Declaration: I Know Who I Won’t Be Voting For In November, And Why

I have to be nicer to the Democrat hypocrites who are saying that they will support Joe Biden even after insisting that #MeToo and  condemning sexual harassment and sexual assault was a  core value of their party and their own beliefs. I owe them a debt of gratitude for eliminating any question in my mind regarding who I won’t be voting for when the election rolls around.

It won’t be anyone in the Democrat Party; I knew that even before Joe Biden started looking like the the Presidential candidate. The Democrats cannot be trusted with national power in their current anti-democracy, anti-Constitution, anti-American mindset; they really need to change their name, to what, I don’t know.

Nor can the unconscionable strategy they have been pursuing since they lost the Presidential election in 2016 be permitted to succeed. If it does succeed, and, tragically, perhaps even if it doesn’t, American democracy will be permanently scarred. Completely embracing the ends justify the means as a party philosophy, Democrats set out to destroy an elected President before he ever had a chance to do his job, a stunning defiance of basic democratic norms as once stated by the exact same individuals who led the revolt. They did this in defiance of law and ethics; they encouraged internal betrayal, illegal sabotage, and the breach of basic decency, loyalty, and responsibility. Taken as a whole, the party’s attack on American institutions was far worse than what Richard Nixon and his cronies did, and it continues today.

I predicted that if he was elected, President Trump’s flamboyant lack of character would corrupt public discourse as well as much of the public. That has proven true, but the damage done to the nation by “the resistance” and Democrats has been far more damaging, and, I fear, far deeper and long-lasting. It has, for example, completely corrupted the news media, meaning that the “informed electorate” the Founders pronounced essential to a functioning United States of America no longer has a strong and trustworthy institution that can ensure that, even in its previous far-from-perfect state. It has, for another example, managed to undo in a little more than a decade much of the progress the U.S. had made in racial trust and accord by seeking to ruthlessly exploit racial division in sick mimicry of the GOP strategy of the Seventies.

Regarding the Democratic Party and the fate it has earned for itself, I am repeatedly reminded of the memorable line uttered by actor Jeff Corey (written by William Goldman) as Sheriff Bledsoe in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” The two likable outlaws come to him in desperation, hoping for some way out of their dilemma, which has a price on their heads and a relentless, highly-paid posse on their trail. The sheriff, an old friend,  shatters their hopes, saying, essentially, that they are doomed.

“It’s over, don’t you get that?” he says.  “Your time is over and you’re gonna die bloody, and all you can do is choose where.”

That is the fate the Democrats deserve, and I fervently hope it is the one they get. My willingness to say this, however does not mean  that I can or will vote for Donald Trump.

The reason I cannot is the same reason (well, one of the reasons) I find Nancy Pelosi, Alyssa Milano, Senator Klobuchar and so many of my Facebook friends contemptible who now say that they must vote for Joe Biden because beating Trump is more important than what they once said was a moral imperative. Their fecklessness and hypocrisy proves that it was never a moral imperative; it was a posture of convenience.

My position as an ethicist and a leadership consultant cannot be a posture of convenience. I have to stand for certain essential principles, and I do not have the luxury, as some do, indeed as virtually anyone reading this post does, of deciding that circumstances require,  in this rare ethics conflict, rejecting the principles my credibility and integrity rest upon in pursuit of a greater good. That would be what the #MeToo hypocrites are doing, or think they are.

Absent my professional and public assessments as a professional ethicist, I would have no difficulty at all in officially concluding that Donald Trump is the preferable, indeed essential, choice to lead the country in the next four years when the alternative is a party that has revealed the corruption and antagonism toward American ideals as has the Democratic Party. But President Trump, as I pointed out repeatedly in 2015 and 2016, is the antithesis of the kind of leader my knowledge and expertise  indicates should ever be placed in a leadership position of any kind, or in a position of power and trust.

For me to vote for such an individual would render my credibility in my profession, and what is more important, my personal and professional integrity, void.

An ethicist cannot, in my view, support or vote for Donald Trump as President, nor can an ethicist, at least this ethicist, have any position but the rejection of the current iteration of the Democratic party as antithetical to American values.

29 thoughts on “Declaration: I Know Who I Won’t Be Voting For In November, And Why

  1. You said:

    An ethicist cannot, in my view, support or vote for Donald Trump as President, nor can an ethicist, at least this ethicist, have any position but the rejection of the current iteration of the Democratic party as antithetical to American values.

