Evan McMullin is Definitely the Heart and Soul of the Never Trump Movement

Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin and his running mate Mindy Finn watch results come in during a election night watch party, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Salt Lake City. Donald Trump’s brashness and antics have created widespread backlash among Utah’s mostly Mormon electorate, pushing a normally solid Republican state into the tossup category. Trump may still win Utah, where Republicans outnumber Democrats 4-to-1 among 1.4 million active voters, but polls show independent candidate McMullin is threatening to siphon conservative support. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)


A little earlier today, alleged former presidential candidate Evam McMullin sent out this tweet:

Sure, he says, a law enforcement agency teamed up with a Democrat candidate’s opposition research team to unleash surveillance on an opposing candidate. But so what? The candidate was Trump so its justified.

McMullin may be a bit more hawkish on this than most Never-Trumpers because he, at least, seems to recognize the impropriety of what happened. Most Never Trumpers really don’t care that a bullsh** document was used to permit our national security apparatus to spy on American citizens. Because Trump. They really don’t care that evidence was misrepresented to a court. Because Trump.They are fine with the FISA Court being used to place surveillance on members of a political campaign and transition team. Because Trump.

There was a time, about a year ago, when conservatives didn’t like the idea of warrantless surveillance, that secret courts bothered them, that lying to judges was frowned upon. A time when we were actually skeptical of big, secretive government. Those days are past. Because Trump.

This, I suppose, is a break point between me and people who call themselves conservatives but who are mostly Never Trump. If you can’t even agree that political espionage under false pretense is a bad thing, we aren’t in the same party or political movement. We don’t even share a common understanding of what this nation is about.