Some notable Republican pundits are recommending that voters back Democrats in the upcoming midterms. But that goes both ways: one former Obama supporter changed her stripes and now backs Donald Trump.
Three or four years ago, the typical Republican would likely have scoffed at the notion that pundits like Bill Kristol and George Will would be asking voters to put Democrats into office to stop a Republican president. But here's what George Will said recently on MSNBC:
"If you now vote for Republican candidates, you're voting to affirm this man [Trump] and his leadership of the party. And I believe it's important for the future, such as it might be, of the Republican Party that they pay a terrible price for what they're doing."
The syndicated columnist isn't alone. Several Republicans are acting as shills for more liberal news outlets and calling for an end – or at least an "ethic cleansing" – of the Republican Party in the age of Trump. Radio talk-show host Jeff Crank, who admits Trump was his 17th pick from the 17 Republicans in the primaries, says these pundits have sold their souls.
"[President Trump] has been a great, pleasant surprise and [has] advanced a very conservative agenda," he tells OneNewsNow, "so frankly the record speaks for itself – and these pundits are nothing more than sellouts. They're doing it for a few pieces of silver.
Crank suggests that many of them painted themselves in a corner in 2016 and have no other way out. "These are folks who probably got out on a limb and said that Trump was not going to be conservative and those sorts of things," he explains, "and so they lost some credibility there. So the only place they have credibility is at a CNN or an MSNBC."
The question he wants to ask of the George Wills and Bill Kristols: What is it about Trump that has you so upset? The economy? His foreign policy? His judicial picks? His tax cuts?
Time for a change ...
For one Millennial, those types of things have made her a fan of Trump – but before that, says Antonia Okafor, it was her Christian faith that convinced her to abandon the Democratic Party and vote for Donald Trump in 2016.
During a recent speech in Montana, President Trump called out the Democratic Party for its continued support of extreme positions and warned it was going to lose its base. Okafor is proof of that: she voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, but in 2016 she became a Republican and voted for Trump.
During a recent appearance on Fox & Friends, she said part of her decision had to do with economics.
"During the Obama administration, I realized that Millennials were projected to be the first generation to do worse than their parents before them," she shared. "And then just also looking at African Americans particularly – I mean, look at 2010: unemployment was at 18.4 percent for black males and 13.8 percent for black females. I knew Trump could fix that – and you know what? Here it's 2018 and he has."
But Okafor says there's another very important reason for her party switch: a relationship with Jesus Christ.
"Eight years ago I became a born-again Christian, and God put two very seemingly different issues on my heart," she explains. "But really it came down to the core issue of the sanctity of life [and] who respects that – and those two things were (1) my right to life and then (2) my right to defend that life. Trump has been a protector of life, and that's why I voted for him."
The 28-year-old card-carrying NRA member is campaigning to serve on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association.