    “This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”

    — Hamlet Act 1, Scene 3

  2. If Virginia goes for Biden by 1 vote at least you had the guts to tell us who to blame. Let’s hope the margin either way is higher in Virginia and in a similar respect regarding Virginia’s electors.

    I understand your position while completely disagreeing with your decision.

  3. A very fine position as an ethicist. Now what happens if we follow your lead and choose no one for president? It seems to me that you will see the behaviors of the DNC reinforced. But, we will feel righteous such that we did not enable the election of Trump as we lament the electoral victory of the Democrats.

    Sometimes you gotta throw yourself on the grenade irrespective of how the act will affect you to save your brothers in arms. That’s what I feel I must do.

    With all due respect, this piece seems to be a means to signal virtue. I don’t understand why it is necessary to state this unless you want others to follow your lead.

  4. It occurred to me — I did (to myself) predict in general outline an ‘event’ that would derail forward motion in 2020 — that there may yet be a ‘part two’ in this on-going drama. Uncertain what it is, or if only pessimistic paranoia, but I feel something . . .

  5. I am not going to argue with you except to say that a rejection of the Democrats would be far more persuasive if Trump not only wins the electoral college but the popular vote as well.

    And this, if the President deserves a certain modicum of universal support at some level at certain times, AND this a President has not even gotten that little amount, the support by your vote MIGHT not be so incompatible with your ethics.

    But not this: I don’t like Trump either, but I like underdogs. Despicable people have treated him unfairly in between those days they fairly attacked them. They need to know there is no benefit to be gained from essentially crying Wolf! Yes: Revenge.

    And, it would be lovely if it would be someone like Trump to break the the Democratic stranglehold on The State That Mondale Won.

    -Jut

  6. I guess it’s a good thing I’m not an ethicist. I did not vote for President in 2016, but it didn’t really matter as Texas’s only close race was between Ted Cruz and Beto. This time around, however, I feel honor-bound to vote for Trump. I cannot stomach what the Democrats have become, and will do everything in my power to stop them. It seems to me that that includes supporting Trump. I will also be hoping that Pelosi’s Asylum will be returned to and the Senate will remain in GOP hands. I fully recognize what the goals of the Democratic Party, and truly believe that if they return to power in the foreseeable future, it will mean an end to Constitutional Government, and, likely democracy as well. Thus, I will continue to be as active as I can be against them, which includes voting for Trump.

  7. Jack,

    I’m reminded of the Israelite midwives in the Bible’s Exodus story. They were ordered by the Egyptian leader to kill the Jewish boy babies that were born as a form of population control. They refused, and when asked by the leader why they were disobeying a direct order, they lied, saying the Jewish women gave birth too quickly. The midwives were unethical, disobedient to authority, and if one believes the Bible, committing a sin with their deception. Yet the Scripture goes on to say that God looked favorably on the midwives. I believe in that case, God chose to look at midwives’ wrongdoing from a human perspective. Their obvious wrongs (disobeying a king and lying about it) were being done to prevent an even greater evil. So while not innocent, the “Midwives’ Choice” was their best decision in the midst of very bad options.

    It’s not a perfect parallel, but maybe there’s at least some corollary. There are a great many Democrats who will vote for VP Biden (or a much worse candidate if he/she was running), not because he’s a viable candidate or a man of any real moral standing, but simply because they believe President Trump is so evil. They have made their “Midwives’ Choice”, choosing to commit an evil to prevent greater evil.

    I happen to think Democrats in charge, with their ideology – at least right now – is a FAR greater evil than an uncouth bully who shouldn’t use Twitter. So for me, voting for the President over any Democrat is my “Midwives’ Choice”.

    All the best as you work through your dilemma.

  8. Living in WA I can vote for Trump and feel no remorse. The blue zones will vote for Biden or whoever….I have to wonder if a brokered convention would see Sanders and Coumo splitting the whole party? We are on such a road to Hell…

  9. I didn’t vote for Trump last time out, because I did not think he would win, I knew he wouldn’t carry my state, and I didn’t want to say his behavior was all right. I also didn’t vote for Hillary, who I loathed and decided must not be elected. This time out I still know he is very unlikely to carry this state (although a lot of folks are mad at the current Democratic governor for taking only the smallest steps toward reopening and taking a high-handed attitude), but I will definitely be voting for him.

