Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, seen in reflection, poses for a portrait following an interview with the Associated Press at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. Trump says that if he’s elected president, he’ll know within six months whether he can achieve an elusive peace accord between Israelis and Palestinians, one of the world’s most vexing challenges. But the Republican presidential candidate says he has doubts about each side’s commitment to the peace process. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

I Have Signed No Oath of Loyalty to Donald Trump or the GOP

Over the past twenty-four hours a sizable contingent of Trump supporters have emailed me to say I am obstructing “the will of the people.” What will is that exactly? Is that the will of more than half of Republicans who have not voted for Donald Trump in any state? Is that the will of the majority of Americans who have said they would oppose Donald Trump in a general election?

I have signed no oath of loyalty to Donald Trump or the GOP. The fact is very simple — Trump needs my vote. I do not need Trump, nor will I give Donald Trump my vote.

I am a conservative. I believe in limited governments, free markets, and free people. Donald Trump does not.

His values do not line up with my values. It is not an issues issue. I fundamentally disagreed with Mitt Romney and John McCain on issues, but I did not think either man a moral cretin.

I find Donald Trump to be a man of low moral character and low integrity. Essentially, Donald Trump is gold plated sleaze and I have no use for him at all ever.

If that means Hillary Clinton becomes President of the United States, Donald Trump’s supporters can carry that burden. Everyone saw it coming except for them. If they wish to transform the Republican Party into something it is not nor ever has been, then I will part ways with the GOP.

Just because some might sell out conservatism for gold plated sleaze stroking their egos or ratings does not mean we all will. I’m a Christian first and a conservative before I’m a Republican. I’m not willing to be bought off by a man looking for legitimacy through the acquisition of power when his values are diametrically opposed to mine.

Principle still matters to me. Donald Trump does not.

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Erick Erickson

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