I have received numerous requests for my thoughts on why Donald Trump is trending as a candidate, and for my response to the “Never Trump” movement in the evangelical community who say they won’t vote for Trump and/ or not vote at all and “go fishing” on Election Day because of their displeasure with both Trump and Clinton as viable candidates. Here are my thoughts.
Donald Trump was not my choice, but he resonates with a segment of the populace so ticked off at politics as usual from the establishment GOP and the lunacy of the DNC that they want a pit bull candidate, a change agent, even if he has some huge flaws. Historically, Trump has not had any record of consistency as it relates to core issues and values important to true conservatives. But today he says he espouses those values.
It should be noted that Trump is garnering support from both sides of the aisle. It should be further noted that he resonates with some Black Americans who are now jumping the aisle which is seminal in that Blacks have historically and monolithically voted Democrat for well over 50 plus years. I believe that is because they are beginning to realize the Democrat Party has taken them for granted, and their beloved President Obama’s obvious love affair with the LGBT agenda doesn’t pass the smell test, and they see through Hilary’s façade of supposed love for Black America. You can only “talk Black” (her infamous quote “I feel no ways tired” and attempts using Black vernacular and colloquialisms) so often before it becomes obvious you are disingenuous and condescending. Couple that with the fact she’s an obvious liar (see Benghazi and the email server debacle, etc.) and anyone with a modicum of common sense knows she is ill fitted for the oval office. Blacks see Trump as some type of bridge towards the GOP, though they may have not yet done their homework as to the history of the party and its roots historically in the abolition movement to free slaves.
With Hillary Clinton, you know exactly what you are getting, a liberal/socialist ideology that will wreak more havoc on America. With Trump… well, he’s an unknown with a checkered past. He says some of the right things, but his history says something else. He’s not a conservative. He’s a populist candidate with an off-putting temperament that causes some to pause. He’s not a part of the K Street crowd in Washington that typically hold power regardless of whether there is a republican or democrat in the oval office. That may be a good thing, but if he has no true moral compass or standard in his ideology. If he is elected, it just means there may be a different set of “sack suits” running things but the same usual outcome, more of the foolishness that we’ve seen over the last nearly eight years on both sides of the aisle.
The people of America were looking for an outsider, a change agent. They saw that in Trump. However, the true change agent and outsider, in my opinion, was actually Ted Cruz, who is hated here in Washington on both sides of the aisle by the establishment sack suits in the GOP and the DNC. Some missteps by Cruz and bias from the mainstream media put the kibosh on his campaign.
A good friend and associate here in Washington, DC who happens to be a Black conservative pastor said on Election Day he will vote for the opposition candidate to the Democrat party candidate for president. He said only half-jokingly he will do that even if he has to “relapse, take 3 shots of his at one time favorite libation, stagger into the voting booth and hold his nose while casting his vote for the candidate he thinks most likely to beat Hilary.” He further stated, “That is because 2 maybe 3 SCOTUS justice seats are in play within the next 4 years, and the stakes for America’s future are that high.”
Come Election Day, I can tell you I won’t be voting for Hilary, that’s for sure. Third party candidates and write-ins, in my opinion, guarantee a Democrat win. For those who say they will “go fishing” on Election Day, I say to them that’s what happened in 2012 when an estimated 25 to 30 million evangelicals and conservative Christians did just that, guaranteeing Obama a second term. Look how that’s turned out: same-sex “marriage,” transgender restrooms, 97 million Americans out of the workforce, a reduced and defanged military, and Obamacare force fed to the nation with little to no pushback from a GOP-held House and Senate.
At the GOP convention in Cleveland next month there may be some “gamesmanship” that will produce a candidate other than Trump. But whatever happens and whoever vets. I will do what my pastor friend said he would do, even if I have to sing “How Dry, I am” as I walk into the voting booth. Why? Because the stakes for America’s future are that high!