Over at The Atlantic, contributor, never-Trumper and advisor to The Lincoln Project Tom Nichols reveals what he has learned talking to his extensive contacts among conservatives about Republican plans to exorcise the demon of drumpf – whilst avoiding the inevitable splash and stink of half-digested pea soup that such an operation will doubtless engender.

Despite the party’s willingness – when the electoral pickings were ripe and bountiful – to become virtual conjoined twins with the Orangeutan, the plan going forward, as drumpf’s influence wanes, is to surgical remove the screaming, blubbering and ever petulant twin from their body and offer that while once Trump was a part of them, they are free now to go back to the simply being the retrograde asses that they ever were before they took him into their bosom.

“In one of the most appalling appropriations of a political banner in years—or at least since Trump decided in 2012, after years of changing party registrations, finally to settle on calling himself a Republican—some of the conservatives hoping to salvage the GOP’s fortune after the 2022 midterms are trying to seize and redefine the term Never Trump to mean a rejection of “only Trump, and no other Republicans who are like him.” This is important not as some internecine fight among the right but because it is a preview of how many Republicans (and especially those coalescing around Florida Governor Ron DeSantis) intend to rehabilitate the GOP brand in 2024.

The strategy will be to make Trump the sin-eater for the entire party, designating him as the GOP’s sole problem, and then rejecting him—and only him. The goal will be to scrub away the stain of having accommodated Trump while pretending that the Republican Party is no longer an extension of his warped and antidemocratic views. This will require an extraordinary suspension of disbelief and an expenditure of gigawatts of political energy on the pretense that the past seven years or so didn’t happen—or didn’t happen the way we remember them, or happened but don’t matter because Trump, having escaped Elba to contest the primaries, will finally be sent to St. Helena after his inevitable defeat.“

Somehow I don’t think that drumpf will take on the role of “sin-eater” i.e. one who ritualistically consumes the sins of another to take the blot from their soul… the fat fuck is, after all, constitutionally incapable of doing anything for anyone other than himself… but this is Tom’s story, so I’ll let him finish it…

Nichols acknowledges that he and his Lincoln Project pals underestimated how completely Trump would subsume and incorporate the GOP, to the point that some of their old compadres on the right, though willing to snip away at the infection, are loathe to remove enough of the gangrenous tissue to affect a complete cure:

“But Trump exceeded our worst fears. We expected him to bring a claque of opportunists and various other mooks and goons with him to Washington, but we overestimated the ability of the GOP’s immune system to fight off a complete surrender to Trump’s parasitical capture of the party. We appreciated the threat of Trump, but we were surprised by the spread of Trumpism—the political movement that arose as a malignant mass incarnation of Trump’s personality, based on racism, nativism, isolationism, the celebration of ignorance, and a will to power that was innately hostile to American institutions. Trumpism is now the only real animating force in Republican politics; indeed, DeSantis, the great GOP hope, is so much a Trump sycophant that he has even learned to stand and gesture like Trump.

The idea that Never Trump means more than the rejection of one vulgar and ignorant man—that it also means Never Trumpism—infuriates a lot of people on the right. (The folks over at National Review, some of whom have apparently jumped on the DeSantis bandwagon, have seemed particularly agitated in the past few days.) The immediate circumstance that precipitated all this online whining about the Never Trumpers and generated the sweaty attempts to seize their mantle was, of course, Trump’s dinner this weekend with an anti-Semite and a white supremacist. Top Republicans who should be desperate to scour the stink of Trumpism off the GOP but who fear Trump and his base once again went weak in the knees. Most stayed quiet; others employed careful circumlocutions. Mike Pence said Trump should “apologize” for the dinner, as if it were a faux pas. Senator John Thune blamed Trump’s staff—always a handy dodge in Washington.”

Nichol’s article is both a fascinating and frightening read, fascinating for it’s glimpse into the twisted mind of a political party seeking desperately to extricate itself from a disaster of their own making, and frightening to contemplate that 50.5% of the country might just let them get away with it.

Help keep the site running, consider supporting.


  1. They might find this malignant nazi is hard to put out to pasture…like being stuck on a spaceship,(earth), with the alien picking them off one by one. He’s the proverbial suicide bomber willing to blow everything up.

  2. Nichols and his Lincoln Project are just pissing in the wind…and pissing me off. As I see it, they’re failed kingmakers trying to continue justifying both continued employment and reasons for anyone to take them seriously. For all the big game they talked, the REAL Never Trumpers remained the Democrats. And Trump’s stomach is way too full to eat any of the Lincoln Project’s past sins

  3. Here’s a suggestion for the dems-every time the ‘pubes wash some of the stench, re-apply more. I never overestimate the intelligence of dem pols, it doesn’t pay to do so, but the smart money is on smearing trump all over the g.o.p. like so much fecal matter.

    • Reflexive cynicism is how the Republicans wound up UNDERestimating the current crop of the Dems. And it’s hardly as though any of the latter, from Uncle Joe on down, have been shy about firmly shackling Trump to the GOP. So let’s leave our reflexive cynicism aside here if we wish to be smarter than your average Republican.

  4. TOO LATE! RWNJ’s, BS CORP’ 1% Media & GQP created this ego-maniacal MONSTER! The only way, this will disappear, is when Trump is sent to prison! But in some very dysfunctional & miserable followers, he will always be their hero, sadly! The Liberal Majority have always known what Trump is, TG!

      • I hope you are correct. He belongs in jail. I really do hope he gets prosecuted but I’m far too cynical at this point and I don’t see Tantrumthinskin spending even a few hours in jail or prison. Assuming he’s ever prosecuted, and I’m not convinced Garland has the nerve (not to mention every day that passes means his trial is another day further away). If the GOP wins the WH in 2024 you can bet the farm that whomever is AG will ‘decide’ not to prosecute/sentence. But let’s just assume all the forces come together…Trump is indicted and miraculously convicted BEFORE 2024 and after another year or 2 of appeals and delays and foot dragging, Trump is STILL alive…they’ll slap an ankle monitor on him and send him to MaraLago to be ‘guarded’ by the secret service and his life will not change one iota from the life he has today.

    • Points to you for acknowledging the “when” part as opposed to the usual “if”. And those people you’re talking about were always past saving.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

The maximum upload file size: 128 MB. You can upload: image, audio, video, document, spreadsheet, interactive, text, archive, code, other. Links to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other services inserted in the comment text will be automatically embedded. Drop files here