Everyone thought so. No one believed that Trump was going to win Wisconsin. Not the pundits. Not the pollsters. Not Hillary Clinton. Not Paul Ryan. Not even Donald Trump and his own campaign. Trump’s victory there was the most shocking result on election night and the moment I knew he had won the election:
“MILWAUKEE — After nearly 25 years, I’m stepping down from my daily conservative talk radio show at the end of this month. I’m not leaving because of the rise of Donald J. Trump (my reasons are personal), but I have to admit that the campaign has made my decision easier. The conservative media is broken and the conservative movement deeply compromised.
In April, after Mr. Trump decisively lost the Wisconsin Republican primary, I had hoped that we here in the Midwest would turn out to be a firewall of rationality. Our political culture was distinctly inhospitable to Mr. Trump’s divisive, pugilistic style; the conservatives who had been successful here had tended to be serious, reform-oriented and able to express their ideas in more than 140 characters. But in November, Wisconsin lined up with the rest of the Rust Belt to give the presidency to Mr. Trump.
How on earth did that happen? …”
Who would have ever thought it would be Wisconsin? He almost won Minnesota!
What is Charlie carping about now though? The #NeverTrumpers were dead wrong about Donald Trump. So far, he has appointed a bunch of conservatives to the Cabinet and federal agencies – Betsy DeVos, Andy Puzder, Rick Perry, Tom Price, Scott Pruitt. That’s Energy, Labor, Education, Health and Human Services and the EPA right there. For all the whining about Rex Tillerson, he is the second coming of Dick Cheney.
If you were a #NeverTrumper, why aren’t you pleasantly surprised by Trump’s Cabinet picks? He’s advancing your policy agenda. I guess for Charlie and the #NeverTrumper diehards it was all about the virtue-signaling.
Note: I remember almost falling out of my chair when CNN called Wisconsin for Trump. I remember yelling across the house to my wife, “you’re never going to believe this. Trump has won Wisconsin. He’s going to be the next president.”