We hear you. You’re mad that your guy is losing. We understand. Our’s already lost months ago to your guy, so we feel your pain. It causes anger and the need for someone to blame. Who better to point the finger at than the “vote your conscience” crowd? But we are not to blame for seeing what you have been too blind to see; that Trump is not worth selling out your principles.
You have continued to attack us as “arrogant, sanctimonious, self-righteous, sore losers, a crybaby, and bad sports” who should “pick our toys up and go home.” You believe we are to blame because we are mad our guy lost and haven’t gotten over it. Unfortunately, Sean, your basic premise is flawed. We don’t oppose him because we are sore, we oppose him because we don’t believe he is a better choice than Hillary. He is not a conservative, and we’re not sure he is even a Republican. Can you blame us for wanting no part in his horrendous behavior towards women? Should we ignore his support for Planned Parenthood? Or his donations to the Clintons? Or his abuse of eminent domain? Should we sacrifice our “self-righteous” principles and ignore his support for gun control, higher taxes, and socialized medicine?
It is very hard to believe, Sean, that you haven’t heard this argument from us before. No one from the National Review, for instance… Jonah Goldberg? You haven’t heard Glenn Beck disagree with Trump’s principles? Ben Shapiro? The Wall Street Journal? I’m sure you have heard it. If you have, then what you are really asking from us is to dismiss our minds. You see, we came to the conclusion that Donald Trump is a bad choice on our own. Therefore, to ask us to join the Trump team is to ask us to sacrifice our minds for YOUR cause. Not a cause WE believe in. Now look at yourself in the mirror. Isn’t that exactly what you did? Isn’t that what you really mean when you state that you are honoring the promise that you would support the Republican nominee, no matter who? That’s no badge of honor! That was you declaring to the country that you would ignore any and all principles, if necessary, for the sake of supporting the letter R.
Think about it from another perspective. Trump doesn’t represent us in any way. On top of that, he hasn’t looked like he could beat Hillary from the beginning. The polls have never showed he could win. Why would we ever support a losing proposition we don’t believe in, who will destroy the Republican brand in the process? How will he destroy it? For years, the left has been trying to portray anyone on the right as selfish, greedy, bigoted pigs. Until Trump came along, it had only been a straw man. Now they can simply confirm the caricature by pointing to the orange, grumpy, billionaire bellowing on the stage.
I have a question for you, Sean. Since it is our fault that Trump is losing – because we are sticking to our principles at a time like this – whose principles should we consider safer to follow, if not our own?
Oh, and one last thing. You said last week, “You own Hillary Clinton. National Review, you own it. Glenn Beck, you own it. Ted Cruz, you own it… She wins, I’m blaming all of you, you own all of her policies.” You can choose to place blame anywhere you want, Sean, but doing so will have no effect on us. We who stick to our principles; we who use our OWN minds to guide us; we who think for ourselves — why would we ever accept that our integrity, our virtue, our worth is at the mercy of your blame?