In 2012, The Republican Party platform was updated and refreshed. It reaffirmed the Party’s commitment upholding conservative principles, low taxes, small government, strong values, and unwavering defense of Constitutional freedoms. Fast forward to 2016. The Party sent out a platform survey, the first question of which begged; ‘Should the party only support candidates who adhere to our conservative Principles?’
For example, Donald Trump has taken many positions on many issues throughout the years that fly in the face of conservative values; he has taken liberal positions on abortion, gun ownership, and immigration. He also presents as a man who holds anything, but conservative personal values; his marriages, affairs, and colorful business career depict a man who has lived entirely by his own rules, and perhaps not always adhered to the Golden Rule, and make it impossible to package him as a traditional conservative.