    Unfortunately there are only two choices this time out that have a chance of getting elected. One is a man with a big mouth, uncouth mannerisms, and waaay too much time on twitter, who also built a great economy until this virus tanked it, is appointing conservative judges, and isn’t taking crap from beta European nations or Podunk Third World nations. The alternative is a man who is something of a cross between your doddering grandfather who tells you the same story he told you last weekend because he’s forgotten, your creepy uncle who hugs your sis a little too long and tugs on your niece’s shorts, then says it was all in good fun, and the punch-drunk, washed-up boxer who still thinks he can take anyone who disrespects him. You tolerate the first because he is your grandfather and he’s harmless, but you wouldn’t even trust him to remember to lock the door, and you know he’d be better off someplace where he can be looked after. Maybe you bite your tongue once or twice with the second, but eventually you tell him to cut it out or else. You just sneer at the last. This isn’t someone you can trust with the highest office in the land. Even if you could, he would mean going back to the days of Obama, liberal judges left and right, bowing and scraping to the UN and getting nothing done, taxes and fees everywhere you looked, and zero economic growth. That’s not what I want.

    I don’t think it would even be that, though. I really believe there is a strong chance that Biden is just a Trojan Horse to put someone even more liberal in the White House. I don’t think they’d be so brazen as to have him resign the day after the inauguration in favor of a President Abrams or a President Harris or a President Michelle, but I think before the first year was over he would announce, with Dr. Jill by his side, that he was unable to continue to discharge the duties of his office and would be stepping down and retiring back to Delaware.

    Then again, I might be wrong. The Democratic Party has as you pointed out, made it clearer than Waterford crystal that they are only interested in getting power, keeping it, and using it to impose their view of things on everyone. They won’t hesitate to lie, they won’t hesitate to deceive, they won’t hesitate to threaten, they won’t hesitate to act in a corrupt manner. What’s more, once they achieve power, they won’t hesitate to crush, silence, and destroy anyone who disagrees with them, in large things or small things. They also won’t hesitate to pick winners and losers, and, if you disagree, guess which side you’ll come down on, every time, strictly on the merits, of course? To them the laws are just helpful guidelines and the Constitution is to be worked within when it suits them, worked around when it doesn’t, and ultimately changed to make it easier for them to hold onto power. They are also users. They’ll side with one race today and another tomorrow if it looks like it will land them more votes. They are elitists, who look down on those who live away from the coasts and still tell Sarah Palin jokes while drinking their $20 glasses of wine. They are tyrants, who would love nothing better than to strip ordinary people of their rights and have them just obediently run the machines, do the paperwork, and aspire to nothing more. Frankly, I don’t think they even like their own country much, given how many moves they have made toward scrubbing its history, robbing it of its landmarks, and erasing anything that doesn’t fit their vision. I can’t vote for anyone from a party like that.

    These are all the choices there are. These two parties are all there are, and all there ever will be at this point. The two party system has been entrenched here except one brief period during the presidency of James Monroe, it isn’t going anywhere. No centrist Republican is going to break away and neither is any centrist Democrat. H. Ross Perot’s protest candidacy wasn’t that long ago, everyone knows about it, and everyone knows that all it did was split the vote on one side and hand the election to the side that stayed united. Everyone knows that all a protest third-party candidacy will ever do is torpedo one side. There is still a lot of work to be done if we are going to clean up the mess Obama left. Unfortunately, the only man to do that right now is Donald J. Trump. You can sit this election out if you can’t bring yourself to vote for either side, but it’s been my experience that staying neutral only helps the oppressor, never the oppressed, and only the sharp, dishonorable, and unethical, never the honorable. If you believe it is your patriotic duty to keep this country from falling into the hands of those who would abuse it, then a vote for the President is the way to go.

    • Because the alternative is far, far worse. The Soviets’ sins were many, and Stalin amassed a body count as high as Hitler’s. However, the alternative was to let a genocidal regime conquer everything. All they’d leave those who disagreed was Shangri-la, and they’d have taken that too if they’d have known where it was.

        • I don’t disagree with your point either. I could also say there are probably a lot of living people in Western Europe who would agree with what I said. However, if I do that I am saying that one set of lives is more important than another. I’m also saying it was ok to sell Eastern Europe down the river and have Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania, and other emerging democracies simply trade one tyranny for another and see their chance to determine their own destinies and make their own mistakes delayed for 70 years.

