Austin Petersen, now running to be a U.S. Senator for the Republican Party in the state of Missouri, is attempting to reinvent himself after a failed run for the Presidency as a Libertarian Party contender last year. A recent tweet from Petersen took aim at “Never Trump” Republicans waging war against the leader of their own party.
“The #NeverTrump movement is composed generally of neocons deposed from power and aided by liberals who appreciate their efforts,” Petersen said in a tweet published Sunday.
However, Petersen’s criticism of the ‘Never Trump’ movement is incredibly disingenuous considering Petersen was once part of that movement as recently as last year. Old tweets published by Petersen that were preserved by screenshots show the amount of enmity he recently had for the President.
“Trump supporters full of conspiracy theories, ignore the most obvious one. He ran to help her get elected,” Petersen wrote in a tweet from Oct. 14, 2016. His theory was proven laughably false by the following month’s election result.
In another post, Petersen echoed liberal criticisms of Trump’s immigration policies with the same type of condescension toward the so-called deplorables who pushed Trump over the finish line to victory against Hillary Clinton last year.
“Trump’s hordes lead us on the road to serfdom because of their hatred and fear of “the other.” Their ignorance delivers us to tyranny,” Petersen wrote in a tweet also published on Oct. 14, 2016.
In other posts, Petersen referred to Trump supporters as “Trumpkins” and claimed that “Hillary Clinton’s private speeches reveal her to be less of a socialist than Donald Trump.” Since dumping the Libertarian Party for the Republican Party, Petersen has done a complete 180 and postures as a regular Trump supporting partisan.
“The Trotskyites in the GOP of course despise Trump. It makes sense why #NeverTrump conservatives preferred Hillary,” Peterson said in a tweet published yesterday, hoping for onlookers to have very short memories.
Petersen will have to hope that GOP primary voters of Missouri, who he would have called Trumpkins or a similar epithet just last year, are willing to overlook this candidate’s duplicitous history.