The Meaning of Never Trump

A columnist’s headline in yesterday’s Washington Post has it right:

“I’m no fan of Bernie Sanders. But #NeverTrump means never Trump.”  

Bernie Sanders would be a better president than Trump by an astronomically wide margin, but if he were not even infinitesimally better, he would be better than Trump, because he would be a duly elected president, replacing one with whom voters were dissatisfied, Trump’s attempt to become an unrestrained authoritarian ruler would be thwarted, and all the dishonorable people, including all but one Republican senator and most of Trump’s cabinet members, would have been delivered a stinging rebuke.