When I attended the Republican National Convention as an Alternate Delegate, I thought I would vote for Trump, however reluctantly. I never shared the sentiment that he was too harsh on immigration, I appreciated his aversion to antagonizing Russia, and his recent choice of Pence had given me hope for an improved, grounded, conservative campaign.
But after every obstacle was overcome and the nomination his, Trump made clear that he was no friend of conservatism. He immediately made war again with Ted Cruz, one of the conservative movement’s most valuable assets. He endorsed entrenched open-borders globalist John McCain over a worthy anti-amnesty challenger. He encouraged the practice of homosexuality, selling Gay Pride shirts on his website, promoting the destruction of lives for his own financial gain.
I do not submit these offenses as disqualifying in and of themselves. Nominee Romney was a moderate, Nominee McCain a liberal, and both still may have deserved support against the radical leftist they ran against. But they were widely known for what they were, labeled clearly as representative of the left wing of the Republican Party. Trump is considered a hardliner despite having proven just as liberal, utterly unfaithful to the best policies he espouses. It is not that he could not accomplish the best of what he proposes, it is that he gives us no reason to think him willing to see his words come into fruition.
Thus, in Trump, we have more-than-usual controversy without the follow-through that makes it worthwhile; we experience the loss of political capital that accompanies any sincere effort we could make, and we don’t gain it back when the public sees our policies succeed, because the policies were never passed at all. We are placing a likely enemy combatant at our front lines because he can so loudly shout “Charge!”
Unlike the last two progressives we nominated, Trump’s election is unlikely to provide a climate for the continued cultivation of a principled anti-establishment conservative wing of the party. The collusion of his delegates with the establishment manifest (the RNC) to suppress the grassroots at the convention should discount hopes that Trump would oppose the party machine in any meaningful, productive way. His personal political brand causes division, confusion, and alienation among Republicans of all stripes, bolstering the opposition just as it seemed ready to falter.
I do not know whether the country would suffer more under an unmasked socialist or a masked progressive. The worst damages are often long-term, and only speculation can fill in the two dark paths set before us. What is clear is that the consequences of electing either Trump or Clinton would be disastrous. Let us bear no responsibility for calamity. There is no benefit.
Previously, he has served as Vermont State Director of Millennials for Ted Cruz, and campaigned for him in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Indiana.He also worked to elect Ken Cuccinelli (VA Governor-2013), Frank Guinta (NH U.S. Rep.-2014), and Bryce Reeves (VA State Senate-2015), as well as against the campaign of then-incumbent Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC).