Never Trump Does The Hindenburg

Donald TrumpThat crashing sound and acrid burning smell you’ve noticed of late is the “NeverTrump” (NT) movement meeting political reality in the same manner the dirigible Hindenburg met the ground in Lakehurst, New Jersey.

To review the bidding, the NT cabal is led by a small coterie of Republican elitists and disgruntled king-makers. They think that the 13 million or so GOP voters who chose Donald Trump in the primaries (a record, by the way, and some two and a half million more votes than Mittens Romney received in 2012) should be given the middle finger, told to go pound sand, and then be expected to embrace whichever pliable stooge the establishment puts forward after they steal the nomination from Trump.

They are unlikely to succeed in overturning at the convention the clear popular choice of rank and file Republicans across the country, but that hasn’t stopped them from trying. Like the Hindenburg, NT is kept afloat by a combination of hot air and noxious gas. The most gaseous in the effort is William Kristol, he of the perpetual smirk. He has been holding his breath and stamping his feet since midway through the primary process. He’s throwing a gargantuan tantrum because the “little people” who make up the GOP base didn’t listen to them.

Billy Kristol’s main claim to fame is that he was Chief of Staff for Vice President Dan Quayle. Billy used to like to boast that he was the smartest person on Quayle’s staff.  As Charles Krauthammer observed, this “is akin to being the tallest building in Topeka Kansas.”

As if to prove Krauthammer correct, Billy’s first self-described “bombshell” for NT was to announce that David French would run as a third party alternative to Trump. If you are asking “David who?” you’re in good company. French is a writer nobody has ever heard of who writes for a once fine magazine, National Review, that nobody reads anymore. Eventually, even the anonymous Mr. French could see the Hindenburg-like trajectory of NT and withdrew from consideration. What followed was a series of trial balloons that made the Hindenburg look like the Starship Enterprise.

So the NT brain trust switched from recruiting a third party candidate to oppose Trump to stealing the nomination at the convention next week. I use the verb “steal” advisedly but correctly. The NT strategy is to change the rules (the rules every delegate to the convention ran under and was elected under) so that delegates legally bound to vote for Trump won’t have to do so. For instance, Republicans in my Congressional District cast 69.58 percent of their ballots for Trump, thereby earning him all three delegates from this district. The NT folks think that these delegates ought to ignore the votes of the 70 percent of local Republicans who sent them to the convention and vote for somebody else, anybody else, even if that person wasn’t on the ballot and received zero votes.

The tallest building in Topeka Kansas and his Quisling Caucus apparently think this would be a positive development for the GOP. After all, few things reinforce faith in democracy like ignoring the actual votes of the people. Billy World’s Trump Derangement Syndrome is so advanced that they believe changing the rules, not in the middle of the game but 95 percent through the game, and thereby stealing the nomination from the clear choice of the Republican primary electorate is justified by their prissy, starched collar, blue nosed disdain for this ruffian outsider named Trump.

Success for their larceny would rupture the party, perhaps irreversibly, but they don’t care. The great unwashed among the Republican voters – those barbarians in “fly over” country who ignored the advice of their betters inside the D.C. beltway – need to be taught a lesson. The Republican Party will be a shambles if their gambit succeeds, but at least they might have a chance to rule over the ashes. They need to destroy the party in order to save it.

As I said in my previous column, I know many fine folks who are skeptical of Trump. These are “worker bee” types by and large who, like me, had other favorites earlier in the primaries. The first part of conversations with them usually consists of my saying “yes, I know,” “I agree,” “you’re right about that,” etc. Lately to save time I open the conversation with, “I will stipulate to every negative thing you are going to say about Trump, now let’s talk about the 3 to 4 Supreme Court appointments and several hundred Federal court appointments the next president will have.”

For it is in the courts that the existential threat to our liberties lie. If there were 5 or 6 young, healthy Anton Scalias and Clarence Thomas’s currently on the Supreme Court I likely wouldn’t really care who won this November. But there are not. Donald Trump has published a list of stellar conservative jurists as candidates for court appointments. Hillary Clinton’s court appointments will be far left, quasi-Stalinist activists. She will fill the federal bureaucracy with conservative-haters who will make Lois Lerner look like Mother Theresa. The full force of the federal government will be embarked on a search and destroy mission against conservatives, our values and our freedoms.

