- The Washington Times
Monday, February 11, 2019

Erick Erickson is “Never Trump” no more.

The conservative radio host made clear Monday that resisting Mr. Trump is no longer a viable option come 2020, due to president’s concrete track record and evidence that the Democratic Party is “deeply, deeply hostile to large families, small businesses, strong work ethics, gun ownership and traditional values.”

The editor for The Resurgent wrote in part:

“I chose a third path in 2016 and the nation decided otherwise. Now, as we head into 2020, it is clear the paths forward are still between the Republicans and Democrats. …

We have a party that is increasingly hostile to religion and now applies religious tests to blocking judicial nominees. We have a party that believes children can be murdered at birth. We have a party that would set back the economic progress of this nation by generations through their environmental policies. We have a party that uses the issue of Russia opportunistically. We have a party that has weaponized race, gender, and other issues to divide us all while calling the President “divisive.” We have a party that is deeply, deeply hostile to large families, small businesses, strong work ethics, gun ownership, and traditional values. We have a party that is more and more openly anti-Semitic.

The Democrats have increasingly determined to let that hostility shape their public policy. They are adamant, with a religious fervor, that one must abandon one’s deeply held convictions and values as a form of penance to their secular gods.”

Mr. Erickson added that Mr. Trump “earned” his 2020 vote through numerous policy decisions and promises kept from the 2016 presidential election.

Praise for the president came due to tax reform, regulatory rollbacks, withdrawal from the Paris Accord, and “solid executive appointments, including to the judiciary,” among other issues.

“My friends in the center-right coalition who are flirting with Democrats are, more often than not, not really socially conservative. But I am,” Mr. Erickson continued. “That party offers me no home and is deeply hostile to people of faith. The president has shown himself to not share my faith convictions any more than the other side, but the president has shown he is willing to defend my faith convictions and is supportive of them … I will vote for Donald Trump and Mike Pence. And, to be clear, it will not be just because of what the other side offers, but also because of what the Trump-Pence team has done.”

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