We get it. You want us to support Donald Trump to be President of the United States.
There are many Republicans (more every day) who have decided that since Trump is now the presumptive nominee, he would be a better choice (well, a less bad choice) to occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue than would Hillary Clinton. This is not a completely unreasonable position to take, and we do not begrudge you the reasoned (if desperate) decision to try to deny the alleged felon and known devious Democrat (and enabler of sexual abuse of other women). She is a terrible candidate, and an even worse person. We too would have hoped that the Clintons would never retake the White House. And the Democrat party (under the 'leadership' of the egregious Debbie Wasserman-Schultz) to which she long ago attached herself like a barnacle on the posterior of the United States has long since decided she would be their nominee. But that is the problem of the ruinous (and ruined) Democrat party.
But this is America, and the people have chosen their representative candidates. God help us all.
That said, we decided long ago we would never be able to support the unstable charlatan and grifter Trump in his then-nascent bid to move into Our House. Last summer, when Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency (on 16 June 2015), it was thought almost universally to be the hopeless folly of a vainglorious, pompous, and wealthy man in need of more adulation than he was getting from his popular reality television programs, The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice. Programs he was contracted to perform based on his alleged successes in the world of business, primarily in the realm of real estate and building ventures. To be sure, these reality shows are likely the most successful ventures in which he has ever been involved.
Many people decided to support Trump from the beginning. They allowed their anger at the failures (real and perceived) of the Republican party to address their concerns with the massive overreaches of the far leftist Democrat party under the leadership of the execrable and unaccomplished narcissist Barack Obama to override their deeply held beliefs in conservative principles. They decided 'he fights' was preferable to choosing a solid conservative, most of whom had become anathema primarily because of the realities of 'This Town' when a party does not possess a sufficiently large majority to override the veto of a socialist man-child such as Obama. This is a disgust shared by all thinking people of a more conservative bent.
Leaving aside the fact that these last folks who decided early on that Trump was a better choice than, say, a successful governor or senator with a strong record of getting results favorable to the continuation of our beloved Republic, I address all and sundry here who insist that we back this man, this Trump, now that he is the nominee:
No. We will not go gently into that good night.
Since Senator Ted Cruz of Texas suspended his presidential campaign after failing to win the Indiana primary on 3 May 2016, Trump has become the apparent nominee of the Republican party. As each day passes, more people profess their support for Trump as the only hope to defeat Clinton and save the Republic. We do not agree that he is better than her. She is the enemy we know; he is a loose cannon, and one the GOP would be obliged to support in the main. We believe neither is fit to serve as either Chief Executive or Commander in Chief of the armed forces. As such, we will stay true to our vow to never cast our precious votes for either of the two major party nominees.
Over the two weeks which have elapsed since Trump became the last man standing to represent the GOP as its nominee, we have been inundated with energetic insistence that we change our minds, to decide to back a person who goes against every belief we have in what makes America the greatest single nation the world has ever seen. All this in order to defeat Hillary Clinton, perhaps the worst human being America has produced in generations. Maybe the worst person America has ever produced who has never served time in federal prison.
We ask you: Please stop. We have always said we would never vote for Trump. We were not being whimsical, we weren't joking, and we do not take this conviction lightly. We know what is at stake. We simply disagree with your decision that Trump would be a better option. We are not traitors. We love America as much as you do.
Yesterday, I read an egregious article by a fellow called Grant Stinchfield who runs a quickie car lube place in Dallas. He also has a radio show there and calls himself a conservative. This piece is offensive to the sensibilities of every thinking conservative and anyone else with any self-respect. This is a common theme among folks who are desperate to deny Clinton the Oval Office in this mad season. My Twitter timeline presents me with more vitriol from alleged allies than I ever received from my political enemies. If Trump decided to run in order to fracture the GOP and destroy it from within, then he has succeeded beyond any possible dream. Mr. Stinchfield's diatribe is an embarrassment to those of us who consider ourselves conservative, and indeed, any reasonable people.
Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) wrote a solid piece at Redstate.com refuting Mr. Stinchfield's ridiculous article as the bilge that it is. I recommend you read both Stinchfield's ridiculous Twitter rant-cum-editorial and McLaughlin's refutation.
I say all that to say this: Leave us in peace. We count you as friends, allies, and countrymen. We strongly disagree with you on this matter, and you will not change our minds. None of us know who is right or wrong here. It's all guesswork in this craziest of election seasons. But you will not convince us to vote for Donald Trump. Neither will we vote for Hillary Clinton. Many of us have decided (as I have) to leave the Republican party. You have decided to try to save it. Godspeed to you. But I will not trust that mechanism again. To paraphrase President Reagan: The party left me.
Though I use “we” throughout this piece, I do not pretend to speak for all on the #NeverTrump side. But I would wager I've not said much others of that movement would disagree with. Your mileage, as they say, may vary.
Yours in #NeverTrump and #NeverHillary,
Just a gaggle of people from all over who have similar interests and loud opinions mixed with a dose of humor. We met on Twitter.