When you proclaim your allegiance to a set of principles, you are expected to follow them. When you carry a banner for an organization, you are expected to support its goals and those of its members.
When this is out of alignment, there is a reckoning coming. No matter how much you put it off, there is going to be a moment when either the group changes to fit the leadership, or the group tosses out the leadership. We have seen this in numerous settings, most recently the conservative movement and the Catholic Church. A similar disconnect between the leaders and the bulk of the organization.
Conservatives are now shocked to discover that many of their leaders are more devoted to corporations and whoever is paying their salary than their supposed principles. Corporations are vital to the economy , but they can be agents of leftism under the direction of social justice CEOs. If we could get businesses to stick to making money and focus any moral interests on either not killing their workforce or traditional charities, we would be in a much better situation. However, many supposed leaders of the conservative movement condemn any right wing pressure on a corporation or any efforts to cut off the flow of Mexican helots to serve as cheap disposable labor.
Similarly, most people thought the Catholic Church was in the business of saving souls and giving out charity, not focusing on climate change or trying to protect Muslim migrants from Catholic countries wanting to enforce border controls. However, Cardinal Cupcake of Chicago has made it clear that dealing with mortal sin in the clergy is not on the leadership’s priority – this despite him being in charge of the committee on the protection of children.
The reckoning is coming, whether we want it or not.