Apparently, I’m human scum. Though that is normally a characterization that would cause me grave concern, in this case I wear it as a badge of honor.
The other day, President Trump tweeted: “The Never Trumper Republicans, though on respirators with not many left, are in certain ways worse and more dangerous for our Country than the Do Nothing Democrats. Watch out for them, they are human scum!”
That’s me. I’m a proud “Never Trumper Republican.” I’ve been a conservative Republican most of my adult life. I joined the Federalist Society in 1983, more than 35 years ago, and remain a member to this day. I have worked at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, and today I work at a center-right think tank, the R Street Institute. I served as the first deputy assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security as a political appointee in the George W. Bush administration where, I assure you, many activists did not view me as a raving liberal. And, perhaps most notably for our purposes today, I served as a senior counsel to the Whitewater/Lewinsky investigation of President Bill Clinton that led to his impeachment in 1998.
Nevertheless, I have opposed Trump’s political ambitions almost from the beginning: I warned against his election in early 2016, I de-registered from the Republican Party in May 2016 when his nomination was guaranteed, and I declined a couple of opportunities to be considered for positions in his administration. In November 2018, I helped found a group called Check and Balances that has called for our fellow conservative lawyers to defend the rule of law against presidential assault; I’ve signed a letter with over 1,000 other former prosecutors arguing that Trump has committed criminal obstruction of justice; and I’ve publicly called for his impeachment and removal. Though I am sure that Trump does not know me from Adam, I am confident that when he speaks of Never Trumper Republicans who are human scum, he means me.