Of the many concerns NeverTrumpers had about Donald Trump, one was that he would destroy the conservative movement by becoming the face of it.
Mission well on its way to being accomplished.
President Trump is not a conservative. He has never been a conservative. It is unlikely he has an adult understanding of what conservatism actually is. But he pretended to be a conservative to win the Republican nomination and successfully earned the support of a plurality of self-described conservative voters in many primary states.
The average person could not begin to make the distinction between being a Republican and being a conservative. For all intents and purposes, Trump is now the face of both to most of the country. On policy matters, that means many have come to associate populism with conservatism.
After the events of the last week, too many people will now, unfortunately, begin to associate white nationalism with conservatism.