          Well, I could take the French Revolutionary approach and say sometimes you have to break eggs to make an omelette. I could take the Hibernian’s approach and say that in a war there are always unintended consequences and collateral damage, but if someone was in the way of the goal who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, too bad. Well, I’m not some crazy revolutionary who wants to hang the last king with the guts of the last priest, and I’m not some gangster thug with good publicity, so I won’t say either of those things.

          What I will say is that sometimes life and history are realistically binary. Sometimes you have two choices, neither of which is perfect, maybe both of which are far from perfect, but there isn’t always a workable third option to take and you can’t always play Captain Kirk. The US couldn’t ignore the war against the Axis. The realistic choice was going to be letting the Soviets take some of Europe or the Nazis take it all. Maybe we could have held back and waited for the roof to fall in on the Nazis, but there was no guarantee it would have, and in the meantime they would have busied themselves making all of a continent Judenrein.

          I’m not prepared to stand back and let a party of soft tyranny gain full control of this nation and start a regime of speech codes, oppressive regulations, higher and higher taxes, suspension of rights and lockdowns for our own good (they’ve done it once, they can do it again), abortion on demand no matter what, special privileges for everyone except white males, elimination of any law that would prevent them from exercising absolute power, appointment of bobblehead judges who will sign off on all this, and importation of new citizens who will happily vote for all of this as long as the government keeps their checks coming out of your pay and my pay. You can vote or ignore your way into tyranny very easily. You have to fight your way out. I’m not going to let that happen if I can prevent it. Neither should anyone else. The other side is busy reaching out to Never Trumpers and the bitter brotherhood as we speak. It will only take a few thousand votes in a few key states to send us down that path. I know that’s not a fun compromise to make, but do you really want to see the alternative materialize and know you didn’t do all you could do to prevent it?

  10. There is benefit of staking out this position that didn’t play a part in arriving at it. I am constantly in the position of having to throw a flag on unfair and unethical treatment toward President Trump, and thus inherit the accusation that I am just covering for a politician I support. I don’t support the politician, and, as I keep pointing out to those who try to tar me with that, I have documentation to prove it. I do, and will support the office to which we elected him .

    • Jack
      I dont think stating that you won’t vote for a candidate will insulate you from criticism when you flag unfair journalistic practices. Every incidence of condemning Trump’s behavior will be used by his opposition to justify their opposition while every incidence of you calling foul on the opposition will have them call you a Trump apologist or worse. Face it objective people cannot win when partisans are hell bent on destroying the other side and gaining power rather than finding a candidate that will help us secure tbe blessings of liberty.

      To thine own self be true but be honest with yourself and ask this question: will we be better off if a new administration buries the work of Barr, Durham, and the others who are investigating the alleged improper actions of Comey, Rice, Yates, and Obama?

      • Ugh. The point is that this is EXACTLY the argument the #MeToo hypocrites are making. Exactly. That was the point of the article. My mission is to promote ethical values and ethical analysis. This isn’t an ethical dilemma, it’s a conflict. If one purports to have a personal and professional priority of values, those values cannot fall to utilitarianism.

        My position as an ethicist and a leadership consultant cannot be a posture of convenience. I have to stand for certain essential principles, and I do not have the luxury, as some do, indeed as virtually anyone reading this post does, of deciding that circumstances require, in this rare ethics conflict, rejecting the principles my credibility and integrity rest upon in pursuit of a greater good. That would be what the #MeToo hypocrites are doing, or think they are.

        Absent my professional and public assessments as a professional ethicist, I would have no difficulty at all in officially concluding that Donald Trump is the preferable, indeed essential, choice to lead the country in the next four years when the alternative is a party that has revealed the corruption and antagonism toward American ideals as has the Democratic Party.

        Does that have to be clearer?

        • Jack, I fully understand your reasoning such that your professional and personal priority of values preclude your voting for the people in question. I do see the conflict you described. I should have omitted the second paragraph for clarity.

          My point was that it should only matter to you what choice you make. You could jump up and down in a complete TDS moment but the first defense you give Trump you will be labeled as a Trump supporter. So why is it necessary to convey your sentiments unless you feel you will derive a benefit from doing so. You are under no obligation to say who you vote for. If it is necessary to make the point you will not vote either way then utility questions come into play because reputations based on how others value your integrity. The only people that would believe you are those who read your posts and understand what your priorities are. We know what you value. The rest will not care.

