I want the President of the United States to succeed. Whether you want to admit it or not, Barack Obama is your President and he is my President. Come January, Donald Trump will be our shared President. We should want him to succeed.
Many of us who were opposed to Trump from the right found him to be personally unacceptable for a variety of reasons and all of us presume he has a lack of humility unbecoming any person’s character.
We just got beat. We just got proven wrong about a great many things. We should model the humility we think Trump does not have.
We are not selling out our principles by wishing Trump well and hoping for the best. We are not selling out our principles by giving him a chance and the benefit of a doubt — a benefit we did not give him when we turned out to be wrong about the election.
The American people disagreed with us. Be humble and recognize it was not because of racism or bigotry or bad motives. It was because people are fearful of the future and think no one in Washington has listened to them. Donald Trump has.
By the time this is over he will have outperformed Mitt Romney among blacks, hispanics, and blue collar voters. He clearly resonated in ways we do not appreciate.
It does no one any good for us to wish the President-elect ill. I wish him well. As he becomes the leader of this nation, scripture commands we pray for him. His election is God’s will. We should remember that. God is in charge. Trump is the instrument of His will.
Hoping for the best and giving him a chance reflects our principles. Doing so does not abandon our principles.