Balloons descend on delegates following Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's speech to delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

With Malice Toward None

Believe it or not, I get the Trump hate in both directions. It is a fascinating dynamic. Let me show you two emails I’ve received in the past 48 hours.

Here is the Trump supporter:

I bet you are all night long fantasizing that Senator Cruz would win the the Nebraska primary….Cruz juice rolling down the insides of your little fat gay thighs…! Can’t wait to hear you make a fool out of yourself again today the area Erickson Comedy Hour!

Here is the Trump opponent:

You can hide behind ‘Never Trump’, but plenty of us remember you once said you’d vote for him. He wouldn’t be where he is if people like you hadn’t created this situation.

I get more of the former than the latter, but I get both. I get more of the latter on Twitter from, most often, Rubio supporters who are upset I was ever willing to treat Trump as a legitimate candidate.

What I see more than anything right now, though, are conservatives deeply upset and disappointed by people now endorsing Donald Trump. I, on a daily basis, get attacked and threatened for not supporting Donald Trump. My advertisers get harassed. My poor program director deals with invective every day. Given the hate mail and calls on a daily basis I’m always surprised to still find out my show has any listeners at all, let alone is the number one talk show in drive time in Atlanta.

I don’t want to be like Trump supporters. I encounter very few Trump supporters who are gracious. And the ones I do encounter most often only wound up there after all their preferred candidates lost. They just want to beat Hillary Clinton. For twenty years Republicans have been programmed to beat the Clintons, who are supposed to be the devil incarnate.

I have lost friends because of my opposition to Trump. But I have no desire to write off friends who support Trump. I disagree with them, but I do understand where they are coming from. They desperately fear Hillary Clinton. They desperately want to beat her. I cannot bring myself to vote for Donald Trump because I find him temperamentally and morally unfit for the job. I could not look my children in the eyes if I had to tell them I voted for Donald Trump or for a woman who is okay with killing children.

I can’t do it. But I am sympathetic to those who will vote for Trump as a means to an end.

I am not willing to write off those who are trying now to be team players. It may make me less inclined to support them in a future race, but I just don’t have the energy to purge good people from a movement because they have always been and will always be team players.

I have a harder time with the con-men and charlatans who latched on to Team Trump early. I have a hard time with the pundits on television who have been as graceless and nasty on television as the Trump supporters on Twitter throughout the primary season. Those are the people I will be wary of in the future. It’s not a blacklist so much as confirmation that most of these people are who I always thought they were. Backing Trump in the primary just affirmed about many of them what I already thought. I will be wary of candidates who hire those people in the future.

There is, though, going to be a future. We are in uncharted territory now. Everyone is feeling their way about in the dark. I wish others, like Rick Perry and Bobby Jindal and Marco Rubio, etc. would take a strong stand against Trump. They know he is unfit for office. They have said so and I believe privately still think it. But I just can’t be mad at good men trying to be team players for the team they’ve always supported even when it hasn’t supported them back. I am disappointed in them, but have no ill will toward them. We are all trying to figure this out.

I hate to not be on the team for the first time since I started voting. I am exhausted by the daily nastiness of Trump supporters pouring into my phone lines on radio, email, and social media. I have no energy to reciprocate with that level of invective and I hope that those who, like me, are disappointed in team players will have malice toward none of them after this is over. Certainly, their jumping on the bandwagon may mean you don’t support them in the future. But I don’t think it means we should heap scorn on them or write them off.

What a frustrating time to be in politics on the right.

As a random aside in this rambling post, I commented to my producer tonight that the thing that really stands out to me about the behavior of Trump supporters is their lack of grace. If, for example, I had a change of heart on Trump in the future — not that I will — but if I did then decided to support him, I’d just get attacked by these same people as flipping because my ratings or income or something was put in jeopardy. There’d be no appreciation for the conversion. There’d be no “welcome aboard.”

It is the most bizarre cult of personality. Unless you were there in the beginning, you can never truly be a part of it. There’s no missional approach. It is just “covert or die” and conversion gets you nothing other than a twitter storm of hate for not doing it sooner. I’ve never seen anything like it. It is poisonous. So many people have embraced their leader’s own incivility. It’s like that Twilight Zone episode where the people put on masks and at midnight take them off and realize their faces have become the images on the masks. In this episode all the masks are of Donald Trump.

