I genuinely respect a lot of you. Honestly. Truly. From my friends to prominent conservative figures that continuously boast their refusal to back the republican nominee, you’re some of the brightest people I know. I respect your right to voice your opinion, to vote as you see fit and that you ultimately owe neither me or the Republican Party an explanation for either. But I also have a right to voice my opinion, and my opinion is that you’re making a grave mistake with consequences that I do not know that this country will recover from in the foreseeable future. And that’s why I’m on my metaphorical hands and knees, pleading that you reconsider.
While I was still a bleeding heart liberal in 2012, going on moronic Facebook rants about how racist and evil republicans were, many of you were giving everything you had to the Romney/Ryan campaign. You’ve been doing this much longer than I have, and you honestly probably know a lot more than I do. Many of you actually inspired me as I found my voice within the conservative movement, and encouraged me to become the person I am today. I recognize your intelligence, your sacrifices and your agency. But you’re wrong this time.
I, like you, am saddened when I think about all of the strong conservative candidates in our primary field that were overlooked for a New York liberal that has an inclination to say things that offend a minimum of half the population every time he speaks. But I, unlike you, am living in the present. Not 2015 or 2020, but the present, and I’m begging you, just for a moment, to do the same.
Trump is not the nominee most of us wanted, but he may be the one we needed. The establishments of both parties have been running this country into the ground, and if there is any hope at regaining control over the Washington Machine, Trump just might be it. A quarter of federal employees have already threatened to quit their jobs if Trump is elected, and as much as we can ponder the authenticity of his newfound conservatism, there is no question that that is a giant step forward for small government.
“But he funded the Establishment.” In an election when one candidate quite literally embodies the Establishment and the other has donated to it, the right choice is the one who can lead without worrying about the people they owe favors to.
Trump isn’t our nominee because the universe was conspiring against Cruz, Rubio or Rand, but because he was chosen by the American people. Facts don’t care about liberals’ feelings, and they don’t care about ours either. That’s what happened. This is the situation we’re in. Instead of burying your heads in the sand or writing fan fiction about a Rubio/Sasse presidency, it would behoove you to join the rest of us in reality.
Throughout the primary, we were all in accordance that our country could not afford Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office. But as everyone’s preferred candidates dropped like flies against the Don, somehow that was no longer the case. At some point, it seems that the Clinton Foundation stopped mattering. Benghazi stopped mattering. Our constitution stopped mattering. And the lives of the unborn stopped mattering. All that mattered was that everyone knew you were morally superior than us lowly swine that had committed the unforgivable sin of deciding to support Trump.
And I know what you’re thinking. “But Trump said this in 2012! And this in 2007! And this in 1998! We can’t trust him! We have no proof that he’d be any better than her.” And I get it. Really, I do. But the fact of the matter is that even if Trump was ideologically aligned on every issue with Hillary, he would still do less damage than the career politician that has probably been planning her reign for at least two decades, with half of Washington jumping when she says jump and dancing when she says dance.
Throwing your vote away on a candidate that you know won’t win to prove a point isn’t principled. It’s selfish. Voting, like gender, is binary. One of two people are going to win. And voting for Egg McMuffin or Gary Johnson so that you can feel good about yourself and virtue signal is an incredibly egotistical action when you know exactly what we risk losing.
He flip flops. He lies. He’s classless. And I don’t think it would be a stretch of the imagination to call him godless. I don’t trust him, and I’m not happy about the situation we’re in. But if Trump delivers on even a fraction of the promises he’s made, he will be an exponentially better leader of our country than someone hellbent on destroying it.
I’m not asking you to do this for you, me, or the Republican Party, but the America that we both love dearly. You know what’s at stake, and you know better. Now I’m begging you to put your pride aside and do better.