Julius Krein, founder and editor of the conservative journal American Affairs and pro-Trump blog Journal of American Greatness, has penned an op-ed in The New York Times entitled “I Voted for Trump. And I Sorely Regret It” unequivocally disavowing his once steadfast support for the President.
Krein’s support for Trump began in the same way that most people’s did.
“When Donald Trump first announced his presidential campaign, I, like most people, thought it would be a short-lived publicity stunt. A month later, though, I happened to catch one of his political rallies on C-Span. I was riveted.”
While Krein describes his vocal advocacy for the President, he quickly qualifies his support.
“It is now clear that my optimism was unfounded. I can’t stand by this disgraceful administration any longer, and I would urge anyone who once supported him as I did to stop defending the 45th president.
Far from making America great again, Mr. Trump has betrayed the foundations of our common citizenship. And his actions are jeopardizing any prospect of enacting an agenda that might restore the promise of American life.”
Predictably enough, Krein invokes Trump’s abhorrent response to the tragic events in Charlottesville last weekend, in which 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed when a neo-Nazi plowed his car into a group of counterprotestors. Instead of condemning the white supremacists, he pinned the blame on “both sides,” effective equating the neo-Nazis with the activists who showed up to disavow their hateful rhetoric.
“From the very start of his run, one of the most serious charges against Mr. Trump was that he panders to racists. Many of his supporters, myself included, managed to convince ourselves that his more outrageous comments — such as the Judge Gonzalo Curiel controversy or his initial hesitance to disavow David Duke’s endorsement — were merely Bidenesque gaffes committed during the heat of a campaign.
It is now clear that we were deluding ourselves. Either Mr. Trump is genuinely sympathetic to the David Duke types, or he is so obtuse as to be utterly incapable of learning from his worst mistakes. Either way, he continues to prove his harshest critics right.
Mr. Trump once boasted that he could shoot someone in the street and not lose voters. Well, someone was just killed in the street by a white supremacist in Charlottesville. His refusal this weekend to specifically and immediately denounce the groups responsible for this intolerable violence was both morally disgusting and monumentally stupid. In this, Mr. Trump failed perhaps the easiest imaginable test of presidential leadership. Rather than advance a vision of national unity that he claims to represent, his indefensible equivocation can only inflame the most vicious forces of division within our country.”
Krein laments Trump supporters’ continued patience for a President who has no significant legislative accomplishments to date— “and no apparent plan to deliver any.” Instead, he claims, “the administration has committed too many unforced errors and deserves most of the blame for its failures. Far from making the transformative ‘deals’ he promised voters, his only talent appears to be creating grotesque media frenzies — just as all his critics said.”
Trump may have boasted that he could “not lose voters,” but it seems that he has just lost perhaps one of his most vocal, articulate, and devoted.
Read the entire New York Times article here.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.