Millions of Republicans and I will not vote for Donald Trump in November

I’ve voted Republican my entire life. None of the candidates were perfect. Many of them weren’t “100% pure”. But they were always better than the Democrat alternative.

But if Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee, I will vote third party or just leave the ballot blank for president. Why so many people are falling for Trump’s con game, just like the people he scammed with Trump University, is mind-boggling. The man holds absolutely no principles whatsoever, except his own self-promotion.

And millions upon millions of fellow Republicans will join me.

The main arguments were his authoritarianism, his lack of any principle besides the further aggrandizement of one Donald J. Trump, his racism and misogyny, and his erratic behavior, which led a whole lot of people to write that they were afraid to have him anywhere within a thousand miles of the nuclear launch codes.

Elected officials from U.S. Senators to city councilmen are now speaking up and making it known that they can not and will not support this man as the nominee for our party. A friend and city councilman, Phil Van Treuren, wrote this to our county newspapers:

I’m an elected Republican officeholder, a Republican precinct committeeman, and have supported Republican candidates for the last two decades. But I won’t vote for Donald Trump if he wins the GOP nomination.

Like most voters, I could never support a candidate who mocks the disabled, is slow to disavow the KKK, belittles women, and quotes fascist dictators. Trump is a thin-skinned, vindictive bully who would be a dangerous president. Unfortunately, many Republican voters are falling for the con job Trump is pulling on our party, in spite of his constant contradictions on important issues like taxes, abortion, healthcare and our military.

Yesterday, Ohio State Auditor Dave Yost announced that he is #NeverTrump:

I’ve voted Republican all my life. But if Donald Trump wins the nomination of the Republican Party, I will break ranks with my party and will not support him.

In spite of his powerful, legitimate criticisms, Mr. Trump’s candidacy is about only one principle: power. He has changed his positions on abortion, Syrian refugees, the flat tax, Afghanistan and more in his pursuit of power.

He wants that for himself, though he says he will use it on our behalf. But in the decades he has possessed power by virtue of his wealth, he has wielded it for himself.

Every political candidate has flaws, because they are human. Mr. Trump is not merely flawed — his thirst for power at any cost makes him unfit for public trust. What would he not do with public power?

I cannot support a man who will change any belief and associate with any evil in order to gain power, or who will use the power of government to silence his critics, or who is dismissive of people he doesn’t like. Everybody counts, or nobody counts.

Nor can I support a man who steals the clothing of Christianity but claims to have never had a need to repent of anything.

Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska wrote a very thoughtful open letter to Trump voters two days ago. You should really read the entire thing, but here are some good excerpts.

I’m as frustrated and saddened as you are about what’s happening to our country. But I cannot support Donald Trump.

My current answer for who I would support in a hypothetical matchup between Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton is: Neither of them. I sincerely hope we select one of the other GOP candidates, but if Donald Trump ends up as the GOP nominee, conservatives will need to find a third option.

So let me ask you: Do you believe the beating heart of Mr. Trump’s candidacy has been a defense of the Constitution? Do you believe it’s been an impassioned defense of the First Amendment – or an attack on it?

Which of the following quotes give you great comfort that he’s in love with the First Amendment, that he is committed to defending the Constitution, that he believes in executive restraint, that he understands servant leadership?

Statements from Trump:
***“We’re going to open up libel laws and we’re going to have people sue you like you’ve never got sued before.”
***“When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. They were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak…”
***Putin, who has killed journalists and is pillaging Ukraine, is a great leader.
***The editor of National Review “should not be allowed on TV and the FCC should fine him.”
***On whether he will use executive orders to end-run Congress, as President Obama has illegally done: “I won’t refuse it. I’m going to do a lot of things.” “I mean, he’s led the way, to be honest with you.”
***“Sixty-eight percent would not leave under any circumstance. I think that means murder. It think it means anything.”
***On the internet: “I would certainly be open to closing areas” of it.
***His lawyers to people selling anti-Trump t-shirts: “Mr. Trump considers this to be a very serious matter and has authorized our legal team to take all necessary and appropriate actions to bring an immediate halt…”
***Similar threatening legal letters to competing campaigns running ads about his record.

Again, I have a favorite in this race, and believe that Marco Rubio is our best candidate. But I would have no problem whatsoever voting for Ted Cruz or John Kasich over Hillary Clinton.

But Donald Trump is a bridge too far. He isn’t a Republican. He isn’t a conservative. And I will have no part, zero, in making him either our nominee or our president.

Author: Nick

I was born and raised in Ohio. After growing up in the Columbus area, I moved to Cleveland to study at Case Western Reserve University, and have lived in Northeast Ohio ever since. I live in Wellington with my wife and son. I work in the private sector and have never worked in the political field.

11 thoughts on “Millions of Republicans and I will not vote for Donald Trump in November”

  1. I really don’t want Trump (or Kasich) to be the GOP nominee but I’m not sure that now, in the heat of a primary, is the best time to declare what we’ll do in November if we get a bad nominee. If we do get a bad candidate, I’m just going to take a deep breath and re-evaluate the race a few months down the road.

