Every time Donald Trump wins a caucus or a primary, a Hell-bat gets its wings, and responsible Republicans lose their hair. At the beginning of the 2016 nomination race, I joined with many Republicans who rejoiced at our crowded field of diverse and substantive candidates. When Donald Trump descended the escalator to a puny gaggle of paid supporters, cropped by cameras to hide their pitiful numbers, I didn’t worry. His candidacy reassured me that the race was ours to lose–the road to the White House ran through the GOP. Moreover, I didn’t think Trump was serious. He notoriously trolls for profit. He trolled people about running for president many times before. He trolled people about Barack Obama’s birth certificate. Trump speaks in large, empty gesticulations–it’s his native language.
Then, he filed FEC paperwork.
Then, he started appearing (mostly via telephone) on mainstream news and politic shows.
Then, coworkers, who I had considered reasonably sane, openly voiced support for Trump, and not ironically.
Boasting strong showings in multiple polls, and having won primaries and caucuses, Trump has proven that he really can do anything without losing one iota of support.
While I do not believe that Trump will ultimately win the Republican nomination, I can’t ignore the fact that I’ve been wrong about him throughout this entire campaign.
What if I’m wrong now? What if Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination? How should a responsible Republican vote, if at all?
Alas! I offer the following solution should we have to break the glass and grab the fire extinguisher: we vote. We don’t vote for Trump–he’s not a conservative or a Republican. For the same reason, we don’t vote for the Democrat candidate either. We don’t vote third party.
We vote in every other race but the presidency. We vote for Republican congressmen, senators, comptrollers, and governors. We support every Republican who, like us, care about the party and about advancing conservative ideas and conservative principles.
Among other things, a Trump nomination threatens every Republican running for office. If we stay home because Trump sits atop the ticket, we may undo the very important gains we won in 2010 and 2014. The country would again suffer under a Democrat president with a complicit legislature–and, again, a Hell-bat gets its wings.
A Donald Trump nomination frightens me, but not as much as the nightmare scenario that would occur if we shirk our responsibility.
Remember, in 2016 the Democrats host a coronation–not us. Trump hasn’t won the nomination yet, and I truly do not believe that he will. If he does, however, remember the many innocent Republicans further down the ballot before dusting off your passport.