          If the sole purpose of the post was to embody this statement, “My mission is to promote ethical values and ethical analysis.” it did not come across that way to me. The Hamlet reference may be appropriate but so would a Pontius Pilot reference such that you wash your hands of the matter and you discard any responsibility for the outcome.

          I share many of your concerns and have learned many lessons here on this blog from you and so many others far more erudite than I. I look at the world a bit differently than some. The way I view my responsibilities is right for me but not necessarily for thee. My professional responsibilities take a back seat to my responsibilities as a husband and brother, then as a citizen who pledged allegiance to the flag and what the flag stood for. My professional obligations are very important to me but they cannot stand in the way of standing firm against what I consider an attempt to undermine our social compact as a nation of laws and not men. The analogies offered in other comments have their weaknesses but what if we see the emergence of this journalistic and political rot as a cancer that will kill the patient. Should we forego the toxic treatments that will stop the cancer in its tracks or should we avoid them because they are antithetical to our values?

          The beauty of our system is that we are not obligated to follow our “leaders” in lock step. This means that we can choose the lesser of two evils when necessary. Good citizens challenge them when they are believed to be wrong and applaud them when they do well for us. In this case, I do not see Trump as an evil, nor do I see him as a leader. He is an employee who we hired to manage our domestic operations and foreign policies. For that he has done reasonably well all things considered.

          The American people do not need leaders. They need honest brokers. Unfortunately, far too many have been dishonest for the purpose of obtaining or maintaining power. One only follows a leader when the leader convinces the followers that the benefits of following outweigh the mandatory costs that following entails. Anyone can bait people to move in a given direction when that group is tricked to see only benefits.

          I too see him as a boorish grandstanding marketer. In my estimation he understands what is important for the US but who too often communicates like an 9th grader. Unfortunately, all mass marketers communicate at a 9th grade level. Because none of us have ever engaged in a private discussion with the man we don’t know if he can communicate at a significantly higher level. We might be surprised.

          I know you fault him for taking the bait or punching down but how effective were all the others, short of Ronald Reagan, who allowed the press to push them around.

  11. I did not vote for Trump or Hillary in 2016. However, he has done a far better job that I expected. I am not afraid of a country with him as President anymore. I look at the situation differently than you do. I do not believe that Trump somehow corrupted the media, Democratic politicians, and the Democratic voters and magically turned them into the things you now see. I think he just revealed what was hidden beneath the surface. This is what was there all along. Comey, Strzok, Mueller, Rosenstein, Ohr, McCabe, Clapper,Judge Contreas, Judge Sullivan, and the 2000 DOJ lawyers and FBI agents that just called for Barr’s resignation over the Flynn case all existed in power before Trump was elected. They were all doing the same things they have done since Trump was elected, we just didn’t have Trump to reveal it to us. He is a loud, boisterous, uncouth, famously exaggerating liar who has revealed a lot of truth in the process. He is a paradox.

    Why has Trump provoked them so much that they dropped the mask? I think he is the first president we have actually had since Reagan, maybe before. All the others were constrained by what the ‘iteragency consesnsus’ allowed them to do. Trump is a direct threat to their power and their control of this country and that is why the full court press by all their puppets in Congress and the media is happening. Trump refuses to be a puppet and that is his crime. It is because of his flaws, not despite them, that we have become aware that our country is run by an unelected elite, not elected officials. We can see their gameplan as they try to convince us that ‘lockdown’ and nonsensical executive orders need to be the ‘new normal’ because of a virus that is probably not as deadly as the flu. Trump seems to be one of the only ones pushing back, and I don’t see how it is unethical to support that. This is a fight to determine if this country will return to a democracy or if we will become a tyranny. I won’t choose fighters to win a war based on their table manners. He has had the opportunity to become a tyrant and has shown that he doesn’t want to do it. His opponents have shown that they will become tyrants at any opportunity. There isn’t a viable third option. To refuse to support the only person fighting for democracy and this country’s values isn’t something I can do.

    As for they lying, well, I wish he wouldn’t do that. I don’t like to support it and it frustrates me. it does seem to be inherent in his persona as a New Yorker. However, when I ask anyone to try to compare the number and magnitude of the lies Trump has told compared to the lies of the last 3 Presidents they voted for, they can’t really see that Trump is worse, so how is voting for Trump any different than voting for Obama, or Bush, or Clinton? It sounds like a rationalization (and it is), but it also is realism math. Life isn’t an ideal situation and nobody ever won a war by surrendering.

