I’m not proud to admit that I was sitting in my own little #NeverTrump camp before it became cool. Back in July, 2015, less than a month after Donald Trump announced that he was running for President, I had researched and listened to every speech I could get my hands on before concluding that he really had no viable solutions to many of the problems that face the country. The reason that this brings me no pride is that being right or wrong is infinitesimal compared to the damage that he could do if he’s not stopped before or during the Republican convention. He must not be the GOP nominee.
With that said, I’m reminded every day that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are absolute disasters waiting to happen to the United States. As a conservative, I have a natural tendency to be skeptical of liberals, but both Clinton and Sanders utterly terrify me. As bad as President Barack Obama has been for the country and the world since taking office, his reign will pale when compared to the havoc that Clinton or Sanders will wreak on this nation. Obama has been destructive. Sanders or Clinton are existential threats.
I’m not 100% convinced that Trump would not be worse than Clinton or Sanders. He may very well be considering that his liberal stances are, well, liberal, and his conservative stances are, for the most part, untenable. I am, however, 100% convinced that either Sanders or Clinton will be disasters. If I were a betting man, I’d rather put the country in the hands of Trump than either Clinton or Sanders. With Trump, there’s a distinct chance that he will destroy the country. With Clinton or Sanders, it’s certain.
Perhaps the most important component that few are discussing in this nominating process is the down ticket effect of Trump. If he’s the nominee, we will almost certainly lose the Senate and there’s even a chance we could lose the House. The protest vote to contain Trump by taking away the power of the purse from his party will have earthshaking effects on every ballot and anyone with the letter (R) next to their name. While Trump has the most passionate supporters, he also has the most passionate detractors.
This leaves us with the worst possible scenario: Clinton/Sanders and Democratic control of Congress. This more than anything that Trump could do as President is why it’s imperative that no matter how much we dislike Trump, Clinton or Sanders cannot be allowed to win. There is no valid argument for forcing a Trump loss if he’s nominated. He has an uphill battle already. Hampering it out of principle will do more damage than Trump’s nomination itself.
This isn’t a call to support Trump today. If the worst case scenario is Clinton/Sanders with control of Congress, then the best case scenario is Ted Cruz with control of Congress. This can happen. It’s within our reach. Just as I am calling on Republicans who oppose Trump to change their tune if he’s the nominee, so too am I calling on Trump’s supporters to unite with Cruz if he’s the nominee. If anyone else is the nominee, the battle is lost anyway, so I won’t even discuss that catastrophic possibility.
Today, there will be fighting between Cruz and Trump supporters, but at the end of the day we’re all on the same basic team. We all want America to thrive as it once did under Ronald Reagan and despite the hard feelings being formulated now, we have to unite against the common foe in November.