Why Trump should be primaried
The Washington Post
Any Republican thinking about challenging President Trump in the 2020 primaries would take on a “difficult, and perhaps thankless, political task,” said Michael Gerson. History has shown that it’s almost impossible to topple a sitting president of your own party. Trump is not the usual president, however; he is “a person of horrible character who corrupts everyone around him, undermines essential social standards, and is branding his party with an image of bigotry that will last a generation.” Sadly, most Republicans prefer to overlook this president’s disgraceful, corrupting behavior because he’s given them corporate tax cuts and appointed a slew of conservative judges, including two to the U.S. Supreme Court. When they think the alternative to Trump is a Democrat, “not many Republicans place that much weight on matters of character.” But if a decent, solid Republican such as Bob Corker, Nikki Haley, or Mitt Romney ran, Republicans could have both conservative policy and character. Despite the long odds of success, someone on the Right must step forward, as a principled protest against Trump’s cruelty, racism, and corruption, and to prove that traditional conservatism is not dead. Someone has to fight for the soul of the Republican Party.