In a New York Times piece that will undoubtedly send shockwaves through the electorate, journalist Jonathan Martin informed the paper’s declining readership that Republicans who pointedly declined to support Donald Trump in 2016 and have opposed him at every juncture since…will continue to not support him in the upcoming election. Grab your smelling salts, this is earth-shattering.
From the Times:
Growing numbers of prominent Republicans are debating how far to go in revealing that they won’t back his re-election – or might even vote for Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee. They’re feeling a fresh urgency because of Mr Trump’s incendiary response to the protests of police brutality, atop his mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to people who spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose private discussions.
Former president George W Bush won’t support the re-election of Mr. Trump, and Jeb Bush isn’t sure how he’ll vote, say people familiar with their thinking. Senator Mitt Romney of Utah won’t back Mr. Trump and is deliberating whether to again write in his wife, Ann, or cast another ballot this November. And Cindy McCain, the widow of senator John McCain, is almost certain to support Mr. Biden but is unsure how public to be about it because one of her sons is eyeing a run for office.
If President Trump isn’t sufficiently shaken by the prospect of Mitt Romney again writing in his wife for president, perhaps he’ll be moved to fear by the knowledge that (checks notes) former Sen. Jeff Flake is going to oppose him as well!
“For people who were long waiting for that pivot, the last week has shown, if anything, he’s dug in and not even making an attempt to appeal to anybody outside his hard base,” said Flake, who intends to eventually endorse Biden.
The left has reveled in the “Prominent Conservative Opposes Trump” style of headline from the moment the president threw his hat into the 2015 ring, and it has grown very, very threadbare. Exactly zero Americans give a damn how Cindy McCain votes in November. That’s approximately the same number of Americans who will be convinced to turn against Trump by “conservatives” like Jennifer Rubin, Bill Kristol, George Conway, or Ana Navarro. The “I’m breaking with Trump” magic trick can be performed only once before it loses its appeal.
In 2020, it’s already been played so many times, we’re genuinely surprised The New York Times actually thinks this qualifies as clickbait, much less actual news.