To the “Never Trump” movement in the evangelical community who say they won’t vote for Trump, the ones who plan to not vote at all and “go fishing” on Election Day because of their displeasure that Trump and Clinton are viable candidates, here are my thoughts:
Donald Trump was not my choice, but he resonates with a segment of the populace so ticked off at the GOP’s politics as usual and the DNC’s lunacy that they want a pit bull candidate, a change agent, even if he has some major flaws. Historically, Trump has not had any record of consistency as it relates to core issues and values important to true conservatives. But today, he says he espouses those values.
It should be noted that Trump is garnering support from both sides of the aisle, including some black Americans, though blacks have historically and monolithically voted Democrat for 50-plus years. I believe those individuals are beginning to realize the Democratic Party has taken them for granted. And their beloved President Obama’s obvious love affair with the LGBT agenda doesn’t pass the smell test. They also see through Hillary Clinton’s supposed love for black America. You can only “talk black” for so long before it becomes obvious that you are disingenuous and condescending. Couple that with the fact that she’s an obvious liar (see Benghazi and the email server debacle, etc.), and anyone with a modicum of common sense can see that she is ill fitted for the Oval Office.
The pro-Trump blacks see the candidate as some type of bridge towards the GOP, though they may have not yet done their homework on the history of the party, specifically its roots in the abolition movement to free slaves.
With Hillary, you know exactly what you are getting: Liberal/socialist ideology that will wreak more havoc on America. With Trump, well, he’s an unknown with a checkered past. He says some of the right things, but his history says something else. He’s not a conservative; he’s a populist candidate with an off-putting temperament that causes some to pause. He’s not a part of the K Street crowd in Washington that typically holds power regardless of whether a Republican or a Democrat is in the Oval Office. While that may be a good thing, he has no true moral compass or standard in his ideology. So if he is elected, it just means a different set of “sack suits” would be running things and accomplishing the same usual outcome — more of the foolishness we’ve seen over the last nearly eight years on both sides of the aisle.
The people of America were looking for an outsider, a change agent, and they saw that in Trump. But the true change agent and outsider in my opinion was actually Ted Cruz, who is hated here in Washington by both the establishment GOP and the DNC. Some missteps by Cruz and bias from the mainstream media put the kibosh on his campaign.
A good friend and associate of mine here in D.C., who happens to be a black conservative pastor, has said he will vote on Election Day for the candidate opposing the Democrat Party’s candidate, even if he has to “relapse, take three shots of his at one time favorite libation, stagger into the voting booth, and hold his nose” while casting his vote for the candidate he thinks most likely to beat Hillary, “because two, maybe three SCOTUS justice seats are in play within the next four years, and the stakes for America’s future are that high.”
Come Election Day, I can tell you I won’t be voting for Hillary; that’s for sure. Third party candidates and write-ins, in my opinion, guarantee a Democratic win. And I would like to remind those who plan to “go fishing” on Election Day that that’s what happened in 2012, when an estimated 25 to 30 million evangelicals and conservative Christians did just that, guaranteeing Obama a second term. And look how that’s turned out – legalized same-sex “marriage,” transgender restrooms, 97 million Americans out of the workforce, a reduced and defanged military, and ObamaCare force-fed to the nation with little to no pushback from a GOP-held House and Senate.
At the GOP Convention in Cleveland next month, there may be some “gamesmanship” that will produce a candidate other than Trump. But whatever happens, and whoever vets, I plan to follow my pastor friend’s lead. Why? Because the stakes for America’s future are that high!