All throughout the 2016 Presidential Election, there was a movement among so-called conservatives to oppose Trump.
Most strongly felt during the primaries, these “Never Trumpers” strongly opposed Donald Trump’s nomination by the Republican Party, hoping for an alternative candidate. They claimed Trump did not represent most conservatives’ values and made wild claims about how he would act as president.
Even when Trump gained the nomination, notable conservative pundits and speakers were against him. They were even willing to endorse Hillary, in the hopes that Trump would lose enough supporters.
You can speculate on their reasons, but most of them were insider politicians or elitists who wanted to hold onto their power in Washington. A Trump presidency would mean the end of decades of political games that allowed corrupt and incompetent people to thrive.
The other NeverTrumpers? It’s hard to say what their motives were. Perhaps as conservative personalities, they had to oppose the candidate, just to appear as a dissenting voice. Perhaps they were bending to pressure from mainstream and liberal media outlets. Or perhaps they just didn’t understand that Trump meant what he said.
Regardless of the reasons, it’s clear that some of those anti-Trump talking heads are starting to come around, now that they see the president is a man of his word.
Outspoken Trump critic Glenn Beck praised President Trump’s proposed federal budget on his radio show Thursday, declaring himself “pro-Trump” after highlighting the president’s proposed spending cuts.
The radio host gleefully read out a list of some of the agencies and programs Trump’s budget would cut, including the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, and so on.
“And my favorite: The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars,” he said, concluding the list.
Beck, who has written and spoken extensively about his dislike of President Woodrow Wilson, joked with his co-hosts that the inclusion of the center named after the progressive president was “an olive branch” to him from the Trump administration.
For a long time Beck has spoken out against Trump, before and now after the election. He’s even gone as far as ally himself with a few despicable liberal figures, simply to get more attention.
Yet once the president released his very uncompromising budget, backing up his campaign promises, Beck changed his tune.
Perhaps Beck realized that Trump really wants to reduce the size of government, eliminate waste, and give the power back to the people. These are tenants most conservative preach, regardless of who they back. Beck can’t really malign Trump, when faced with such an effective and cost-cutting budget plan.
That doesn’t mean Beck will go on to back Trump in other areas, it just means he’s come around on this point. But perhaps as time goes on he will see the light and start to support our conservative president.
And perhaps Beck will have nothing to do with Samantha Bee, ever again.