The “Trump revolution” has officially come full circle.
As we’ve observed throughout this election season, every single House and Senate incumbent has won reelection. Ironically, the extra “Trump turnout” has helped establishment incumbents fend off challenges from grassroots conservatives across the map. Now, Donald Trump is directly wading into congressional primaries on behalf of open-border RINOs.
Trump could have gotten involved in a number of worthy primaries. He could have backed Jim Bridenstine against the Boehner acolyte challenging him. He could have joined Ted Cruz and Tom Coburn in backing Jarrin Jackson against leadership-hack Markwayne Mullin in the adjacent district in eastern Oklahoma. He could have supported Paul Nehlen, the challenger to Speaker Paul Ryan. Nope, he is nowhere to be seen; the same way he is missing in action when it comes to lending his voice to fight a single legislative battle for conservatives.
Trump makes a personal appeal to voters to back Ellmers in a robocallreleased Saturday. She was “the first congresswoman to endorse me and she really was terrific and boy, is she a fighter,” Trump says in the call. It is the first time this election that Trump has picked sides in a congressional race.
“I need her help in Washington so we can work together to defeat ISIS, secure our border and bring back jobs and frankly, so many other things,” Trump continues. “And Renee knows how to do it. She gets it. And together, we will make America great again.”
Oh, she’s a fighter alright – a fighter for the Boehner K Street political elites. There is perhaps no sitting member who embodies the source of anger among Republican voters – the anger that has engendered the rise of Trump in the first place – more than Renee Ellmers. After she was elected as a “Tea Party conservative” in 2010, she immediately became one of the most loyal foots soldiers for Boehner, Cantor and McCarthy and has done more to fight the conservative grassroots on immigration that any sitting House member.
Check out her CR profile here, and you will discover a more extensive liberal rap sheet than almost any sitting Republican congressman. Whether it’s opposing her state’s marriage amendment, fighting against pro-life legislation, or voting to support Obama’s amnesty even for convicted child molesters, Ellmers was always with the far-left.
A friend of mine spent several years working to challenge Ellmers before the federal courts stepped in and egregiously remade the maps in middle of an election. Now Ellmers is running in the same district as Rep. George Holding, a less offensive RINO, and conservative/libertarian activist Greg Brannon.
Trump’s support for Ellmers comes on the heels of him sticking it to conservatives in North Carolina and siding with Obama and his transgender war against the state. Yet, in the world of Trump, it’s all about cronyism and scratching the back of those who support him. Couple this with Trump’s close support for Mitch McConnell, Bob Corker and now Marco Rubio, and it’s quite evident that when you strip away the boisterous rhetoric, we are back to a non-existent party being led by yet another liberal nominee.
Many of us were told to embrace Trump because although he was not a traditional conservative, at least he’d burn the establishment to the ground. We were told to put up with his vulgarity, incoherence and immoral lifestyle because it was worth it to “stick it to the party elites.” We were told that although he is a liberal on other issues, it was worth voting for him because immigration was the most important issue. Well, now we are left with the vulgarity, incoherence, and immoral lifestyle together with the worst of the party elites who promote open borders.
Conservatives can debate with each other over supporting Trump in November until they turn blue in the face, but unless they hold him accountable he will have no incentive to move to the right. And unless conservatives begin looking beyond this election cycle and work towards building an enduring movement and a party to serve as a vehicle for that movement, there won’t be anything left to fight for.
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Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.