Think I’m exaggerating? The Christian bakers in Oregon who demurred on participating in the gay wedding were not only fined $150,000 but also ordered to attend mandatory – mandatory – “sensitivity and diversity” classes. A couple of months ago Loretta Lynch promised to “vigorously prosecute” anyone who spread “inflammatory rhetoric” about Islam. The Obama-appointed U.S. attorney in Idaho has warned that it is “very likely against the law” to publicly comment in a “negative, provocative” manner on the case of three immigrant minors who molested a 5-year-old. The attorneys general of 11 Marxist U.S. states want to make felons of corporate CEOs who publicly challenge “climate change.” Add that to the violent onslaught on campus against conservative speakers. At a Trump rally in San Jose a month ago the police stood idly by while ordinary citizens were brutally assaulted (7 were hospitalized and cars vandalized while attempting to attend the public event). The day after, the mayor of San Jose blamed Trump and his “extremist” supporters for the disturbance. The local newspaper heartily agreed with him, stating that “extremist views like Trump’s have no place in civilized discourse and as such are certainly not protected by the first amendment.” Emphasis added. Those are chilling words, but just a sample of what would be allowed, nay encouraged, by a Clinton-appointed judiciary and executive branch.

Like it or not, there is only one candidate who can stop this from happening. His name is Donald Trump. Winston Churchill said of Democracy that “it is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” So it is with Trump the candidate. Imperfect, flawed and a thesaurus full of other pejoratives, but if you do not vote for him you are enabling the dark night of socialist repression that will most assuredly flow out of a Clinton regime. The shredding of the constitution will be on your head.

The last retort of the NT Clinton enablers is often “sometimes party loyalty demands too much.” Indeed it does. My first two votes for president were cast in 1972 and 1976. In neither year did I vote for the Republican nominee. I’m not supporting Donald Trump out of loyalty to my party. I’m doing it out of loyalty to my country.

Bill Saracino is a member of the Editorial Board of CA Political Review.


  1. Ed Olson says

    LOVE the Krauthammer quote! And the Churchill quote re: Democracy is precisely apt for our situation . Never Hillary! Thanks Bill.

  2. Ken Weitzman says

    So well written with humor and punch. And so true. America is in the balance. Mr. Saracino, if there was a Nobel prize for short, extremely important, articles regarding America’s fate you would easily win.

    • Bill Saracino says

      Ken Weitzman – – – you’re making me blush ! But thank you for your very kind words. Fight On ! Bill

  3. Nailed it…complete overview!

  4. Nice job UB!

  5. Nancy Jenkins says

    Thanks for sharing. You hit the nail on the head. We are so dead if we don’t elect Trump.

  6. Some people want to take all other with them to hell much earlier than at physical death – and they want to elect hellory to make it happen all the faster.

  7. My dear friend Saracino at his snarky best. I loved it!

  8. Bill, this is the best analysis of the situation we face that I have read thus far. I just posted it to my Facebook page. Well done!

    • Coming from conservative icon Bruce Eberle, that is high praise indeed. Thank you Bruce…. delighted you liked it !

  9. Randy Goodwin says

    Outstanding column. Let’s add to the list of horrors the attempt by the three Democrat members of the Federal Election Commission to regulate the Drudge Report and the stirrings by the Democrats at the FCC to bring back the “Fairness Doctrine” as a means of shutting down conservative talk radio. The totalitarian impulse is alive and well among the Democrats and all it will take to make it reality is a majority liberal Supreme Court.

  10. WOW, what an objective HIT PIECE! The anger and hate from the Trumpets is not disappointing in the arena of SHOCK!

    Let’s start with… fact is, we are making progress and Trump IS NOT. Did you miss the fact he just lost a court cased to “bind the delegates”? Now why would he want to do an ‘establishment’ thing like that? Oh, to RIG THE NOMINATING PROCESS!? Yes!
    Source: Daily Caller- ‘Never Trump’ Convention Delegates Win in Court (

    Then you cite Sauerkraut Hammer? LOL! What a joke of desperation to cite an establishment Fixed News HACK. Mr. Hammer, your point is moot!
    Source: NYT- G.O.P.’s Brightest Stars Not in the Mix as Donald Trump Picks a Running Mate (

    But your “13 million (or so)”, is the most deceptive and self-delusional part of this hit piece and for most Trumpsters. You NEVER cite just whom made up that 13 million, hint, it was NOT all GOP! In fact, take all the states Trump won and the majority were BLUE STATES WITH open primaries. This may be why he thinks he can unite the left while dissing his Conservative base! But he basically benefited from the lefts own version of a Rush Limbaugh play he called ‘operation chaos’.
    (Thanks Rush for not getting behind the true Conservative, straddling the fence in our most important election in US history then Benedict Arnolding us all! But I digress…)
    So the 80/84 GOP primary “rigging” (to use a Trump term) called ‘open primaries’ to, and I quote; Hat Tip RNC: “never let another Reagan ever win the nomination again…” WORKED! Cause the left saw how toxic Trump is, knows he can’t beat her and they made damn sure with the help of the sell-out GOP to make him the nominee. [golf clap]


    • Replace – – If Trump loses the GOP will indeed be replaced….by an all powerful, one party (Democrat) Stalinist reign of terror.Only bright spot would be if the re-education camps had ample supplies of your meds…. which you are obviously off of.

