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)

There May Be One Major Reason Why a Third Party Is a Terrible Idea to Stop Trump

There may be one major, serious reason why those of us who will never vote for Trump should refrain from voting for a third party. No, the answer is not “because it would get Hillary elected.”

Hillary Clinton is going to be the President if Donald Trump is the Republican nominee. His unfavorables exceed hers. His level of untrustworthiness exceeds hers. One-third of the Republican will stay home. She has led him in just about every single poll. Hillary Clinton will be the President if Trump wins the nomination.

And that may be why we should not have a third party. There are a lot of media whores, has been politicians, washed up personalities, and bought off pundits backing Trump. They’ve convinced a segment of the American people that Trump is both inevitable and unstoppable.

If a third party rises up to take on Trump, they’ll be able to point out that this third party is to blame for Trump’s loss, not that Trump was always going to lose.

A lot of people need to be held accountable for the fraud being committed on angry, hurting voters. They’ve taken advantage of these voters’ anger and sympathies. A third party allows them to escape accountability and remain unscathed by the con-job they are helping pull over on the American people.

Frankly, a lot of careers should justifiably end when Trump loses to Hillary, but a third party effort against Trump will give them one more opportunity to lie, obfuscate, and escape accountability.

The odds of a third party candidate actually winning in November are not great. There are actually pretty good odds that the right candidate could come in second ahead of Donald Trump. But Hillary Clinton is going to be President with a Donald Trump nomination and the people who have helped Trump should not be given an excuse to get out of being blamed for what they have done.

Revolutions of the sort Trump is leading tend to go south and turn on those who struck the matches. Robespierre was led to the gallows of his own making. A third party just puts the wrong people on the gallows of blame ahead of those who truly deserve to be first in line.

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Erick Erickson

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