Editor’s note: I was recently told by a family member that the reason I’m #NeverTrump is because of his obnoxious “TV persona” as opposed to the actual “substance” of his campaign. This post (and in fact this entire website) was my response. Feel free to fact check anything here, it’s all accurate.
My opposition to Donald Trump’s candidacy is about much more than just his TV persona and his divorces. Oh my. So much more. For the sake of argument let’s, for a minute, discount his past behavior. That means ignoring the following:
His Past Behavior
Five bankruptcies (for a guy whose main claim to fame is his “genius” business mind), multiple divorces (and disgusting behavior on his part that led to them), the TV persona, his fake alpha male, fake tough guy, fake testosterone “I’m a better man than you” routine which makes me sick, running Atlantic City into the ground, RAMPANT support for eminent domain (which I HATE) when the only “public good” is for citizens named Donald Trump – despite running as the nominee of the party that supposedly cares about individual rights!
But wait, there’s more…
The Trump University scam, vitamin scam, multiple brands the he blessed with his name being run terribly, usage of illegal immigrants to build Trump Tower, being obsessed with Obama’s birth certificate and making it a campaign issue in 2012 (not even 2008 when it might have mattered!), being open to the idea that autism might be related to vaccines along with 9/11 conspiracy theories, opening up a mortgage company in (late!) 2006, contributing money to Democrats and Republicans including to HILLARY CLINTON HERSELF IN 2008!! Saying that Hillary is a “great” Secretary of State… AFTER THE LIBYA MESS!!!!! And on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on…
But let’s discount that. Let’s JUST talk about what he SAYS he’s going to do. Let’s assume for a minute that he BELIEVES ANY of what he says. He’s suddenly pro-life, he suddenly loves the Bible, he suddenly cares about the border. After 70 years he’s suddenly a born-again Republican. All of these things he’s suddenly so passionate about…let’s examine his “platform” and see if I agree with what he wants to do:
Let’s start with the most basic thing a President needs to do. Keep us from being murdered by foreign states. His plan for keeping us safe is to…………
…ban Muslims? That’s Trump’s plan? Actually is that even his plan anymore? How will he determine who a Muslim is, exactly? He will order the military to kill wives and children of terrorists? Does it matter that that’s an ACTUAL war crime? He wants to get out of NATO? He thinks we shouldn’t have soldiers in Germany and South Korea? That Japan and Saudi Arabia should get their own nukes? Is he #$%#$^ING KIDDING ME???? The US is no longer interested in nuclear non-proliferation for the first time since…1945? This is actual insanity.
Then he wants to “bomb the $#!% out of ISIS” and wipe them out – but not commit ground soldiers. This is impossible. He also wants to “take the oil” from Iraq and Syria where ISIS is. Also without ground troops somehow. How will he defend the oil fields while the oil is being loaded onto the trucks? Who knows. This is impossible. And also immoral.
And that’s aside from his incoherence on the “nuclear triad” and on literally EVERY. SINGLE. QUESTION he has even been asked about foreign policy or national defense. I watched every Republican debate except for one. He knows nothing. And his “foreign policy team” (I’ll hire the best people, the best) includes a kid who lists Model UN as a major accomplishment. In 2012!!!!! Another guy on his team is a Lebanese former militia man who may have been involved in the Sabra and Shatila massacres. He’s not hiring the best people. He’s NOT. He’s hiring the WORST people!!! And his incoherence on these issues make it clear that he’s unfit to be Commander-in-Chief.
Israel and the Middle East
Which brings me to the Middle East. Trump says that “no one is more pro-Israel” than he is because he was the Grand Marshal of the Israel Day Parade in 2004, which he claims was a “dangerous” time to be pro-Israel. What is he even talking about? But anyway…up until his AIPAC speech, his position on Israel was to be neutral. Let’s even assume that he has “evolved” on this topic over the past…..month? Two months? Whatever.
His Middle East policy of non-intervention and his general attitude towards our allies would make things EXPONENTIALLY worse for Israel and for us. He wouldn’t have done the Iran deal, but now thinks we need to keep it. His abandonment of Egypt, Jordan and other moderate Arab nations means they will have to get their own nukes to counter Iran’s program. It means we will cede these countries into Russia or China’s sphere of influence. Hello Cold War Part Deux!
