President-elect Donald Trump gives the thumbs up as he arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 in Bedminster, N.J.. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump Supporters Can Own The Unity

I remember so many times during the campaign when Donald Trump supporters attacked Never Trumpers as irrelevant and unable to stop their inevitable victory, and as traitors who will cost their Dear Leader his election. The fact that these two things were mutually exclusive didn’t deter the attacks.

When President-elect Trump won, many of them were ready to do an Irish jig on our graves, after each and every one of us suffered catastrophic career failure and humiliation. Of course, we were all wrong. Never Trumpers didn’t cost Trump the election, and we have not lost relevancy. And now, there’s a real possibility we are to be quickly accepted back into Trump’s big GOP tent.

Note this Twitter thread:

https://twitter.com/EWErickson/status/801807835881410560

Sure, the Democrats are imploding and coping with deep psychological wounds as their idealized bubble world melts away.

Upon this foundation, liberals bit a shaky edifice of assumed political superiority. The election of Donald Trump—not merely an earthquake but an extinction-level asteroid event—brought it all crashing down. And you can see that in the behavior of Paul Krugman, a man who has been confronted with, and is struggling mightily to accept, the way the world is. Really, this wake-up call has kind of been a long time coming: there are few columnists on the scene today more intellectually closed and pompous than Krugman, a fellow who once wrote about a particular policy debate, “I…have been right about everything.” Even when you’re right about everything, you don’t write, “I have been right about everything.” Unless you’re Paul Krugman, that is.

In fact, liberals have been wrong about practically everything. And now, Trump’s hard-core supporters are eventually going to have to live with their own bubble world implosion, as Trump has to actually govern in the Real World™. This means that Trump may appoint people like Mitt Romney into key administration positions. It means that Trump has nominated one-time critic Gov. Nikki Haley as U.N. Ambassador.

In order for liberals to be consigned to the ashes they so richly deserve, Trump will have to draw from many different factions of the GOP that don’t necessarily get along. All those ate-up Trumpkins who think Trump is their man need to learn that the man they wanted in the White House because nobody owns him, that they don’t own him either.

Far be it from me to believe that I can influence Trump: He should nominate Mitt Romney if only for the sake of unity, and the fact that Romney is worthy of respect, even by those who hold him in contempt. Trump promised unity while he was campaigning. It’s about time for his grave-dancing supporters to own the unity.

If they can’t do that, then they don’t really want to Make America Great Again. They just want what Democrats want–a perfect bubble world with them in charge.

About the author

Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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