Mitt Romney, the twice-failed Republican candidate for president, has kicked off a weekend convention of fellow-minded “NeverTrump-ers,” hosting a retreat at a secluded Utah spot so they can gather and talk without worry of media coverage and condemnation about how they should proceed politically, if the billionaire businessman wins the White House.
It’s called the “Experts and Enthusiasts Summit,” or “E2” summit, and it’s set at the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley in Park City, the Washington Post reported.
Reportedly, those in attendance will talk about their plans to take down Trump with a third-party candidate. Such talk was going strong in recent weeks, fueled by Weekly Standard neoconservative editor Bill Kristol. But Kristol’s top pick, National Review writer David French, opted against a run, sending the “NeverTrump” crowd back to square one.
The retreat is seen as a hopeful new stand against Trump, with about 300 of the party’s establishment attending, Breitbart said.
“I am not expecting we will sit by the campfire singing ‘We Shall Overcome’ and group-hugging,” said Ana Navarro, a pro-immigration activist, to the Washington Post. “Mitt Romney and other like-minded leaders can have a big influence on the reconstruction of the post-Trump Republican Party. We need to start those conversations now.”