    Let’s see who the VP is. Let’s see if the undesirable candidate grows and up stops acting like a frat boy on an MTV reality show. Let’s see what horrible things Hillary/Sanders have proposed.

    If Trump gets nominated and continues acting like this, maybe a wealthy conservative (someone with a Steve Forbes profile) jumps in as a 3rd party and gives us a better option. Hopefully it won’t come to this. I’m still hoping Cruz or Rubio can pull it out, even if those odds aren’t looking so great right now. But if that doesn’t happen, it won’t hurt anything to leave our options open.

  2. Nick, I have read this blog for some time, commented regularly, shared your articles and site with numerous people and had a healthy respect for you. I can’t stand Trump. I would give anything to have Cruz or Rubio. But if Trump is the nominee, and you don’t vote for him, you are an ass. Plain and simple. And if that happens, and we get Hillary, then you better keep your pie-hole shut for the next four years.

  3. Good grief! But I rather thought this was coming from you Nick! Trump has never been my first choice — but I do not need a weather man to know which way the wind blows – will voter not-Clinton period.

    You have certainly been very vocal about the foolishness of conservatives not supporting moderate republicans in the past — you always argued for party unity and getting a half a loaf was better than none.

    But now you find a republican candidate that YOU don’t like and suddenly — NEW RULES!

    Now YOU are the guy ready to abandon ship — keeping the party together is not so unimportant anymore.

    Yeah let’s all make some meaningless gesture — let’s cut off our nose to spite our face.

    Yeah let’s split up and give ALL THREE BRANCHES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT to the democrats — you’ll show’em.

    By your proposed actions you will be supporting Hillary Clinton and most likely a SCOTUS that will end up something like 6 – 3 or even 7 – 2 liberal before she is gone in 8 years.

    Maybe it won’t be too great our kids and grand kids but oh well forget about them — yer POed.

    People like Mitch McConnell don’t want Trump because he might endanger the little shell game of deception and fraud that he and the other RINO’s have been running on us for past few decades — what is your excuse?

    Your kind of solution is why we never had a President McCain or Romney.

    And BTW unless you have become a disciple of Al Sharpton, calling Donald Trump a racist is just brain dead stupid and irresponsible..

  4. For a lot of us candidacy of Donald Trump was not a welcome event –we’ve already experienced a thin-skinned, arrogant and ill prepared person run for and win — he has been the POTUS for over 7 years now. The 2016 election was to be a new chance to take advantage of the Obama mess. But people like Mitch McConnell and John Boehner decided to poison the water and destroy that chance before the new cycle even got started.

    Donald Trump was INVENTED by the dishonest, disingenuous, feckless and double-crossing republican party — with their parliamentary maneuvering they have made an art out of deceiving the voters with meaningless legislative shiny objects — i.e., phony “show votes” that are non-binding and making them look like fighters all the while the important votes that count are held later, surreptitiously and with no fanfare — essentially giving Obama and the democrats everything they wanted. Heritage Foundation has tracked and recorded this disgraceful behavior for years. Pure malicious deceit.

    The GOP members of Congress have unflinchingly and completely betrayed the voters who elected them and utterly failed to oppose the tyranny in the Obama White House. And some argue that we should stay true to these guys? WHAT THE HELL DO WE HAVE TO LOSE BY DUMPING THEM? Anybody?

    Six months ago the republican party screamed and demanded that Donald Trump should promise to not run third party if he lost the nomination. So he promised to stay put if the rules would remain fair. He has kept his promise but as usual the republicans aren’t going to keep their word — again. They are now plotting to stop Trump at all costs — then they will scream like a pig with his nose caught under the gate when Trump goes off as third party.

    But lying and cheating is what the republican establishment does best isn’t it? This is how they treat the voters so why should we be surprised they would act this way with the nomination process?

    The numbers of GOP primary voters in this cycle are through the roof in every state – huge increases. Does anyone here think that is due to John Kasich?

    But thick headed GOP “leaders” can’t figure it out Trump is one who is growing the number of republicans. So in response knuckle dragging leadership is figuring out how to nullify that situation. What votes? We don’t need no stinking votes they cry.

    Now one of the sources of the anger toward the GOP — Mitt our hapless 2012 candidate for president — is suddenly going to come out and tell us all what to do.

    Mitt Romney’s dead on arrival and do-nothing campaign in 2012 is one of the reasons we HAVE a Donald Trump. Was everyone in the RNC born yesterday or is it just me?

    Donald Trump is not a panacea or a perfect candidate but if he means having a fresh start from the mind numbing GOP leadership for God-sake maybe it is worth it?

    If the RINOs wanted to do something constructive and smart, instead of self-defeating and dumb, they would get Rubio, Cruz and Kasich in a room and keep them there until two of them suspended their campaigns. Oh but that might make some sense………..

  5. Nick,
    I’m with you. I’ve voted Republican my entire life, and in good conscience cannot vote for that man! Barring a third party entry into the race, I will not be casting my vote this November.

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