Columnist: Democrats ‘overestimating the influence’ of Never-Trump Republicans in Biden’s favor

A number of current and former GOP officials continue to speak out against President Donald Trump ahead of November’s election.

Despite the prominence of some figures within the so-called Never-Trump movement, however, at least one conservative columnist is warning Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden against counting on their votes to help him defeat Trump on Election Day.

High-profile defections

As Kaylee McGhee argued for the Washington Examiner, the efforts of an anti-Trump faction within the Republican Party are unlikely to sway the outcome in Biden’s favor.

The Democratic Party provided a platform to multiple Republicans — including former Ohio Gov. John Kasich — during their national convention last week.

Despite the high-profile cross-party Biden endorsements that came along with those appearances, McGhee does not believe their voices will be enough to convince a significant number of Republican voters to abandon Trump.

Along with Kasich, former U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) spoke out in support of Biden this week. They represent a faction of establishment Republicans dating back to a break within the party ahead of the 2016 election.

Those defections might be pronounced, but they do not run deep among members of the GOP, McGhee wrote.

“Afraid of the sharp left turn”

A Trump critic herself, McGhee added that “there are simply not as many of us as we’d like to think,” downplaying the perceived impact of appeals by Kasich and others.

Whatever concerns some Republicans might still have regarding the Trump administration or the president personally, Biden and the Democrats represent an option too far to the left for the vast majority, McGhee reasoned.

“The Democratic Party is relying on Never-Trump figures such as Flake and Kasich to draw disillusioned Republican voters toward Biden and away from Trump,” she wrote. “But Democrats are overestimating the influence such figures have in Republican circles and underestimating how much Republican voters, even those who dislike Trump’s character, are much more afraid of the sharp left turn that the Democratic Party has taken.”

That argument is bolstered by polls that show Trump enjoys consistently high approval from members of his own party.

While Kasich made his case at last week’s convention that Biden is a “reasonable, faithful, respectful” man, it remains to be seen whether his endorsement will find an audience outside of the Democratic Party.

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