When this madness burns out, and it will burn out, it will be spectacular to see all the burned out lives and ruined careers in the cult. This won’t end well for most anyone. All I know for certain is that I do not want to ever get to the point in life where I behave the way these people behave and begin to justify behavior that should never be justified. Republicans said “character counts” against Bill Clinton. It should against Donald Trump too.

Here now is a further sampling of what I get by email on a daily basis these days.

you have been TRUMPED, time to support the choice of the VOTERS, Eric Erickson is a judgmental hypocrite

Erick Erickson has now joined the club of a few republicans that need to wake up and realize that we are in perilous times. I am really disappointed in these folks who are not keeping their word about supporting the Republican nominee. I guess Erick’s word isn’t worth a hill of beans and he is untrustworthy and part of the problem. He needs to pull his pants up, wipe his tears, and listen to the American people and what they want. If he is on the take from big donors, it will be revealed and if I was betting, I think he apparently has something to lose or he would keep his word.

LOOK AND LEARN: The PEOPLE want Trump!

“COMMON SENSE” CONSERVATIVISM is the new norm !!!

Meet with Trump & work out your differences…
Stop the negative stuff – UNITE!

Republicans that vote. ..voted for Trump. If you don’t listen that send a message that you don’t care about the people’s voice that vote. It’s a disgrace.

I will no longer be listening to WSB while Eric Erickson is speaking. He is a hypocrite and will be the cause of another Democratic president.

Erick-
I am an 80 ye old retired Military member who had the honor to be the helicopter pilot for Pres. Nixon and Ford. In 1991 thinking the US debt was the single most important thing facing our nation I voted for Ross Perot.
Me with the 20% who voted for Perot gave us Clinton and his wife who has been stealing the system blind for the past 25 years with no end in sight.
I would give anything to see the system, as we know it, END! I’ll hold my nose when I vote for Trump but pray that he can fill the empty suit that now occepies the office. It has happened in the past. Harry Truman comes to mind.
If you and a few hard asses try to alter the will of the majority of Republican voters, may you find a violent end . . .with your friends.

I heard you on Foxnews on Sunday morning. You are truly one dumb son of a bitch. Holy shit. I have heard some stupid people but you are up there with Lindsey Graham. Truly one dumb fucking idiot.

Thank you soooooo much for sticking to those words I heard you express time and again when the 2016 presidential campaign started well over a year ago.
“I will support the republican nominee in the general election.”
Oh wait….
YOU were telling your listeners that THEY needed to support the Republican nominee in the general election.
Well dipstick: as a former listener, just know that I am staying true to your advise, even if it does come from a blatant fraud and hypocrite.
Oh….and ya might wanna find somebody else to yap about besides Donald these days…. Funny how you are still carrying the nevertrump banner, but have absolutely NOTHING else to write about on your website…just a whole Lotta trump trump trump… its trump this, trump that, and NEVER anything else.
So next time you go to publish an article, how bout you try something new, and NEVERTRUMP.
god bless, Jesus loves you, even tho you are a first class schmuck.

I listen to Eric’s show and am thankful for his love of the Lord and his sharing of his faith and scripture. However, he is so repulsed by the fact that Trump got the nomination that I feel he will not be able to be used to glorify the Lord and to shine a light where we need one. The Lord knows who the next president will be and he has shown that whoever is in power that His Will will be done. If you look back to Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar, the Lord used him and Nebuchadnezzar’s heart was changed in the end. It was through their actions that Daniel and his friends were able to help make changes. I feel so much loathing from Eric that I don’t want to listen to him and I don’t think that is helpful. Thanks for the great shows that you all produce. I listen most of the day as I drive around. Great job!!!

VERY DISAPPOINTED IN ERICK ERICKSON AND THE FACT YOU STILL HAVE HIS SHOW ON THE AIR. HE AND THE FOLKS LIKE HIM ARE GUARANTEEING HILIARY A DEFINITE WIN AND A DISMAL FUTURE FOR OUR COUNTRY. YOU CAN’T ALWAYS HAVE YOUR WAY ERICK. MANY OF US CHRISTIANS ARE MORE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD THAN YOU ARE AND ALMOST ANYONE IS BETTER THAN HILIARY OR MOST DEMOCRATS. PLEASE SHUT UP!!!!!

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