      • Your poor assumption is, Trump will prevent something WE HAVE NOW – a one party system. What’s Trump record, words and evidence he will prevent the status-quo and where is the evidence he will break it up?

    • .Bill Saracino says

      Always nice to get a calm, reasoned, well thought out reply.

  11. Actually, the Supreme Court is IMMEDIATELY conceded the moment TTrump is nominated. Why? Because the GOP is then assured of losing the Senate- and Trump, with not a singled principled bone in his body, will submit one conservative as a sop, watch them get rejected, then will turn to all his LIBERAL lawyer friends (like his chief council) to place in any and all SCOTUS openings. Trump will NOT fight for a conservative nominee. Not enough to get it done.

  12. Charlotte Pierce says

    Excellent, well thought out piece. I agree. If Hillary becomes President we can say goodbye to our time honored American way of life.

  13. Owen Jones says

    Bill covers the practical reasons for supporting Trump. But Trump has also had a good education in the totalitarianism of political correctness in the last year, which tells me he is not going to cave to inside the beltway liberal pressure to give up on his key issues. I may be wrong, in which case, Bill is still right. The alternative is too horrible to imagine.

  14. Bob Gibson says

    You mean you actually voted for McGovern and Carter???? And, you want us to listen???

    • Bob Gibson says

      I am voting for Trump, but not because of what you said! I have been on his side from the first indication that he was going to stop illegal immigration, and I am in a related agricultural location that has too much unemployment because of liberal policies right now and because I believe everybody, even laborers need to enter any country legally!!!!!

    • LOL – – No Bob….i voted for John Hospers the Libertarian candidate and John Schmitz the AIP candidate. Though the situation in ’76 was such that if Reagan were to have any chance to become President, Ford had to lose. The most direct way to insure that happened was to vote for Carter. Couldn’t bring myself to do that, so voted for the Libertarian.

  15. Dennis Johnson says

    Most of your readers will probably have to look up “Quisling”….but the description as used by Saracino is 100% accurate . The Never Trump die hard are doing exactly what Quisling did in WWII…..collaborating with the enemy and helping the bad guys win. Shame on them.

  16. Bruce Whitaker says

    Great analysis and well penned column! My friend Mr. Saracino displays a fine patina of common sense and pragmatism. Temper tantrums by party kingmakers indeed. However, collaboration in inflicting Hillary Clinton upon us as retaliation could qualify as an egregious crime against humanity.

  17. Kelly Hubbard says

    The real Hindenburg move is picking a nominee who has historically high unfavorables, much higher than Hillary’s, and who a majority of Republicans say they want someone else as nominee. Just like the Hindenburg, Donald Trump will be going down in flames. Every poll and survey has consistently shown for over a year now that Trump loses to Hillary, in some cases by double digits. Not only will we as Republicans lose the Presidency with this clown as our nominee, but there is a very real possibility that Trump will cause the loss of the Senate for Republicans and possibly even the House, which in many cases is worse than losing the White House.

    • Kelly – – as I tried to make clear in this piece and a previous one a month ago….Trump was not my first choice – Carson was – nor my second or third. ALL that said…either he or the Hildabeast will form the Supreme Court for the next 25 – 30 years. Hillary doing so poses an existential threat to our freedoms….see my piece above. Trump does not. Case closed. Republicans who continue to bitch about Trump are enabling Hillary’s presidency….which will be VERY bad for the country. Read my last sentence Kelly. The read it again.

  18. Great article! Those Republicans trying to sink TRUMP are, in a simple term, crazy! Thankfully so far, all efforts to sink Trump, and they have been strong, have failed. Hopefully they will continue to fail miserably.

  19. Jennifer H. says

    You are correct. Thank you for this article, and for your replies to comments.

  20. We live in California (or I assume we do given that this is published in the California Political Review). In the last polls I checked, Clinton is up by an average of 23.8 points over Trump in California. ( In other words, my vote is not going to elect Trump (or influence any federal court selection) anyway. So why should I vote for someone that I think is going to do lasting harm to the Republican Party in California?

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