Trump’s abandonment of “nation building” means that any country we destroy during his supposedly “vicious” attacks on ISIS will become failed states (like what happened to Iraq after we left THANKS OBAMA!!!) and breeding grounds for fanatics. Bad for Israel. Bad for democracy. Bad for stability. Bad for America. JUST BAD BAD BAD.
He wants to “eliminate the deficit” by cutting taxes in the biggest tax cut ever. How will that eliminate the deficit (when his tax cuts will apparently add $10 trillion to it)? Economic growth “like you wouldn’t believe.” Look I love tax cuts. But for his plan to work, economic growth would have to be about 20% per year. I don’t think I need to tell you that is not only impossible, but would destroy the economy and run up inflation to the point that a loaf of bread would end up costing around $100. “Like you wouldn’t believe” indeed. No thanks. And actually on second thought…his tax plan is actually WORSE than Hillary’s.
How about his signature issue, illegal immigration? He wants to build a wall with Mexico that Mexico will pay for. This is impossible. Then, he wants to deport 11 million people. Impossible. But what’s even worse is that he then wants to let a lot of them back in because his “big beautiful wall” will have a “big beautiful door” in it!!! What????? Huh????
Trump wants to stop “China and Mexico” from “winning” all the time. Let’s forget for a moment that he could right now bring hundreds of jobs back to America without any red tape or Congressional approval…say by opening a Trump tie factory in Utah. Why doesn’t he just do that? Pay minimum wage. Just show people you’re serious about ANYTHING YOU ARE SAYING. ANYTHING. ANYTHING!!!!! But I digress.
What’s his plan to solve the trade deficit? Freeze Western Union payments to Mexico. Impose a massive tariff on imported goods from China. The first idea is impossible and insane and communist. The second idea…you want your prices on goods made in China to increase by roughly 45%? iPhones? Computers? Cars? Garlic? That would destroy the economy. Half the country would not be able to make ends meet…or companies would go bankrupt trying to make ends meet and lay off millions of people. Also, this is basically communism, did I mention that already?
He’s going to get rid of Obamacare and replace it with…what? Single payer system? He doesn’t want people “dying in the streets” – so is he guaranteeing them coverage? Isn’t that Obamacare? Lines around the states? Opening up coverage across state lines and increasing competition? Uh, ok. But that’s not going to be enough at this point to undo the last seven years of skyrocketing premiums. They should have done this in 2009 – when Republicans supported that plus tort reform being included in any healthcare legislation. Now, it’s too late to just fall back on seven year old ideas. No serious plan here. At all.
Abortion, Gay Marriage, 2nd Amendment
Social issues…he thinks women should be punished for getting abortions. But he’s pro-choice. Wait, no he isn’t, he’s pro-life. But he supports Planned Parenthood. Gay marriage, guns, what does he think about them? Who will he appoint as Supreme Court justices? Does he even know? He thinks judges “sign bills” and thinks his sister would make a great Supreme Court justice. She’s a huge liberal. But then he says he doesn’t want her to be on the Court. And then he talks about gun control with the NRA.
Whatever, I don’t care anyway because I’m pretty agnostic on this stuff. I wish the government would just let us be without telling us what to do. I only bring it up because no one, not you, not his supporters, not EVEN TRUMP knows where he stands on these issues. How can you consider voting for someone who himself doesn’t know where he stands on the issues? I do not know the answer to this question.
His Current Behavior
And let’s not give Trump a complete pass on his temperament and behavior. I promised I wouldn’t talk about his TV persona, etc. here and I won’t. Just his behavior during the campaign.
Trump keeps saying he can be “more presidential than anyone but Lincoln”. He can’t. He is unable to resist the urge to respond to any and every perceived slight. Judges, reporters, the handicapped, no one escapes this guy’s ire.
Do you want this guy dealing with world leaders? Putin? Kim Jong Un? Whoever or whatever is in charge of China? I can’t put it past him to tweet a nasty comment @Rouhani or @Sisi or @Trudeau or @WhoeverReallyRunsChina, if trade talks go poorly or if a once-in-a-generation crisis rears its ugly head. Can you? He’s just not responsible. He won’t unite the country. He will shoot off at the mouth every single time because he is, always has been and always will be, a tactless oaf. I cannot take that risk.
