Like lava, this post has been been bubbling and boiling beneath the surface for some time now. If I had to pinpoint, the roiling started about the time Republican candidates signed the loyalty pledge:
I, __________, affirm that if I do not win the 2016 Republican nomination for president of the United States, I will endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee regardless of who it is. I further pledge that I will not seek to run as an independent or write-in candidate, nor will I seek or accept the nomination for president of any other party.
This was the RNC’s attempt to keep Donald Trump from running as a third-party candidate, fearing a siphoning of votes from the Republican nominee, likely assuring the Democrat nominee’s victory.
However, according the The New York Times, the pledge is a party-produced document and is not legally binding.
And so, this eruption is brought to you by events of the last few days:
2) Several candidates, both Republican and Democrat, have united in their criticism of Trump’s idea. However, to my knowledge, not a single Republican candidate has said he/she will not support Trump if he is the Republican nominee. According to The Atlantic:
“…Trump is proposing a policy that would violate the Constitution and his oath of office, and would amount to an impeachable offense if he put it into effect, but [Ryan] would still support him over (presumably) Hillary Clinton if it came to it.”
Still, Paul Ryan is not the only Republican who will not withdraw his support for the Republican nominee, should it be Trump. I’ve heard several candidates asked if they would support Trump as the nominee. After bumbling, avoidance and walking on glass with answers like: “I don’t think Trump will be the nominee,” or “Let’s not deal with hypotheticals,” when push comes to shove, the candidate replies that yes, he will support Trump as the nominee…because they signed the loyalty pledge.
Are you kidding me? Even after Trump’s statements about Muslims? Even after he’s somehow re-writing the history of the internment of Japanese Americans, using the excuse that countries must implement questionable policies in order to win wars?
Just what would Trump need to say or do to get Republicans to finally say they will not support him?
Is it really so important to have a Republican in office that we’d vote for a man who, in my humble opinion, is a RINO bigot bloviator? And now, according to Reuters, much of the world has criticized Trump for his proposal to ban Muslims from entering this country. Some, including the United Kingdom and even Israel, want to ban Trump from entering their countries.
I’ve said it before. I don’t want this man representing me or my country. The world reaction to his words foreshadows the challenge that would be should he become president.
3) Finally, yesterday, someone suggested I was “just like all the other Republicans.” No, I’m not.
If Trump is the Republican nominee, for me, it truly will be an election where my choice will be the lesser of two evils–a decision based on who will do the least harm to this country. In my opinion, Trump has already put us on a path of self-destruction.
I remember a horrifying scene in the movie Far from the Madding Crowd, where Gabriel Oaks’s sheep are chased off a cliff by a dog.
I refuse to follow sheep off a cliff. That’s why, today, though most can’t or won’t say it, I’m going to say it. If Donald Trump is the Republican nominee, I will vote Democrat.