President-elect Trump shocked the political world by meeting with Mitt Romney and apparently considering him for secretary of state. If he nominates the former Massachusetts governor, would he also demoralize his supporters?

Early Thanksgiving morning, former Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway tweeted an article about Trump loyalists who were opposed to a Romney nomination, saying she was “receiving deluge of social media and private comms” regarding the unsuccessful 2012 Republican presidential nominee.

Conway opined in a subsequent tweet that Henry Kissinger and George Schultz, respectively secretaries of state for Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, “flew around the world less, counseled POTUS close to home more. And were loyal. Good checklist.”

Were those digs against Romney or merely a reflection of anti-Romney sentiment she had been hearing from the grassroots? Conway did retweet conservative commentator Erick Erickson’s endorsement of Romney for secretary of state, saying it showed Republican “diversity” in contrast with the Democrats’ “identity crisis.”

Trump supporters have unfurled a #NeverRomney hashtag on Twitter. Romney was of course one of the highest-profile Never Trump supporters in the Republican Party and repeatedly disparaged the 2016 nominee’s character, ideology and business acumen. He also disagrees with Trump on trade and big foreign policy questions.

Other pro-Trump corners of the web are up in arms over a hypothetical Romney nomination, with early supporters pointing out that most people who like the idea were anti-Trump.

“This says more about Team Trump than it does about Governor Romney, who has demonstrated true grace and patriotism by even considering this,” Evan McMullin shot back in response to Conway. McMullin ran for president as an independent anti-Trump conservative.

“It would be a real insult to all those Donald Trump voters who worked really hard. That’s what I think he has to stop and consider,” Mike Huckabee told Fox News Wednesday. Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and relatively early Trump backer, sounded a similar theme.

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“You have to list out all the things he said and think, ‘Is this guy really gonna be loyal?’ But also, you know, Gov. Romney wanted to be president, not secretary of state, and you have to ask the question: When he goes overseas, is he gonna be the secretary of state for President Trump or is he gonna be Mitt Romney’s own secretary state?” asked Gingrich.

Breitbart highlighted Huckabee’s argument in of the three recent headlines that could be read as critical of Trump. (One described reports that Trump wouldn’t seek new charges against Hillary Clinton as a “broken promise,” another called education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos, who never endorsed Trump for president, “pro-Common Core.”)

The news site was not only staunchly pro-Trump throughout the campaign. It was run by Stephen Bannon, now joining the White House staff as a top Trump strategist.

Will there be a real backlash against Trump if he picks Romney for secretary of state or some other important position? Conservatives worried if Ronald Reagan picked former President Gerald Ford as his running mate in 1980, Ford would pressure him to have Kissinger running the State Department again.

Reagan instead picked George H.W. Bush and brought some Bush Republicans like James Baker into the administration. Baker served as White House chief of staff and later secretary of the treasury.

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Throughout the 40th president’s eight years in office, Reaganites demanded aides “let Reagan be Reagan.” When he didn’t live up to their expectations, they blamed Baker and more moderate advisers like Michael Deaver. Reagan couldn’t staff the federal government with entirely with conservative Republicans because not enough of them had the relevant experience; he had to appoint some pre-Reagan centrists.

Trump has a similar dilemma. His loyalists and populist-nationalist fellow travelers don’t necessarily have enough skilled people to fill all the positions that will be coming open. Some people from other wings of the Republican Party will have to be tapped.

Will his hardcore supporters understand, blaming Conway and incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus for not letting Trump be Trump, similar to Baker and Deaver? Or are his supporters, some of whom are either new to the political process or had dropped out of it in disgust in the years prior to 2016, so invested in the idea of Trump repudiating the establishment that this will seriously alienate them?

It’s another test ahead for the president-elect.

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