This is a great piece by Victor Davis Hanson. It analyzes the Never Trumpers, on the Left and the Right, and their extremism. He discusses the consequences of subverting the president of the United States, the talk of coup, impeachment, and assassination.
"Trump-Removal Chic" - What a great term!
Clearly in empirical terms, nothing that Trump in his first month in office has done seems to have justified calls for violence against his person or his removal from office. What then accounts for the unprecedented venom?
Hanson enumerates four reasons for the incredible degree of unhingement and the efforts to achieve his demise.
1) Trump's bombastic, take-no-prisoners style
2) The Democrat party being absorbed by its Left wing
3) Failure of some conservative pundits and journalists to push back
4) The irrational and abnormal becoming institutionalized and commonplace, ignoring the "working classes as either demographically doomed or as a spent force of deplorables and irredeemables (or both)"
Hanson nails the third.
3) Usually conservative pundits and journalists would push back against this extraordinary effort to delegitimize a Republican president. But due to a year of Never Trump politicking and opposition, and Trump’s own in-your-face, unorthodox style and grating temperament, hundreds of Republican intellectuals and journalists, former officeholders and current politicians — who shared a common belief that Trump had no chance of winning and thus could be safely written off — find themselves without influence in either the White House or indeed in their own party, over 90 percent of which voted for Trump. In other words, the Right ruling class is still in a civil war of sorts.
For some, the best pathway to redemption is apparently to criticize Trump to such an extent that their prior prophecies of his preordained failure in the election will be partially redeemed by an imploding presidency. It is no accident that many of those calling for his resignation or removal are frustrated that, for the first time in a generation, they will have no influence in a Republican administration or indeed among most Republicans. Yet, in private, they accept that Trump’s actual appointments, executive orders, and announced policies are mostly orthodox conservative — a fact that was supposed to have been impossible.
Those two succinct paragraphs explain the Never Trumpers.
They prefer subversion to admitting they were wrong. They are impotent and they refuse to accept it.
So, these conservative intellectuals and journalists find themselves in bed with the Leftists, echoing their talking points.
For some, the best pathway to redemption is apparently to criticize Trump to such an extent that their prior prophecies of his preordained failure in the election will be partially redeemed by an imploding presidency.Exactly!
They are seeking their own redemption. Trump must fail for them to find it.