Donald Trump might be leading in the Super Tuesday results, but his path of progress is being opposed by establishment-friendly Republicans and conservative pundits. They have started the ‘Never Trump’ campaign to prevent the Republican front runner from clinching a nomination. The group is using the hashtag #NeverTrump on social media, despite the billionaire real estate mogul’s victories in seven states in Super Tuesday.
One of the critics of Trump has been Tim Miller, a former spokesman for Jeb Bush, who joined Our Principles PAC, a group that has been denouncing Trump’s advancement towards achieving the nomination. “Donald’s campaign will go the way of Trump Mortgage & Trump Steaks. Will fight til last delegate counted #Nevertrump,” Miller tweeted as the results of Super Tuesday were coming in.
Before serving as spokesman for Bush, Miller led the Republican opposition research shop America Rising. In an email to Politico, Miller said, “Donald’s general election campaign will fail worse than Trump Mortgage and Trump Steaks did and Hillary Clinton will destroy him even if she’s campaigning from jail. Our Principles PAC will fight until the last delegate is counted to stop that from happening, I’m happy to be a part of it.”
Erick Erickson, a conservative pundit, was also advertising the hashtag #NeverTrump.
Meanwhile, Republicans turned out in massive numbers on Super Tuesday. Record numbers for participation were set in every state, except Vermont, that held Republican voting. According to CNN, as many as 2.7 million people in Texas came to cast their vote in the Republican contest. This was a significant jump of 1.2 million more than the previous record four years ago. In Virginia, 1,013,000 voters showed up, almost 350,000 more than the previous record set in 2008. In Georgia, 1,273,000 people showed up to vote, 300,000 more than the previous record of 2008. On the Democratic side, states holding the contests did not see any record setting participating. Preliminary totals suggest that there were larger turnouts in 1980s and 1990s.
As reported by TIME, there were others who said that while voting for Trump may not be a good idea, it would be a better vote than Democratic front runner and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. Ben Carson, who spoke with the Independent Journal Review and said, “I think the movement to stop Donald Trump is probably not a good idea, and the reason I say that is because even though he may not be the ideal candidate, if we splinter, we will guarantee a win for Hillary Clinton, and a win for Hillary Clinton will be a major loss for America.”