Ultra-conservative blogger Bob Ellis bangs out 6,750 words on why he can’t support Donald Trump and tells us his essay is “not even remotely exhaustive or all-inclusive” but “merely highlight[s] some of the most important and most tangible reasons.”
Let me try to summarize why Ellis says conservatives should not vote for Trump:
- Trump was pro-choice and still calls for abortion-ban exceptions for rape and incest.
- Trump has hired foreign workers and illegal aliens and donated to advocates of sanctuary cities.
- Trump has supported single-payer health care and the Affordable Care Act insurance mandate.
- Trump signed a letter supporting the Left’s “hoax of anthropogenic global warming as their Marxist vehicle” (Ellis’s words, not Trump’s).
- Trump includes pro-abortion, anti-religion judges on his Supreme Court nominee list.
- Trump opposed our invasion of Iraq in 2003.
- Trump likes tyrants (based on, for example, the debatable claim that Trump admires the Chinese Communist Party for putting down the Tiananmen Square “riot” with “strength” and that Mikhail Gorbachev was a terrible leader for not having “a firm enough hand“—Trump’s words!).
- Trump would attack the press and the First Amendment by “open[ing] up libel laws” (Trump).
- Trump supports the “homosexual agenda” (Ellis).
- Trump supports progressive taxation instead of the flat tax.
- Trump is a “serial adulterer” (Ellis) who objectifies women.
- Trump makes money on casinos and strip clubs that undermine families and public morality.
- Trump makes “gratuitous use of profanity” (Ellis).
- Trump has encouraged violence at his campaign rallies.
- Trump is maybe occasionally racist (Ellis can’t quite commit to affirming Trump’s racism, since “racism” is a “favored demonization tactic of the Left” used to win over the “weak-minded”).
- Trump calls people childish names out of pure spite (unlike Ellis, who calls people “socialists” and “RINOs” because that’s what they are!).
- Trump tells lies.
- Trump has contributed to Democrats (“the termites, the acid, the toxic sewage,” Ellis calls us, but again, that’s not childish, spiteful name-calling).
- Trump doesn’t think he needs to ask God for forgiveness.
- Trump believes in salvation by works, not grace.
- Trump doesn’t know his Bible.
I can only agree with Ellis on 10 of his 21 reasons (#2, 7, 8, 11–17) for voting against Donald Trump, and some of those only in part. On #2, I don’t have a problem with hiring foreign workers (nor do several Aberdeen businesses), but I recognize the hypocrisy of Donald Trump’s business practices and his opportunistic political stances. On #11, I hesitate to dig into candidates’ personal lives, but I appreciate Ellis’s willingness to point out his fellow Republicans’ hypocrisy in dragging Bill Clinton to impeachment over marital infidelity in the Oval Office but nominating a man who shows even weaker commitment to the sanctity of marriage. On #13, I cuss on various occasions, but even I can agree that Trump’s public word choice would cast the Presidency and the United States in an undignified light.
I cannot adopt the rest of Ellis’s complaints against Trump, but, as with #11, Ellis points out to his fellow conservatives their complete hypocrisy in accepting Donald Trump as their Presidential nominee. To avoid hypocrisy, Ellis says he will vote for Constitutionalist nominee Darrell Castle, who would undermine democracy, civil rights, and world peace. Castle will win no more than 2% of the national vote, but that’s fine: Ellis can keep his conscience intact… and enjoy four more years of calling a centrist Democratic President a Marxist tyrant (not because he’s being mean, but because he’s convinced that’s what she really is.)
[6750 words summarized and annotated in 581—that’s 91% savings!]