People who want to vote for Trump often tell me they “don’t believe he’ll be able to do half the things he says, but if he does any of them we’ll be better off than we are now.” WRONG. He won’t be able to do ANY of what he says because a) he doesn’t really believe in what he says, b) they’re mostly illegal under US law and c) voting for someone because you DON’T BELIEVE THEY WILL DO WHAT THEY SAY IS THE DUMBEST REASON TO VOTE FOR ANYONE IN HISTORY. AND!!!! Even if he COULD do…ANY OF THESE THINGS, they would almost ALL be terrible for the United States and the rest of the world! None of it is good or practical or realistic or possible! None!!
Worst. Election. Ever.
Have you gotten this far? Still reading? Great.
Because know this…I have been waiting for this election since 2008. Everyone knew Obama would win a re-election in 2012. Getting Bin Laden guaranteed it. And I knew that Hillary would almost certainly be coronated in 2016. And I have been waiting…for almost eight years to VOTE AGAINST HER.
With Romney as the nominee in 2012 and the Party moving closer to the center (here comes Rubio! Here comes Jeb! Here comes Kasich! Here comes Christie!) at least with how it communicates its positions…I couldn’t WAIT to see her wiped out in November. Couldn’t WAIT to see her day of reckoning for all the scandals and Benghazi and her embrace of Suha Arafat 20 years ago and her miserable turn as Secretary of State and then the emails…oh how excited I was to see a socially centrist, fiscal conservative, strong national defense candidate EAT HER FOR LUNCH during the debates and finally put an end to the social issue fear mongering of the Democratic Party once and for all.
I thought Jews, after eight years of Obama screwing up the Middle East and stabbing Israel in the back would be able to rally behind a moderate Republican and once and for all break the Democratic Party’s dominance of the Jewish vote (thereby showing them that abandoning Israel costs them votes!!!) going all the way back to FDR, who sat by and let 6 million of us get gassed and incinerated…
…and instead I’m going to have to not only vote for her, but ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO DO THE SAME. Do you know how hard this is for me? Do you have any idea?
Embrace The Horror
Hillary is terrible candidate, but at least she’s a responsible, well-educated person, with a voting record and literally the most experience a person could have going into a presidency. Truthfully her platform isn’t THAT bad for a Democrat, her tax plan wouldn’t affect me personally, even if I don’t think it will make any difference without serious entitlement reform. Her social issues? Eh. Those aren’t issues I vote on. And frankly, what does abortion or gay marriage matter when under a President Trump, Middle Eastern countries are arming themselves with nukes and pulling us into World War 3?
And her foreign policy positions are OK. They’re stronger than Obama’s and I’ve read a lot of articles that talk about how she was always pushing him to be more aggressive on the Arab Spring and stronger in the Middle East. He just didn’t listen because he SUCKS. None of it is anywhere CLOSE to what I want…but at least I know what it is and it should be an incremental improvement over what we have now. $15 an hour minimum wage, free college tuition, blah blah. That’s (hopefully) just to appeal to Sanders gullible voters. Whatever. These are just policy differences with a politician who has a record as a lifelong moderate. Email servers and Benghazi? Two years of investigations haven’t been able to prove anything. And at least I know that in a crisis she would at least think for more than 5 seconds before pushing the button. That alone makes her vastly superior to Trump.
I don’t like Hillary Clinton. I just don’t LIKE her. I don’t TRUST her. I never have. And I REALLY don’t like her Party and the direction it is going. And I can’t stand the fact that with her, the things I prioritize are buried under 100 tons of things she prioritizes that I don’t. But now, I have to hope she wins and does the right thing once she gets into the oval office.
That means doing whatever I can do help that happen. Staying home and not voting is not enough. Wasting my vote on a third party candidate is not enough.
Because for all the reasons I outlined above – and about 1,000 more – I am now and will forever be #NeverTrump. #NeverTrump means never. NEVER. And unlike the frauds in the conservative media or Party “leaders” who use that hashtag as a way to stir up support, I absolutely mean it.
-Liran K, Republican voter since 2004
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