She was a NeverTrump conservative because she expected him to be a Progressive, but she’s “thrilled” she was wrong.
It may be unfair to call Molly Hemmingway, the editor of The Federalist, a NeverTrump conservative. NeverTrumpers at the National Review are notorious for never admitting they were wrong. But Hemmingway didn’t vote for Trump because she didn’t expect him to preside as a Conservative.
A year after his inauguration, she has reversed her position. The evidence changed her mind.
She writes in the Washington Post, “I wasn’t a Trump supporter. I am now.”
This may seem like an odd moment for saying so, but a year into the presidency of Donald Trump, I’m elated.
Trump was not my first or even second choice for president, but a full two years ago I predicted he would win. I also predicted he’d be a progressive president, which explained why I was not among his supporters and why I am so pleased now.
Expecting Progressive Trump was a reasonable assumption. Trump supported the 2009 stimulus, the auto bailouts and the bank bailouts. He’d recently left the Democratic Party and had raised a ton of money for the Clintons, Nancy Pelosi and Charles E. Schumer. He’d supported single-payer health coverage, tax increases and even Planned Parenthood.
It took a while for Capitol Hill to get used to working with Trump, but by the end of the year, lawmakers had passed the largest corporate tax reform in U.S. history and secured tax cuts for the vast majority of Americans.
Businesses are responding to the deregulation and historic corporate tax reform by loosening purse strings and investing in plants, equipment and factories.
Here she is defending Trump three months ago.
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