I pose my question to Republicans who respond to #NeverTrump with, “He’s the Republican nominee. I’m a Republican, ergo I will vote for Trump.”
Bobby Jindal: “I think electing Donald Trump would be the second-worst thing we could do this November, better only than electing Hillary Clinton…”
Rand Paul: “I’ve always said I will endorse the nominee.”
Scott Walker: “I stood on the stage in Cleveland and said I would support the nominee.”
Nikki Haley: “I have always said, I will support the Republican nominee for president…”
Mitch McConnell: “I have committed to supporting the nominee chosen by Republican voters.”
Richard Burr: “But there’s a point in time where having our preferences is no longer an option, and getting behind a candidate is absolutely essential…” But will he campaign with Trump in North Carolina? “I’m going to be focused on my own re-election,” he replied as he walked away from the reporter.
Rob Portman: “I had hoped John (Kasich) would be the nominee but I had said from the start, for the last year, I intend to support the Republican nominee,” Portman said at a warehouse in East Columbus. “That’s Donald Trump now.”
Dick Cheney: I can’t find an actual quote. The “news broke” through CNN with only video with the reporter announcing Cheney said he has always supported the Republican nominee. Here’s the video of the woman telling us what Cheney told her via an interview.
What is Republican(ism)?
I’m not asking for a definition of our US form of government.
What is the Republican Party without conservatism?
The Republican Party, from its inception, has been defined by conservatism. Not liberalism. Not Libertarianism. Not Populism. I mean to say, Republican is our party, but Conservatism is our ideology. Which begs the question, What is Republican(ism)?
Donald Trump has been interviewing for a job as representative of and advocate for the Republican Party. In the History of employment, an employer would not upend company ideology for the prospective employee. The candidate either fits the position or that candidate isn’t offered the job. Trump clearly, to his own admission, does not fit the job description. The unsuccessful candidate would be handed his resume’ and referred to a more suitable position with The Democrat Party. The RNC and the other 16 candidates had a responsibility to the American public to hand Trump his resume’.
Here we are with presumptive nominee, The Donald.
Question two for Trump Voter Holdouts:
Why do you believe that by supporting and voting for Trump, you are supporting the Republican party?
Every one of the politicians above has said at one point over the past 11 months that Trump didn’t represent the fundamentals of the GOP. If Trump is not a Republican by his own definition, by the definition of those above and by many RedStaters who echo similar sentiments as the politicians, those who choose to vote for Trump must concede you aren’t supporting the Republican Party, you are supporting Donald Trump.
Take a few minutes to think about what supporting Donald Trump means. What does Trump represent? What are Trump’s principles? What are Trump’s policies? What platform will Trump push at the convention? What is Trump’s voting record? What are Trump’s thoughts on limited government? What are Trump’s ideas for advocating for state’s rights? How will Trump respond to the tenet that “no persons should be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law?”
The vast number of voters in the primaries weren’t voting for him because he was a Republican, they voted for his brash personality and now those voters and the party-first politicians want you to vote for personality, too.
You will not be supporting the Republican Party by voting for Donald Trump. You will be supporting Donald Trump. He isn’t a Republican. He will lose handily to Clinton. Those politicians rallying around the presumptive nominee now, will find after the election in November, a tenuous relationship with their constituents going forward.