he small but vocal contingent of “NeverTrump” Republicans — those who swore never to vote for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, even if that meant handing the country to Hillary Clinton and the Democrats — were exuberant Tuesday night, as Republican gubernatorial candidates went down to defeat in New Jersey and Virginia.
It was the first “victory” for NeverTrump, who cast Tuesday’s result as a vindication of their warnings about Trump.
Nov. 7, 2017: "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." https://t.co/RJ6aeaJIaG
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) November 8, 2017
Elsewhere, NeverTrump flamethrower Rick Wilson was exuberant, savoring the “tears” of his critics and then denying his evident glee at “the reckoning we warned you was coming.” He added that he was “rubbing it in your faces” to make a point about running conservative campaigns in politically diverse states:
4/ I'm rubbing it in your faces that your idea that base-only campaign work in places that aren't deep red. I'm laughing at you for thinking Trumpism without his celebrity…
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) November 8, 2017
How long before GOP congressmen decide they have to impeach Trump themselves to win? Hahahaha
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) November 8, 2017
Mindy Finn, who was NeverTrump’s vice presidential candidate on Evan McMullin’s independent ticket in 2016, called Tuesday’s result a “backlash” against Trump, adding that it was better to “lose with honor” than to win:
Finn may have been referring to McMullin’s charge, earlier in the day, that Gillespie had thrown his lot in with “white nationalism.”