituency. 

The main reason Trump won the presidency is that tens of millions of Americans rightly feel that their local economies are under attack, their communities are dissolving and their religious liberties are under threat. Trump understood the problems of large parts of America better than anyone else. He has been able to strengthen his grip on power over the past year because he has governed as he campaigned.
Until somebody comes up with a better defense strategy, Trump and Trumpism will dominate. Voters are willing to put up with a lot of nonsense for a president they think is basically on their side.

Some feel the only solution is to completely destroy the party and start a new, more centrist political affiliation.

[T]he real problem is the deeply diseased, potentially protofascist Republican Party. Trump is the symptom, not the cause. There is only one cure, and that is to defeat it. There is only one way to do that, and that is by supporting its opposition: the Democratic Party. Its conquest of the punditocracy notwithstanding, “Never Trump” Republicanism is about as meaningful an opposition as Jill Stein’s effectively pro-Trump Green Party. 

Even people who once considered themselves Never Trumpers have been forced to recognize his legitimacy within the party. Rich Lowry, the editor of the conservative National Review, argued as much in an op-ed for Politico:

Trump is not seriously engaged enough to drive this himself, while congressional Republicans lack interest in immigration restriction and are opposed to Trump on trade. But make no mistake: On immigration and China trade, Trump is closer to the national Republican consensus than his conservative detractors.
A realistic attitude to Trump involves acknowledging both his flaws and how he usefully points the way beyond a tired Reagan nostalgia. By all means, criticize him when he’s wrong. But don’t pretend that he’s just going away, or that he’s a wild outlier in the contemporary GOP.
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