Last year, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz warned that if voters wanted to elect more Republicans who would cut deals with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, “then I guess Donald Trump is your guy.”
This week, that’s what Trump did—and Never Trump conservatives say it’s just what they feared.
“This is exactly what Cruz and many of his supporters warned about,” said Amanda Carpenter, a former top aide to Cruz. “This would be a delicious schadenfreude sandwich if any conservatives had the appetite to eat it. It’s mostly sad.”
Trump’s deal-making this week with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on the most important issue to his base—immigration—has outraged some of his strongest supporters, including some at the hardline outlet Breitbart, home to his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon. Conservative commentators such as Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham are tweeting about Trump irately, and some activists are taking to Twitter to show off images of the campaign’s Make America Great Again hats on fire.
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