I don’t like Donald Trump.
I argued and voted against him in the primary, but when he became the Republican nominee, I knew I would be voting for him.
I never fell for the moral superiority argument of the Never Trump wing because I knew that Hillary Clinton was horribly corrupt and that she would pack the Supreme Court with far-left judges who would further erode the Bill of Rights. I was always confused by my conservative allies who refused to vote Trump. Yes, there were plenty of legitimate criticisms of his shortcomings, but next to Hillary’s proven track record in government, there was no comparison.
Now with the events of the last few weeks clearly showing horrible DNC corruption, severe mainstream media collusion, a completely compromised Department of Justice, and an FBI that is having an internal revolt to save its credibility, there is simply no way to rationalize conservative opposition to Trump.
Again, this does not mean you can’t have problems with the man, I still do, and it does not mean you can’t criticize him when he is wrong, but pretending like crass comments are worse than destroying the rule of law for political gain is madness.
If you’re a Never Trump conservative it’s time to come home.
It sucks to lose. It’s easy to want to pick up your toys and go home, especially when you can justify it with some self-righteous moralizing. We conservatives have been in the GOP driver’s seat for decades now. I don’t like the idea that Trump may signal a shift away from small-government constitutional conservatism by the Republican base, and sure it’s tempting to stand above it all and talk about how principled and superior my positions are.
There’s just one problem, I actually care about conserving things.
Free speech and religious liberty are under constant assault, and I care conserving the 1st Amendment. The Supreme Court is one vote away from denying that an individual has a fundamental right to own a gun, and I care about conserving the 2nd Amendment.
Innocent children are still being killed in the womb, and I still care about having pro-life Justices. Hillary Clinton is avoiding criminal prosecution because President Obama’s DOJ is trying to stop the FBI at every turn, and I still care about the rule of law.
The last one can not be emphasized enough. Hillary is avoiding criminal prosecution because the sitting President wants her to win the election.
We cannot live in a county where political allies of the current leader are above the law. We can not become a banana republic because we don’t like Donald Trump.
The election of Clinton could lead to a very real constitutional crisis. A president entering office while still under federal investigation is without precedent. How would further investigation be handled? How can we trust a clearly corrupt leader to keep the process transparent and above reproach? How could the American public ever have faith that our leaders are not above the law?
Hillary’s endless scandals are finally starting to move the polls. In a turn that no TV writer could have dreamed up, the pedophilia of Anthony Weiner may end up being what stops America from electing the most corrupt president we have ever known.
When Trump was 10 points behind in the polls you might have been able to make the argument that withholding your vote didn’t matter, but that excuse has completely evaporated. The revelations of Clinton’s naked corruption have made this a neck-and-neck race and the conservative Never Trump holdouts could make all the difference.
Dislike Trump all you like, criticize him when he is wrong, but do not allow Hillary Clinton to destroy the things you claim to want to conserve out of spite.
Justin Martin is host of The Justin Martin Show. Follow him on twitter.