A Never Trumper Responds to Trump’s Win by Chris Rush
Well well well…15 days days ago…Donald J. Trump shocked the world when he defeated the juggernaut Hillary Clinton to become President-elect of the United States. A week before the election I published an article explaining why I thought Donald Trump would lose and now I must publish this my Mea Culpa…I was wrong.
On Nov 8th, I didn’t vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton — I saw them both as unfit for high office and not deserving of my vote. I did see Hillary as ten times worse than Trump, and if you would have put a gun to my head to vote for one of them, I would have voted for Trump. That said, I couldn’t bring myself to check the box for a man as morally corrupt as the Donald.
Now that he has won and will become the President of the United States, I would like to share a few thoughts from a NeverTrumper’s point of view. First, I didn’t support Trump because I thought he would lose, I didn’t support him because of the person he showed himself to be. I might have been wrong about the outcome of the election, but his character has been on full display for years.
I have heard certain talk show hosts ask “What are we going to do with these “Never Trump people?” To that I say you can go jump off a cliff. I know you would have blamed us if he would have lost, and even if I believed he would win, I still wouldn’t have voted for the man. Myself and many other NeverTrump people are not opportunists who simply follow the crowd no matter whether they’re wrong or right.
I don’t speak for all NeverTrump people, but probably a good portion of them when I say that we couldn’t bring ourselves to vote for Trump, but we did want him to beat Hillary. It’s obvious that most people felt we were given two crappy choices, and I used to tell Trump supporters if you want to convince a NeverTrumper to change his or her mind, only talk about Hillary; because the more we heard Hillary talk or her endless scandals being talked about, we were drawn like a moth to the flame to vote against her in order to stop her.
We don’t support progressives, and Hillary is the Queen of them all. I know a handful of NeverTrump people who ended up voting for him because the thought of a Hillary presidency was too horrifying. I was very happy that Hillary lost, and what a sweet ending to this story that she lost to the worst candidate the Republicans could have offered.
I know as Republicans, we are in the honeymoon stage and Trump is all wonderful. I would like to add a dose of sobriety to this if I could; Trump winning does not change his character and the immaturity of his ways, which he has shown over the past year and a half of this campaign. When a man receives more power, 90% of time it doesn’t make him more of a good person. Most of the time, his flaws are exasperated.
There is a 10% chance that since he has become the President, he will sober up and act as an adult; and I hope for that. At the same time, I suggest that we don’t let our guard down. For example, when it comes to policy, many of Trump’s positions are downright progressive. Just look at his plan to require employers to provide paid maternity leave. If the employers are mandated to do this, someone will have to pay for it. And most likely, it will end up being John and Jane Q. Taxpayer. So the idea that since he was elected President, Trump will somehow be more conservative than he was on the campaign trail seems like a pipe dream. For this reason, we need to prepare to hold him accountable and not become protectors of everything he does just because he has an “R” in front of his name.
I want Trump to be successful President and to “make America great again”, and I hope he knows that comes from small government and ordinary, average Americans working diligently to bring godly changes to their individual communities. I would also like him to act presidential and mature, and not embarrass himself (and the country) the way he has in the past. I will root for his success, but will call him out when he begins to be pulled to the left. I hope you will as well. Happy Thanksgiving everybody…
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Christopher Rush is an author, speaker, evangelist, pro-life activist, and his current book, Another Tornado is Coming, was released in September. Chris is founder of 3 ministries and has a passion for working with inner-city youth and protecting the life of the unborn. This past summer, Chris was an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland for Ted Cruz, representing Minnesota’s 4th District. His current ministry, Allhandsondeck, is a Minnesota-based abortion Abolitionist organization.
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