The #NeverTrump Movement's Last Remaining Options

Waking up after Indiana
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2016 4:50 AM CDT
Updated May 4, 2016 6:32 AM CDT
What's Next for the GOP
This Cruz campaign worker is now out of a job.   (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Donald Trump is now being described as the inevitable GOP nominee by just about everybody outside John Kasich's campaign—but that doesn't mean the GOP has to like it. After Ted Cruz dropped out Tuesday night, RNC leader Reince Priebus tweeted that the party should unite behind the "presumptive nominee." Some prominent conservatives, however, say they will vote for Hillary Clinton, and others are seeking third-party candidates. A roundup of coverage:

  • The "comb-overthrow of the Republican party is complete," according to Politico, which predicts that GOP bigwigs and their "affiliated oligarchs" will now seek a third-party conservative alternative that will allow down-ballot candidates to distance themselves from Trump. Names in the frame include Rick Perry and Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse.

  • Trump will head to the convention in July with the "official but uneasy embrace" of the party establishment, according to the New York Times, which calls his rise an "extraordinary moment in American political history." He will be the first major-party nominee never to have held elected office since Dwight Eisenhower—and Eisenhower was a five-star general.
  • The Guardian reports that in his victory speech, Trump promised to "bring unity to the Republican party"—and seemed to shrug off the fact that he is deeply unpopular with female, African-American, and Hispanic voters.
  • The #NeverTrump movement hasn't changed its mind about the meaning of the word "never," the Washington Post reports, but they aren't sure whether to find a third-party candidate, focus on down-ballot candidates, or keep trying to somehow force a contested convention.
  • Liz Mair, co-founder of the anti-Trump PAC "Make America Awesome," tells CNN that the only options for disgruntled Republicans now appear to be a write-in to "ease the conscience," or possibly a vote for the Libertarian candidate. "For too many Americans, the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump feels like a choice between being shot in the head, and being shot in the head," she says.
  • In a post-mortem on Cruz's campaign, the Los Angeles Times finds that he was right about GOP voters wanting "an anti-establishment rabble-rouser who would not apologize. He was just wrong about the outsider."
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