Being on a national #NeverTrump list, and sharing it with far more prominent Republicans than I am, has ensured that my emails and twitter mentions have stayed consistently busy over the last many weeks. I’m used to my share of mail as I’ve never been a political wallflower, but being thrust on a larger platform and with such a contentious topic has given me days and weeks of explosive and aggressive feedback.
On one hand, the vile and profane reaction from the “alt-right” has been exactly what one would imagine. If you haven’t heard of that term, let me urge you to do your homework, because if you are a Trump supporter (even a reluctant one) these are your bedfellows. And they embody every part of what is wrong with Trumpmania.
The “alt-right” was previously a small voice of racism that was easily ignored and shunned in politics. Now, with the Trump nomination, they have found a large seat at the table reserved for them, and have morphed into a viciously contemptible voice of anti-Semitism and a depraved but organized army of racism. Their marching orders are to attack #NeverTrumpers in order to protect who they refer to as their “Daddy.” (Yes, let that term settle.) And they feel as repulsed by those of us who they consider abandoning their “white race” by refusing to support “their daddy” as they do by people who happen to share a darker skin pigmentation.
On the other hand, I’ve also been met with support from far and wide within the Republican party, with voices who span the spectrum of conservatism. And… I’ve even heard from many voices outside of the Republican party. Democrats. I’m beginning to hear from Democrats who are sharing their admiration that I’m unwilling to put my name and efforts behind such a repulsive nominee as they admittedly struggle what to do with their own.
There is an increasing number of Democrats who feel almost as repulsed by their inevitable nominee as we feel about ours. We may differ greatly on points of policy. But we share the animosity of being bullied into supporting despicable people simply for the sake of “unity.” In fact, 55% of evenly mixed Republican and Democrat voters in a recent survey said they were highly dissatisfied with the two candidates and would like another candidate to choose from.
These are the people to whom I want to send out a message of appeal. Because while I thank you for messages of support and admiration that I’m unwilling to sacrifice my values for the sake of party, you’ll have your own vile animal at the top of your ballot soon.
Democrats, what if I told you that you could start your own #NeverHillary referendum? What if I told you that you could also put principle over party? What if I told you that you didn’t have to fall in line with this ridiculous game of playing which party could elect the worst POTUS?
The ironic thing about this entire election season is that the negative campaign ads are tragically ambidextrous. Take out the names of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and most negative ads could apply to either of them. One is guilty of aiding and abetting a man who preys on women and the other has his own laundry list of sexual assault accusations. Both are willing to do or say anything for more power and lie their way to the top. Each are thugs in their own right who have built their successes on a pile of scandals. Both operate with no moral compass, integrity, or basic sense of human decency.
We, as a nation, somehow managed to find the two most debauched and depraved human beings on the planet as each of our party’s nominees. Join me in making the decision to refuse to cooperate with either one of them.
One of these degenerates will win this election. But I say, let it be done by an embarrassingly low number. No mandate. Without the will of the people breathing wind into their sails.
Consider regaining the dignity of your own party and matching our #NeverTrump with a #NeverHillary. If the sheep are to be led to a slaughter, let it be done without all of our cooperation.