“The people who find reasons to be uncomfortable with the president but like the general thrust of his policies are scared as hell that Venezuela is trying to get into the White House,” said Matt Schlapp, a veteran Republican operative and loyal Trump ally who runs the Conservative Political Action Conference. “Look at his foils; they’re all worse.”
That’s the conclusion that previously virulent Trump antagonist Erick Erickson came to. Erickson is a conservative activist and radio talk show host who during the 2016 campaign very publicly disinvited then-candidate Trump to a conference he was hosting.
Liz Mair, a GOP operative who still identifies as “Never Trump” and this week endorsed Republican Bill Weld’s long-shot primary bid to block the president’s re-nomination, conceded there are scenarios under which she would vote for him.
“If they nominate [Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.] and Virginia is right on the line — if Virginia polling was Warren-Trump, 49 percent to 49 percent, I would vote for Donald Trump. I would do that,” said Mair, who is a Virginia resident. “If it were [Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.], I definitely would do that.”