Thomas More, a lawyer, refused to capitulate when King Henry VIII divorced England from the Catholic Church because the Church would not allow the king to divorce one of his wives. More stood up to the king, and promptly lost his head. His willingness to die for Christ is why the Church made him a saint.
Some may consider it sacrilege to drag a martyred saint into a political debate like this, but Rachel Lu of the National Review had no problem doing so:
Interesting parallels can be drawn between More’s situation and that of conservatives contemplating the impending nomination of Donald Trump. As in More’s time, a decadent and egomaniacal politician presses us to choose between valued principles and longstanding party allegiances. It’s a difficult decision, especially given the likelihood that a party rupture will deliver the presidency to Hillary Clinton. Some of Trump’s detractors have been fairly bruising in their judgment of (even reluctant) Trump supporters, but the invective in the other direction has also been badly overwrought, as #NeverTrump conservatives are accused of being sanctimonious, naïve, self-righteous, or simply foolish. Comparing one’s own position to that of a saint is always perilous, but it’s still worth noting that More’s contemporaries (including some valued friends) seem to have made similar judgments about him.Well, except for the part where Trump is not the king, Trump is not trying to change anyone's religion, and Trump is not threatening to execute anyone who does not go along with him, it is the exact same thing.
As far as "NeverTrump conservatives are accused of being sanctimonious, naïve, self-righteous, or simply foolish," these are not accusations. Never Trumpers are acting sanctimonious, et cetera. Bill Kristol pretending to be the reincarnation of Thomas More is laughable.
Also, who said Trump isn't a conservative? When did globalization, illegal immigration, and not putting America First in trade negotiations become conservative values? From Lincoln to Reagan, Republican presidents have supported protective tariffs. For readers who do not believe me, please read, "Reality: Reagan was less free trade than Trump."
To the Never Trumpers, I say: You don't want to vote for Trump? Fine, don't. I am tired of hearing about it.
Trump ain't the devil and you ain't a saint.