Most of the people I know who are voting for Trump are justifying it by some of these means:
1. He is the lesser of two evils; he claims to be conservative, so he’s the best option we have. Clinton is worse.
2a. The Supreme Court seats must be filled by conservative justices! He has promised to do that.
2b. (Insert whatever pro life argument you want here.)
3. I know he has said some terrible things, but at least he’s honest. He’s a flawed man, a sinner. We all are. Give him a break.
I believe that character matters. I believe that integrity matters. I believe that the words that actually come out of a person’s mouth matter, and that those words, and a person’s actions, are the best way for me to judge their fitness to be my leader.
Clinton is not an option. She is unethical, dishonest, and pro-choice (deal breaker for me). She aligns herself with whatever is popular, aligns with the relative truth of the day, disregards the truth and grace of Christianity or any other religion that could encourage some kind of character modification. She is cunning, conniving, and shrewd in the worst ways. I won’t go into more detail because she is not the point of this. I won’t vote for her and I will not entertain the notion that she is the lesser of two evils.
Trump is not an option. He is unethical, dishonest, and crude. His God is himself, and he worships his god faithfully. To get a picture of who this man is, allow me to quote him on a few occasions:
1. “Ariana Huffington is unattractive, both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man – he made a good decision.”
Because rejoicing in divorce and infidelity is the mark of a good man. Doing it publicly is a sign of a great leader.
2. “I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
I have never in my life heard a father say this about his daughter. If you heard a man say this at a Wal-Mart, would you assume he’s a good guy with a merely foolish tongue? Or would you spirit your children away, suspecting him to be an incestuous pedophile? I’m not saying Trump is a pedophile. But I am saying his words, if spoken by an average man who wasn’t being touted as the conservatives’ last chance, would be words worthy of reproach and condemnation.
3 “You’re disgusting.”
Spoken to a woman who asked for a break in court to pump her breastmilk in private for her baby.
4 “They’re [deeply troubled women] always the best in bed … You don’t want to be with them for the long term. But for the short term, there’s nothing like it.”
I like my Presidents to be fornicators and sleaze bags. It wasn’t too long ago that the GOP was destroying Bill Clinton for behavior much like this. I believe the GOP tried to impeach him. But now that “our guy” is the sleazy one, he’s just flawed. We all are. Ok.
5. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you … they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bring crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Mexicans. Rapists. Got it. I mean, not ALL of them. SOME of them are good. So that’s something.
6. “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
Muslims. Terrorists. Got it.
7. “Maybe [the BLM protester] should have been roughed up. It was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.”
Black people deserve to be beaten up, especially when peacefully protesting. So says America’s history and so says Trump. Other quotes show Trump claiming black people are “thugs,” “lazy,” and “criminals.”
8. “You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. … Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”
I’ll let that quote settle in for a minute. As many times as I’ve heard it since the quote came out, it is still wildly shocking and disgusting.
Do you still believe that Trump is a lesser evil? How? Why? Less evil than what?
And what would it take for you to finally say: enough is enough. He is too evil for me to vote for him. What would he have to do to lose your vote? At this point, I worry that many people who claim to value holiness above all else would vote for him at this point no matter what. So it seems thus far.
Ah, the Supreme Court and all things pro-life. Listen, guys. I’m staunchly pro-life. I do not believe abortion should be legal, ever, no matter what. I believe it is murder 100% of the time. I believe in the sanctity of human life and that life begins at conception. One of the things that motivated us to to adopt was our strong pro-life value: to provide a home for a child whose mother chose life. I have never voted, and will never vote, for a pro-choice candidate. Never. Trust me when I say this is important to me.
Read the quotes above. Trump is a man who delights in the attention he gets from saying evil things. He speaks with no filter, and his true thoughts are horrifying. Horrifying. He is a lover of violence, racist, xenophobe, stirrer of distrust and fear, slanderer, sexist, sexually dangerous, disgusting, mean, and a quick-tongued fool.
What in the dang world makes you think he will appoint conservative justices, when every day he reveals himself to be the enemy of conservative ideals? Pro-life? He is only pro-life insofar as that life is not:
He has supported democratic, pro-choice candidates in the past. Listen to me. THE ONLY REASON HE IS SAYING HE IS PRO-LIFE NOW IS TO GET YOUR VOTE.
He has zero history of conservative action. Zero history of pro-life ideals. Zero history of valuing the sanctity of human life. And zero history of choosing the narrow, diffIcult, morally superior but wildly unpopular path. If the conservative Presidents that came before him couldn’t get Roe v. Wade overturned, do you really think this filthy man will? Do you trust him to do what he says? Do you trust him to do anything well? Do you trust him to be a man worthy of the highest office?
I don’t. I don’t trust him, and I refuse to vote for him. Voting means “I choose this person above all others to be my President.” There is no fine print on your ballot. No additional check box to choose “I voted for him because I had to,” or “I only voted for him because he promised something that I am desperately hoping he will actually do but I have no actual collateral with which to prove or believe he will do it.” There are no footnotes on your votes, people. Your vote means you choose him.
I am choosing a candidate who does believe in absolute truth, who values conservative ideals, who – for all we can tell – lives a life of integrity. Is he flawed? Yes. We all are. But Evan McMullin does not flaunt his flaws or revel in them proudly, as something to be celebrated. He does not openly compare his penis size to those around him. He does not openly degrade women by calling them fat, ugly, or implying that they exist only for his sexual or viewing pleasure. McMulljn is flawed, but he is sufficiently ashamed of his flaws enough to try to be a better man, at least in public. He is pro-life and gives no indication of being racist, sexist, or a liar.
Now, I realize there is not much chance of McMullin winning. So some will say it is a wasted vote. No, no. A wasted vote is a vote for a man who is so vile and reprehensible that his actions and words are regularly compared to those of Hitler. A wasted vote is a vote for someone that you consider to be evil, but less evil than another. As though “less evil” somehow meant “good.”
If more people stood against Trump by voting for other candidates, it would force the GOP, the House of Representatives, and the country at large to finally say THIS IS THE LINE. THIS IS OUR LINE. AND WE WILL NOT CROSS IT.
Have a backbone, voters. Stop voting out of fear and start voting out of conscience. If everyone who was going to vote for Trump out of reluctant strategy actually voted for McMullin, we could actually have a decent GOP President take office next year. But you won’t. Because…?