Republicans Must Defeat Trump in November

PF 3 by Linda Chavez

FYR_LindaChavez_t700Donald Trump is now the presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican Party. I could not have imagined writing that sentence even a few short weeks ago, and it fills me with despair. How have we come to this point, and how do we move forward?

I have said it often enough, but it bears repeating: I will not vote for Donald Trump for president. There are millions like me. We fully understand the consequences — another four years of a Democrat in the White House — even if we do not like them.

Though I can only speak for myself, I think my sentiments are widely shared. I am an American first, a conservative second and a Republican a distant third. If Donald Trump is the face of the Republican Party, I want no part of it.

This goes beyond policy differences. Trump’s positions on trade, immigration, health care, entitlements and foreign policy (muddled and confusing as they are) are mostly anathema to me. But it is the man’s character, first and foremost, that makes it impossible for me to put aside my differences.

I was fully prepared to support Ted Cruz, whose position on immigration I vehemently disagree with and whose style I found off-putting. But Trump is unfit in every way to be president. He has neither the intellect nor the discipline to learn what is necessary to occupy the office. More importantly, his temperament is all wrong. He’s vindictive, mean-spirited, vain and unpredictable. He will never put the interests of the country before his own.

He wraps himself in red, white and blue and slogans of making America great again, but what has he ever done for this country? While young men of his generation were fighting and dying, and, as in the case of John McCain, being tortured for their country, Donald Trump was bedding down as many women as he could despite his fear of contracting a venereal disease. “It is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave soldier,” he told shock jock Howard Stern, explaining that he made sure the women he had sex with were checked out by his own personal doctor. And this is the man who had the nerve to say John McCain was no hero!

On the very day he tied up the nomination by winning all of Indiana’s 57 delegates, Trump was on the campaign stump spreading vicious, unsubstantiated, libelous allegations against Ted Cruz’s father, suggesting Rafael Cruz was an associate of John F. Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. He’s insulted women, Hispanics, blacks, Jews, even his own supporters. Remember his “I love the poorly educated” line? There is no limit to his depredations.

Reince Priebus, the chairman of the GOP, now wants Republicans to fall in line and support Trump. But doing so will doom the Republican Party — and worse, the country. Thankfully, not all GOP leaders are falling in line, most notably Speaker Paul Ryan, who said Thursday he was not yet ready to endorse Trump.

I don’t think Trump can win the election, but I am not nearly as confident as I once was in that prediction. The best way to ensure it doesn’t happen is for those of us who think Trump is unfit to be president to withhold support from him. That means not donating to the Republican National Committee as well as leaving the top of the ticket blank when we go into the polling booth in November. There are plenty of good Republican candidates worthy of support. Give to their campaigns directly — so long as they don’t tie themselves to Trump too closely.

If the Republican Party is to regain its soul, it is important that Donald Trump be defeated resoundingly. This should be a landslide repudiation, not a tepid one. When the votes are tallied in each state, it is important that Trump’s totals are lower than the totals of other Republicans on the ticket, not simply to save the Senate and House and other down-ticket Republican candidates but to send a clear message: Hillary Clinton did not defeat Donald Trump; Republicans refused to vote for him.

Linda Chavez is the author of “An Unlikely Conservative: The Transformation of an Ex-Liberal.” To find out more about Linda Chavez, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

11 Comments

  1. Linda is 100% correct. There is no difference between Mr. Trump’s policies and Hillary Clinton’s policies. I will never vote for liberal Democrat. Is Mr. Trump odious character and vile contact her in the campaign that is wholly destructive to the Republican Party that will force me to leave a presidential choice blank.

  2. Reign in your little Latino terrorists and I might have more sympathy for your stance. You are as arrogant as the Moslems. The only flag waved here is American, unless it’s St Pat’s day. The only allegiance here is to America and Americans. Don’t like it, leave. We won’t lie down and roll over as Europe has done. No border equals no nation.

  3. True. It would be a bad thing whether Trump won or lost. Whatever negative consequence arose from his actions as president, If Republicans back him, they will OWN them. And when you consider the character and the self-interested orientation of the man, is there any reason to suppose he won’t like Obama and in his wake, stretch executive action beyond distortion of constitutional authorization? Delegates and really all Republicans, constitutional conservatives in particular, should see IN brightly flashing red light about him: DISASTER! DISASTER! DISASTER!… DI…

    And incidentally, I personally am interested with what about Cruz’ immigration policy you vehemently disagree. When you spell it out, his immigration policy is enforcement of the law. You really think non-enforcement of the law is preferable, especially from someone running to be the nation’s chief law enforcement officer? Do you think there is some other animus involved? If so, what? I know some people DO believe that, which particularly in his case, I find peculiar and not credible. If the law were changed, I expect he would support the new law. But I don’t expect he would support MAKING the change if it involved reward of law violation or circumvention. I can’t imagine what one would see in Cruz that involved animus to any particular demographic identity. He’s quite morally trained and smart enough to recognize that as simply immoral.

  4. EVERYONE, PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH ALL YOUR FRIENDS!!

    We must Not Allow Our Government to Get Behind This Moronic Idiot.

    #TRUMPTRASH will Further Destroy Our FREE AMERICA!

    #TEDCRUZ2016 is Still on the Ballots, he “SUSPENDED, Not Dropped out..

    #TRUMPTRASH THINKS he has Won..
    He Forgets that he STILL has to Reach 1237.

    We, the MAJORITY want OUR Voices Heard.

    I will NOT Allow Democrats that Crossed over to Vote for #TRUMPTRASH (and then go Vote Hillary in the GE)
    to MAKE MY Choice in Who WE Want!

