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Never Trump

Robert P. Saldin and Steven M. Teles


In early 2016, as it became increasingly apparent that Donald Trump might actually become the Republican nominee, a movement within conservatism formed to stop him: Never Trump. Comprising primarily Republican policy elites and conservative intellectuals, the Never Trumpers saw Trump’s stated views as a repudiation of long-standing Republican foreign and domestic policy goals. Just as importantly, they saw him as erratic, mendacious, and unfit—the sort of person the founders warned about, and someone who would bring everlasting shame to the Republican Party.

Keywords: Donald Trump, Never Trumpers, Republican Party, Pat Buchanan, foreign policy, Republican administration, intra-party opposition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190880446
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190880446.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert P. Saldin, author
Professor of Political Science, University of Montana

Steven M. Teles, author
Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University

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