During the 2016 Republican Primary, conservatives like Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), then-South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, and many others roundly decried then-candidate Donald Trump's run for the Presidency.
They said he was a bigot who wouldn't denounce the Ku Klux Klan and that his behavior and rhetoric were abhorrent.
Since then, the vast majority of them have gone on to be fervent supporters of now-President Donald Trump.
Another one of Trump's former detractors spoke at the second night of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday: Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nunez.
Truly a privilege to live in a country where the daughter of immigrants can address the American people about the values we hold dear— faith, family and freedom. pic.twitter.com/c4bjgbCqQP
— Jeanette M. Nunez (@LtGovNunez) August 26, 2020
Nunez said in her speech:
"In 2016, our country yearned for a leader who would work tirelessly to jumpstart our economy and fight for hardworking Americans. Since day one, President Donald Trump has put America first."
Nunez emphasized that the United States "yearned for a leader" in 2016, but a resurfaced tweet about Donald Trump that same year showed Nunez was certain that leader wasn't Donald Trump.
Nunez called Trump "the biggest con-man there is," and endorsed Senator Marco Rubio, one of Trump's opponents at the time.
People called out the hypocrisy.
One of tonight's RNC speakers.
They're all acting. https://t.co/X2T5liM1hS
— Karen Piper (@PiperK) August 26, 2020
Thank you always @DevinCow the number of Republicans who speak out both sides of their mouth is staggering! It's in writing. It's in recordings. It's unfathomable! #RepublicanBrownNoser #RepublicansAreBrownNosers https://t.co/iS83Q5JWIU
— Eliza (@Eliza16718252) August 26, 2020
There's ALWAYS a trump related tweet... https://t.co/SfYTQYLAvw
— Heck its EZ (@heckizy) August 26, 2020
Er, @LtGovNunez , do you remember this one from 2016? https://t.co/G3qGwXGAL4
— Martin Barrett (@mrgb63) August 26, 2020
@LtGovNunez : girl, you've been had...or are you in on the take? Hmmm https://t.co/ENbhflmYnj
— Kelley Rose (@roserabbit1) August 26, 2020
The speech was widely panned by Trump's critics.
You mean like the family values from Jerry Falwell Jr., his wife, and the pool boy? Those family right evangelical values?????
— Lisa Lipscomb (@ACATBERT) August 26, 2020
You will be so excited in the fall when a daughter of immigrants is elected Vice President of the United States!
— Steve Sherwood (@steve_sherwood) August 26, 2020
What's the going rate to sell out to Trump?
— Scott L (@The1wiggin) August 26, 2020
The third night of the Republican Convention continues on Wednesday at 8:30 pm.