    We must Also Let Reince Pribius and Paul Ryan KNOW that We will Not Allow THEM to Make OUR Choice..

    I don’t Care How Many of Those in WASHINGTON Stand Behind Trump..

    Remember that WE Fought with Trumpers and For TED CRUZ Because HE Believes in OUR Conservative Values.
    He is NOT a Part of the Establishment.

    Although NOW, #TRUMPTRASH Wants ALL the ESTABLISHMENT to get Behind HIM..

    He has Also Tried to find a VP, and is having trouble Finding one, so guess what, (all those times that Trump Railed against Cruz, saying HE was Establishment), well, Now Trump is having to Look for an Establishment VP,,,

    He has Also said that he could even Possibly go with a Democrat VP,,, That’s right, he said it…

    THAT in itself Speaks Volumes on him being a TOTAL “DIMOCRAT”!!

    POST THIS ON ALL THE PAGES OF THOSE THAT ARE UP FOR RE-ELECTION.
    ALSO ON THE PAGES OF Reince & Ryan!

    John McCain has been Worried about What to do, because HE is up for re-election in Arizona… This Morning he said he too would get behind Trump..

    #TEDCRUZ is Still on the Ballots
    Let’s Get him to CLEVELAND!!

    PLEASE SHARE TO ALL YOUR CRUZERS!!

    DON’T FORGET TO SIGN THE PETITION…. 🙂

    https://www.change.org/p/usa-usa-for-ted-cruz-write-in?recruiter=6680291&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_page&utm_term=des-lg-signature_receipt-custom_msg&fb_ref=Default

  5. Trump is the Republican nominee. YOU are supposedly a Republican. Whether you “like” him or not, you should support him……. if not, why not just call yourself a Democrat b/c you will be doing your part to elect Hillary. SHAME ON YOU!!!
    If Cruz or Kasich or Rubio had won – none of which I was thrilled over, I STILL would have voted for any of them BECAUSE THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR COUNTRY!!!!

  6. YOU ARE A WACK JOB. I HAD A LOT OF RESPECT FOR YOU BEFORE THIS, BUT NO LONGER. THERE IS SOMETHING SICK ABOUT YOUR BELIEF IN HOLDING BACK AND NOT VOTING. THE DISASTERS THAT HAVE RUN IN PRIOR YEARS, WHAT WAS YOUR POSITION. YES, I’M QUITE SURE YOU ARE A BUSHY. NOW HE WAS A DISASTER, I SUPPORTED HIM AND WALKED THE STREETS FOR HIM. JOHN MCCAIN, NOW THERE WAS A REAL LOSER. GANG OD EIGHT, BIG ON WAR, SMALL ON IMMIGRATION. AND THEN THERE IS DEAR OLD MITT. SUCH A SORRY CAMPAIGNER. HE LET OBAMA WALK ALL OVER HIM. YOU GO AHEAD AND SIT OUT, WE DON’T NEED YOU.

  7. Trump will not destroy the Republican Party, people like yourself already have. That is why an outsider like him kicked his opponents butts. I left the party years ago when it became obvious you didn’t know what you were doing. We need a new approach and term limits NOW.

  8. I agree with Linda’s assessment of Trump’s temperament, intellect and most other comments. I dislike Trump as much as she does if not more. Where Linda and many others are wrong is in the premise that the consequence of Trump Losing (or we defeating him) is JUST for more year of a Democrat (by the way just as incompetent as Trump). No the consequences are much more serious. It is likely that the next president will appoint up to three Supreme Court Justices and this more than any damage a Democrat president may cause, is the biggest and most damaging CONSEQUENCE. As most of us know the Liberals achieve their goals any way they can, and using the courts is their last resort. Handing the court to the liberals will really be the end of the Conservative movement in the United States.

    I find it irresponsible and irrational, to call for the for the defeat of the “Republican” candidate even if you dislike, disapprove, hate, detest, loath him. I cannot find the noun to express my dislike of Trump, but If one is REALLY

  9. I agree with Linda’s assessment of Trump’s temperament, intellect and most other comments. I dislike Trump as much as she does, if not more. Where Linda and many others are wrong is in the premise that the consequence of Trump Losing (or we defeating him) is JUST four more year of a Democrat (by the way just as incompetent as Trump). No, the consequences are much more serious. It is likely that the next president, will appoint up to three Supreme Court Justices and this more than any damage a Democrat president may cause. This is the biggest and most damaging CONSEQUENCE. As most of us know the Liberals achieve their goals any way they can, and using the courts is their last resort. Handing the supreme court to the liberals, will really be the end of the Conservative movement in the United States.

    I find it irresponsible and irrational, to call for the for the defeat of the “Republican” candidate even if you dislike, disapprove, hate, detest, loath him. I cannot find the noun to express my dislike of Trump, but If you call yourself an American and a Conservative you have to “eat” your pride and vote to defeat Bill Clinton’s wife and their Liberal agenda. Instead of calling for the defeat of Trump ,call for the defeat of the Democrat agenda this year and hopefully in four years the Republican party will get its act together and postulate a candidate that we all can wholeheartedly support, but in 2016 is not about voting for Donald Trump, it is voting against Bill Clinton’s wife.

  10. I am one of those Mex-Am’s that can not bear the idea of Hillary being in the Presidential Office, just makes me sick! But like Linda, I have to say that never in this lifetime, will I vote for a down and outright racist like Donald Trump. I will vote in this election cycle, and will have to struggle with the thought, that my vote “may” go to Gary Johnson. I even know that it maybe a wasted vote (stranger things have happen), in that Gary could ever be President, but may my vote be a vote against the Republican Party, and Trump. Maybe a better idea, is to write in Jeb Bush, still like the guy! But never Trump!

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