I'm Being Shunned by Conservatives for Backing Trump

Donald Trump signs autographs at a rally in Spokane, Washington, on May 7. The author says his colleagues at the Hoover Institution have shunned him, stopped talking to him, looked at him with knives in their eyes and lectured him that Trump will bring down the Republican Party. Jake Parrish/reuters

This article first appeared on the Thoughtful Ideas site.

From the trenches, here are some observations on what it's like being an avowed Donald Trump supporter in a university setting—more particularly, in the "conservative" Hoover Institution.

Your friendly writer is the sole avowed Trump supporter at Stanford's Hoover Institution. Most of the Republican fellows (about 55 to 60 percent of Hoover fellows) were supporters of Bush, Rubio and/or Cruz. Many of them, some repeatedly, have blogged, tweeted, posted, written op-eds and spoken out against Trump often in harsh tones, calling Trump supporters a variety of derogatory names.

About a dozen of the most prominent are members of National Review's "Attack Trump" Gang of 22, the #NeverTrump crowd, signatories of an open letter written by the foreign policy Praetorian Guard and individuals who dislike Trump for one reason or another.

I stated my support for Trump on March 5, the day after Dr. Ben Carson withdrew from the race. (My support for Carson rested on his proposing the Hall-Rabushka flat tax.) Since then, several of my colleagues have shunned me, stopped talking to me, looked at me with knives in their eyes and lectured me that Trump would bring down the Republican Party. Or, if Trump was elected, that he would damage the economy and weaken our global alliances.

None—not a single one—was willing to give Trump the benefit of the doubt in either domestic or international affairs, despite his remarkable success in building iconic hotels and resorts all around the world.

Be that as it may, it's nice to be on the winning side.

I previously stated my reasons for supporting Trump. The most important is that it's time for fresh faces with new ideas to disrupt and replace the same-old, same-old crowd of domestic and foreign policy advisers who have brought us failed, costly foreign wars and a distressed economy.

Alvin Rabushka is the David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.