Welcome to Election Hell. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. Keep your hands and feet in the vehicle at all times. If you fail to do so, the rabid animals surrounding the minibus will gnaw on your limbs. Don’t try to feed them, and don’t play apologist for the zombie-like Trump supporters hunched over the carcass of the GOP with dead eyes, nibbling on its liver.
“They just got caught up in the movement.”
Jonestown got caught up in the movement, too.
While people like myself are watching our former knights kneel before the throne of an ego driven self-promoted demigod, we’ve found a few glimpses of hope in the words of individuals like Ben Sasse:
I’ve ignored my phone most of today, but the voicemail is overflowing with party bosses and politicos telling me that “although Trump is terrible,” we “have to” support him, “because the only choice is Trump or Hillary.”
This open letter aims simply to ask “WHY is that the only choice?”
Or Jeb Bush:
In November, I will not vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but I will support principled conservatives at the state and federal levels, just as I have done my entire life. For Republicans, there is no greater priority than ensuring we keep control of both chambers of Congress. I look forward to working hard for great conservatives in the Senate and House in the coming months.
And – more notably – Paul Ryan.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan stunned the cynical world by standing up for principle in announcing today that — for now at least — he will not be endorsing Donald Trump. Appearing on CNN, the GOP’s highest elected official told Jake Tapper, “I’m not there right now.” He explained that he wanted to see a change in tone from Trump. “It’s time to set aside bullying, it’s time to set aside belittlement,” he said. He also made clear it was up to Trump to show he is an actual conservative and to unify the party.
What follows on Twitter after their announcements can’t really be put into words. When Trump supporters take to social media it’s not what I would call angering, per se, but instead disturbing. Very, very disturbing. And not your normal brand of disturbing, but what I imagine it would be like to watch George Strait give birth to a centaur.
P.S. Just in case you don’t understand the term “Cuckservative,” it is derived from the word “Cuckold,” which is most widely known as a porn term that describes the act of a white man being emasculated when forced to watch his wife have an affair with a man of color. So, in short, by supporting the original conservative principles (encouraging immigration, the melting pot ideals, etc.) you are surrendering to the inclusion of other nationalities, and your women folk will end up being bed by those of color. This term has been widely used by both gutter trash white nationalists and many high profile Trump supporters – redundant, I know.
The most hilarious part of this entire debacle? Ryan is the leader of a separate branch, he doesn’t have to endorse Trump, or any candidate for that matter.
Ryan may very well change his mind (I sincerely hope he doesn’t), but for now, he’s on the good list.
As former candidates give their endorsements to the wannabe dictator-in-chief, their supporters are coming out of the woodwork to defend their stance. “He made a promise” they say, “he’s just keeping his word” they cry. While their attempts to dismiss the weight of this election are futile, and their inability to admit that an endorsement of such a character says volumes about their own candidate’s character, they carry on like they’ve somehow justified an endorsement for Putin-light.
Some endorsements were expected, and Mike Huckabee didn’t delay. Apparently he needed to come out with something outrageous and attention seeking now that he’s run out of women who behave like escapees from a polygamist compound to stand on a stage with him – pretending as though he actually respects religious liberty.
Shortly after Trump all but clinched the nomination Wednesday, Huckabee issued a statement pledging to go “all in” for Trump and criticizing the “hapless ‘Never Trump’ nonsense.” Huckabee had not pledged support to Trump until this week — although his daughter has been working for Trump’s campaign as a senior adviser since February.
The idea that ‘those who don’t support Trump should be forced out of the GOP’ is insane.
Wait… Maybe I’m wrong about that. Now that I think about it, it’s not that crazy. I mean, the white nationalists, racists, and sexists are kind of like those squatters who go into a home – owned by a family currently enjoying a three month vacation – and then refuse to leave. The party of Reagan, Lincoln, and Bush currently has an issue with squatters. Now, it’s a very liberal – anti-property rights – stance to side with the illegal tenants, but Huckabee is currently siding with Trump – an actual Republican in name only – so it makes sense that he’d advocate for those mouth-breathing squatters currently pooping in our candy dishes because they failed to find their own party.
I expect this of Huckabee, and he’s not alone. Actually, I expect a good number of Republicans to jump the fence and put party loyalty over party principles. However, many have been surprising, and that includes some – but not all – of those listed below:
“Donald Trump was certainly not my first choice, but he is the voters’ choice.” – Bobby Jindal
“I’ve Always Said I’ll Endorse The Nominee.” – Rand Paul
“I will be open to any way I can help. I’m not going to say no.” – Rick Perry
“I’ve long said that I will support the Republican nominee…” – Tom Cotton
Even Nikki Haley said that she will support Trump if he’s the nominee.
Gov. Pete Ricketts, whose family spent 5.5 million on efforts to fight Donald Trump, is also allegedly set to endorse the power hungry candidate.
“I’m fully supportive of our presumptive nominee, and I do think Donald Trump will do well in the State of Indiana.” – Gov. Mike Pence
Unfortunately, I have no doubt that before I publish this post, I’ll have more to add to the list. What if your favorite politician is added? The coming months will be a trying period for us, and we should all be well prepared.
To the politicians endorsing Trump:
There is only one word to describe those who endorse this joke representing the GOP: Cowards.
That’s not going to change.
