Sanders A Bridge Too Far For Never Trump Republicans
Republican critics of President Trump are ready to vote for a Democrat in November, save Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders:
If Biden wins the nomination, many Never Trump Republicans are prepared to work on his behalf to attract disaffected voters on the Right just like them, but Never Trump Republicans have limits. Philosophically conservative and not wanting to be perceived as otherwise, they view Sanders’s self-professed “democratic socialism” as equally problematic and might skip 2020 altogether if he leads the Democratic ticket.
“It’s asking a lot from people on the center-right or in the old Reagan wing of GOP to go full Sanders in November,” said Jerry Taylor, who runs the Niskanen Center, a Washington think tank that has become a hub for the Never Trump community. Taylor does plan to support Sanders in the general election if the senator wins the Democratic nod but described himself, and others like him, as the exception to the rule.
“I would not feel particularly happy about it, but I would swallow hard and pull the lever,” Taylor said.
Should Sanders emerge, Never Trump Republicans say they and independent conservatives itching to oust Trump in the fall are likely to sit on their hands or vote for a hopeless third-party candidate in protest.