Matt Walsh: Let’s Remember The Cowardly Conservative Leaders Who Betrayed Us For Trump. Excerpt:
Donald Trump was able to co-opt conservatism and slap his name across the front of it, like he’s done with so many hotels and casinos and dozens of other defunct companies, because those entrusted with defending and protecting it retreated at the first sign of resistance. They hid from the populist mob or grabbed their pitchforks and joined in. And when conservatism suffers the same fate as so many of Trump’s bankrupted ventures, we will have these cowards to blame.
As unpleasant a task as it may be, I think we need to identify the traitors and remember their names. We do this not out of spite, but in keeping with the Bible’s many warnings about false prophets. Scripture urges us to “expose the unfruitful works of darkness” (Ephesians 5:11) and avoid becoming partners with those “who deceive with empty words” (Ephesians 5:6). Colossians implores us not to be “taken captive by deceit.” We’re warned in 2 Timothy that the time will come when people will not want to hear the truth, so they will surround themselves with frauds who tell them what their “itching ears want to hear.” I believe we have arrived at that moment, and it is now urgent that we specifically identify these frauds and false teachers. This is not a fun or polite process, but it is necessary, so we must get on with it.
When the Trump phenomenon is over — whether that happens in the primary or the general, or after eight years of a totalitarian Trump rule — it’s crucial that we not allow these craven opportunists to pick right up where they left us. We may forgive them if they seek our forgiveness, but we cannot forget, and we cannot rely on their leadership again. These conservatives can be entrusted with the duties of leading the movement no more than a burglar can be entrusted with the duties of caring for your house when you’re away on vacation. It’s a matter of prudence, not revenge.
He then goes on to name names. It’s not at all a pleasant article, but you should nevertheless read the whole thing.