Donald Trump has treated women like dogs, and minorities like ignoramuses. He has degraded human beings, negatively generalized those of a different nationality, and dehumanized innocent human beings whom he openly intends to harm. He is a habitual liar, a crony capitalist, and serves as a reference for every negative – racist underbelly – once false stereotype of the Republican Party. Liberal policies dribble out of his mouth like venom, weakening the infrastructure of the conservative principles you once espoused with every fumbling – almost incoherent – sentence he manages to vomit out.
He has insinuated, on more than one occasion, that he would bully the United States Military – of whom you’ve each claimed is your utmost priority – into committing war crimes. He’s turned his back on Israel, pushed ideals that would put our alliances in jeopardy, and can’t even tell you the difference between the Kurds and Quds. He has supported the expansion of nuclear weapons, thus encouraging an arms race that the U.S. has worked tirelessly to control, and behaved as though our own nuclear weaponry is a tool of leverage as opposed to a last resort.
This man’s tax plan is atrocious, and now he’s not even standing by it. For those who claim to be the greatest fiscal conservatives – ahem, Rand Paul – the endorsement of Trump not only outs you as just another big government supporter, but as an unmitigated liar. Not only is his tax plan as poor as Hillary’s would be in regards to making Obama’s contribution to the debt pale in comparison, his immigration plan would cripple us both economically and morally, and increase the size of government exponentially.
But virtually everything we do know about Trump is negative. He lies. He traffics in far-left conspiracy theories. He incites violence. He surrounds himself with thugs, cronies, and fools. He’s ignorant of the most basic realities of national security, foreign policy, and global economics. He has a decades-long record of corruption and a decades-long record of liberalism. In arguing that he’s better than Clinton, his supporters now ask us to trust his current “conservative” incarnation and disregard that record. We don’t really know how he’ll handle immigration, trade, ISIS, abortion, or judges.
Every word we said about you as we knocked on doors, spoke with our family, and campaigned for you at the fairs, rallies, and workplaces – heck, for many our own family Christmas – has become nothing but a joke. Not only is it a slap in the face, it’s revolting to know that those you abandoned us for – the angry ilks of the Trump brigades – were probably too busy sewing their white hoods and robes to even care that you existed when you were still running under the conservative principles we have been left to defend in your stead.
He is everything we promised others you weren’t. He embodies every stereotype we’ve fought to prove wrong. If you align with him, you not only pimp yourself out as just another politician, but you weaken the credibility of those like myself who vouched for you.
Paul Ryan, the Speaker of The House, the one man with more pressure to support the nominee than any of you, had enough integrity to stand by his principles. You have no excuse.
Did you sign a pledge?
Are you scared of being blackballed? Did Reince Priebus go full Godfather on you?
Were you going to get bullied on Twitter and Facebook? Called a traitor? Voted out? Put in the poor house? Dependent on soup kitchens?
We voted for you because we thought you were strong enough to stand for our principles even if it meant you’d be standing alone. You’ve let us down.
The funniest part about all of this? The people so many labeled as “RINOs” and “Establishment GOP” are some of the only people standing by their principles; Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, etc… Riddle me this: In what universe did you expect to see Lindsey Graham stand up in support of small government principles while Rand Paul agreed to support the male version of Hillary Clinton with a toupee and spray tan?
To the politicians yet to endorse the Lord of Darkness:
You don’t have to. You are not being forced to unite behind someone who espouses everything that goes against your convictions. If you do, it’s on you. It’s not on a pledge, it’s not on some fear, and can’t be blamed on your urgency to put forth a united front for the GOP – it’s your cross to bear.
The GOP shouldn’t be united behind this man. Period. End of story.
You have a choice: You can stand with the (R) in your title, emptying it of all meaning, or you can stand with the convictions that once made that (R) a source of pride. You can form an alliance with a party label, or with those of us who embody and practice the principles you espouse. This is not your average election, and this is not your average below par candidate, this is a man who stands in opposition to everything you – and your constituents – should stand against.
No matter what, your choice will expose your true character. To endorse Donald Trump is to accept the damaging narrative of his candidacy as the Republican platform.
Listen to Nancy Reagan: Just say no.
To the voters, specifically my fellow #NeverTrump crusaders:
Brace yourself. You’re about to be let down by those you once held in the highest of regards. Your principles will require that you call out those you once believed in, and it’s going to hurt. Those you once trusted to be your voice in Washington will fail you, and the bumper-stickers on your car and t-shirts in your closet will become a sore reminder of betrayal.
Many of the Conservative pundits you once admired will fall under the weight of greed, and the idealists you once placed on a pedestal will crumble under the opportunity of increased publicity (Example: It took her less than 24 hours to abandon principles and tell us all off.). There will be more than a handful of “I was #NeverTrump, but now it’s about saving the country” articles, don’t fall for their empty attempts to skirt around their responsibility to the movement while increasing their click count.
The pro-Trump/anti-third party epic rants and z-snap inducing monologues will flood your timelines, and the blame for poor polling and Hillary’s rise will be pushed into your face regardless of the fact that you’re not to blame. The same people who convinced you that every politician is evil, and that the GOP majority has done nothing, will also try to convince you that you must unite behind Trump.
Voting for the least evil, in this case, is nothing but a false choice. Hillary and Trump both have policies that would aggressively harm innocent parties. If someone walked into my home and demanded that I choose a family member for them to execute, I’m not picking, and won’t be convinced that my refusal to pick is a choice by default. It is not. Don’t let those who depend on your anger to feed their bank account tell you any different.
If you feel alone, just remember, if the Founding Fathers could reach up out of their grave and high five you, they would.
But they’re dead, so that would be gross.