Erick Erickson, unlike so many others, is a real conservative who is able to stay in touch with reality.
In 2008, I held my nose and voted for John McCain. â€œIf you donâ€™t vote for him, Barack Obama will win,â€ they said. Barack Obama won anyway.
In 2012, I held my nose and voted for Mitt Romney. â€œIf you donâ€™t vote for him, Barack Obama will win,â€ they said. Barack Obama won anyway.
Now in 2016, they tell me if I donâ€™t vote for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton will win. I suspect she will anyway. But I am done holding my nose for a Republican candidate.
I could do so with Romney and McCain because, at the end of the day, though I disagreed with them on a lot of policy, I did not think either was a profoundly immoral person …
Donald Trump is different. … No one enters Trumpâ€™s orbit without getting stained. Pastors suddenly think God is off his throne and the only way to get him back is to vote for a man who supports gay marriage and men in their daughtersâ€™ bathrooms. Pro-life activists demand we vote for a man who wants to keep open Planned Parenthood. Small government conservatives demand we support a man who wants a powerful Presidency and a strong Washington. Free trade Republicans demand we vote for a protectionist who would punish any business that sets up shop elsewhere. Border security Republicans demand we vote for a man who hired illegal aliens for cheap labor and who, until he ran for President, supported open borders.
Iâ€™m not holding my nose for a Republican candidate for President who is not a Republican. I will not hold my nose and vote for a man who funded the Clinton machine for years and had them at his wedding. I will not vote for a man who funded Democrats against Republicans then funded establishment Republicans against conservatives. I will not hold my nose for a man who mocks the values I hold dear. I will not hold my nose and vote for a man who mocks my God.
And I tell you this truthfully â€” if you vote for Donald Trump, do not ever expect a better candidate. Support for Trump sets a threshold for immoral cretins running for office. If he can get your vote, they can get your vote. You will find no better candidate in the future if Trump is who you support now.
Donald Trump has no virtue. He has no good character. And he has provided no good argument for me to vote for him other than that he is not Clinton. Heâ€™s just a Clinton donor who is as morally flawed and terrible as her.
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