- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 5, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Although there are still some active voices in the #NeverTrump crowd, there are signs the Republican Party will coalesce around Donald Trump, if nothing more than to combat Hillary Clinton in the fall.

Moderate Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said he plans to vote for Mr. Trump after Ohio Gov. John Kasich dropped out of the race on Wednesday. He told the Reno Gazette-Journal that although he doesn’t agree with Mr. Trump on all the issues, voting for Mrs. Clinton, the former secretary of state, is “simply not an option.”

North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr tweeted on Wednesday: “I look forward to working with Mr. Trump on the top of the ticket and to maintaining a GOP Senate.”

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and campaigned to help him win the Badger State, told reporters in Milwaukee that Mr. Trump would “clearly” be a better choice than Mrs. Clinton, citing Mr. Trump’s pledge to appoint a conservative Supreme Court justice, reduce taxes and regulations and downsize the federal government.

Former presidential contender and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who tore into Mr. Trump on the campaign trail, said he’d vote for Mr. Trump, as did New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte and former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer.

“There’s a lot about Donald Trump that I don’t like, but I’ll vote for Trump over Hillary any day,” Mr. Fleischer tweeted.

Evangelical leader and activist David Lane rebuked Eric Erickson — one of the most vocal #NeverTrump advocates — in an email on Thursday.

“I’m going to choose to believe that Donald Trump can be one of the top 4 presidents in American history. But the proof is in the eating of the pudding, and Mr. Trump is going to have to return to the Ronald Reagan Model: running and governing on principle and moral absolutes,” he wrote.

Although he’s not sure what Mr. Trump will do as president, “with Hillary we do know, the progressives that she will stack on the Supreme Court alone will set-back America for a century,” Mr. Lane wrote. “The choice facing America is not the lesser of two evils, but who will inflict the least damage to freedom and liberty. Between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, this is an easy choice.”

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