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Primary Concerns Episode 3: Dr. Strangetrump

Can conservatives learn to stop worrying and love Donald Trump?

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From New Hampshire, to South Carolina, to Nevada, Donald Trump just keeps on winning. For Republican Trump skeptics, there’s no sense any longer in play-acting as if Marco Rubio could pull ahead, or as if Donald Trump isn’t the prohibitive favorite of the electorate.

Now, conservatives are approaching a moment of choice. Are they willing to rally behind their party’s most likely presidential nominee in the general election, or will they protest his candidacy?

On this episode of Primary Concerns, host Brian Beutler talks to two conservative writers with very different feelings about Trump. A.J. Delgado is a conservative commentator, columnist, and lawyer who is all aboard the Trump train. Michael Brendan Dougherty, a senior correspondent at The Week, remains skeptical of Trump’s qualifications. Take a listen.

Further reading:

  • What it’s like to be pro-Trumpism, but anti-Trump, by Michael Brendan Dougherty in The Week
  • 20 reasons why Donald Trump would be a great nominee, by A.J. Delgado on Breitbart
  • Why there’s nothing the GOP can really do at this point to stop Trump, by Brian Beutler in the New Republic