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Are never-Trump Republicans heroes or hypocrites?

Many on the left have been applauding never-Trump conservatives like Bill Kristol, Joe Scarborough, Jeff Flake and Mitt Romney for their condemnation of President Trump—but not everyone believes they deserve all the praise. Kristol, Scarborough, and Romney paved the way for the rise of President Trump. And while Flake has had harsh words for the president, his actions are a different story. But some believe we should praise anti-Trumpers to encourage more Republicans to put country over party. What do you think?

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Many on the left have been celebrating never-Trump conservatives like Bill Kristol, Joe Scarborough and Mitt Romney for their criticism of President Trump. But do they really deserve all the praise?

Former Fox News contributor Bill Kristol helped sell President Trump's precursor, Sarah Palin. Joe Scarborough regularly invited Trump on his morning show during the election and even compared him to Ronald Reagan. And at the height of the birther movement, Mitt Romney hosted a fundraiser with Trump in Las Vegas. None of them have taken full responsibility for the ways in which they paved the way for Trump—so do they really deserve all the applause?

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But others praise Republicans who are brave enough to take on Trump because they want to encourage more Republicans to do the same. To the left, Trump poses a unique threat to our democracy. They believe he should be condemned by both parties, not just Democrats.

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When Sen. Jeff Flake gave a scathing speech on the Senate floor comparing Trump to Stalin, he was congratulated by many.

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But others point out that never-Trump Republicans like Jeff Flake are all talk. Flake may have strong words for the president, but he's voted with Trump 90 percent of the time. Plus, Flake is retiring this year. Not exactly a beacon of courage.

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Mitt Romney came out earlier than most Republicans in the fight against Donald Trump, calling him "a phony" and "a fraud." But if Romney really felt so strongly about the dangers of Trump, why did he host a fundraiser with Trump at the height of the birther controversy? Mitt Romney was fine cozying up to "a fraud" who was pushing a racist conspiracy as long as it meant more campaign donations.

Four years ago, Romney eagerly sought and won Trump's endorsement. This was after Trump went on a crusade to prove that Barack Obama was born somewhere other than America, so it wasn't as though there was some mystery about whether Trump wanted to appeal to the basest prejudices within the Republican electorate.

Like many other never-Trump Republicans, Romney paved the way for someone like Trump to come along.

Romney ran a campaign that was utterly demagogic and dishonest. It may not have been quite as appalling as what Trump is doing now, but in many ways it was similar... Trumpism is Republican conservatism stripped of its politesse.
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But others believe Republicans who choose to condemn Trump should be praised for their willingness to put country over party. The left should be encouraging Republicans who stand up for American values and norms rather than stand loyal to a dangerous president. If Democrats attack never-Trumpers, they discourage more Republicans from coming forward, and Republicans are needed now more than ever in the fight against Trump

Democrats can only hope that Republicans find the courage to join Jeff Flake and Bob Corker in reflecting actual American values instead of exploiting bumper sticker patriotism. These two senators are resisting the very encroachments that led to the foundation of this country. They have chosen a principled approach to our political crisis. Democrats stand in solidarity with them. Keep resisting.

Never-Trumpers, welcome to the Resistance!

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