I Have Held My Nose Long Enough

In 2008, I held my nose and voted for John McCain. “If you don’t vote for him, Barack Obama will win,” they said. Barack Obama won anyway.

In 2012, I held my nose and voted for Mitt Romney. “If you don’t vote for him, Barack Obama will win,” they said. Barack Obama won anyway.

Now in 2016, they tell me if I don’t vote for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton will win. I suspect she will anyway. But I am done holding my nose for a Republican candidate.

I could do so with Romney and McCain because, at the end of the day, though I disagreed with them on a lot of policy, I did not think either was a profoundly immoral person who reveled in sin.

Donald Trump is different. The man rolls around in his sins like a pig in mud. And in the process he gets all his supporters muddy too. No one enters Trump’s orbit without getting stained. Pastors suddenly think God is off his throne and the only way to get him back is to vote for a man who supports gay marriage and men in their daughters’ bathrooms. Pro-life activists demand we vote for a man who wants to keep open Planned Parenthood. Small government conservatives demand we support a man who wants a powerful Presidency and a strong Washington. Free trade Republicans demand we vote for a protectionist who would punish any business that sets up shop elsewhere. Border security Republicans demand we vote for a man who hired illegal aliens for cheap labor and who, until he ran for President, supported open borders.

Enough.

I’m not holding my nose for a Republican candidate for President who is not a Republican. I will not hold my nose and vote for a man who funded the Clinton machine for years and had them at his wedding. I will not vote for a man who funded Democrats against Republicans then funded establishment Republicans against conservatives. I will not hold my nose for a man who mocks the values I hold dear. I will not hold my nose and vote for a man who mocks my God.

And I tell you this truthfully — if you vote for Donald Trump, do not ever expect a better candidate. Support for Trump sets a threshold for immoral cretins running for office. If he can get your vote, they can get your vote. You will find no better candidate in the future if Trump is who you support now.

Donald Trump has no virtue. He has no good character. And he has provided no good argument for me to vote for him other than that he is not Clinton. He’s just a Clinton donor who is as morally flawed and terrible as her.

When confronted by two evils, choose neither or embolden evil by choosing it in one of two forms.

I have held my nose long enough for Republican candidates. I will hold my nose no longer.

I voted for Evan McMullin and you should too. It is not a vote for Hillary Clinton, as Trump supporters claim. Voting for Evan McMullin is a vote for a Republican, not a Clinton donor. Voting for Evan McMullin is opting against a compromise with evil in favor of a good, moral person. Voting for Evan McMullin sends a very strong signal that we will not settle for reckless, morally challenged candidates who revel in their sins.

A vote for Evan McMullin is a line in the sand that we refuse to abandon all our values and all our issues merely in the name of party loyalty. Of all the things we can compromise, our integrity should be the one thing we will never compromise. A vote for Evan McMullin is a vote for integrity over moral relativism.

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Erick Erickson

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