    • 1. He has done a far better job that I expected.

      Better. Not more ethical.

      2. I am not afraid of a country with him as President anymore.

      No comment.

      3 I look at the situation differently than you do.

      If I did not have to behave as an ethicist should behave in my view, neither would I.

      4. I do not believe that Trump somehow corrupted the media, Democratic politicians, and the Democratic voters and magically turned them into the things you now see.

      Why do you think I said that? I didn’t. I said the opposite: I said the resistance and the Democrats were the catalyst: That has proven true, but the damage done to the nation by “the resistance” and Democrats has been far more damaging, and, I fear, far deeper and long-lasting. It has, for example, completely corrupted the news media,

      I often see this problem: I make a statement that people don’t like, and they project on to it disgareements with all the reasons other people have used to reach the same result.

      I think he just revealed what was hidden beneath the surface.

  12. I think that as a Canadian, I can take a step back and look at this from a different view from people in America.

    Frankly, I get this. 100%. I’ve been really struggling talking to some of the people I used to talk with constantly, because I find them… aggravating. It’s like there’s an Anti Trump-Derangement Derangement, where people that have held conservative beliefs for their entire life all of a sudden turn on a dime to defend Trump from what they would have called out 10 minutes ago from anyone else. i get how it happens, Trump has been under siege for years and it’s sometimes hard to figure out whether or not the criticism laid at his feet is legitimate or not. But frankly, sometimes it isn’t hard at all to point out when the criticism is legitimate or not, it is, and the response from previously thoughtful commentators is so obviously mired in this deep morass of tribalism, except instead of a left-right tribalism, the crux of the differentiation is a type of blind loyalty to Trump. I don’t find that interesting, intelligent, thoughtful, or even particularly honest.

    Loyalty to Trump is not a defining principle of conservatism. It’s even less of a defining principle to any other ideology, other than Trump’s cult of personality.

    That said… I think the issue here is that you’re acting like a single issue voter, but in reality, no one is. The math on this would be a little different if there was even the outside possibility of a third party candidate gaining a plurality, but there isn’t. Not this time. Frankly, Trump has been too good at his job, and his supporters are to energetic to peel much off from the right, and the people that hate him hate him with a burning passion that rivals the sun, and they’ll vote for a poorly animated corpse to beat Trump.

    So your choices, for better or worse, are:

    1) To hold your nose and vote for Trump, both to stave off the progressive left for another four years, and because you haven’t turned your back on every principle you hold outside of ethics.

    2) To stand on the principle of ethics, and vote third party, secretly hoping that enough other people will do The Dirty Thing and vote for Trump, because really… You don’t want Joe to win.

    3) Jump in a vat of acid, because fuck everything.

    I have real empathy for number three right now. But failing that, while I hate what Trump has done to the political discourse, and while I’m constantly annoyed by the problems he makes for himself by being a poorly spoken boor with at least the affectations of a lack of intelligence, the fact of the matter is that he has actually done a pretty good job; His judicial appointments have been excellent, his work at de-regulating… basically everything… was long overdue, his tax reform was effective, and the most meaningful tax reform done in my lifetime… Even the things that I disliked, like the conditions in the border camps, he fixed those! Progressives are still butthurt that they exist, but the conditions are better now, and I still think the camps are necessary. There is precious little that I can point to and say: “Y’know what? He really dropped the ball there.” And I think there’s something to be said for that raw level of effectiveness.

    The question is if the stand on ethics is more important than ceding all that to a barely coherent walking corpse and the president-to-be of his VP, which will end up being whatever black woman pops up first on Craigslist.

    In 2016, I said that were I an American, I would hold my nose and vote for Trump, because Hillary deserved to lose. I had great reservations on whether or not Trump would govern conservatively, because frankly he’d been a New York Liberal all his life, and he wasn’t exactly your normal “family values” candidate.

    In 2020, we’ve seen what Trump is, Joe deserves to lose, and I have much less reservation on Trump’s ability to govern, or the leanings of his policies.

    Just imagine if he hadn’t spent the last four years fighting Russian Collusions or Ukrainian phone calls.

    • Terrific analysis, HT. Comment of the Day.

      And #2 pretty accurately describes my state of mind, and, frankly, the way I felt by the time election day rolled around in 2016.

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