I happened to be walking through a room today in which a radio was on and tuned to the program of one of those imitation-conservative talk-show hosts–Joe Baggadonuts, or something like that (no, that wasn’t really his name). As I passed by he was saying that if Trump scored 80 or more delegates in New York, as the host was sure he would, then the time will have come when Republicans need to get behind Trump in order to defeat Hillary. He said defeating Hillary was the only real objective and that anyone would be better than Hillary–absolutely anyone.
So, was he right? Has the time come to get behind Trump? Or, if not, when will that time have come? When will it be time to support a businessman who has filed for bankruptcy four times and is credibly reported to have ties with organized crime? When will it be time to support a man who owns a number of casinos, and strip clubs, and who boasts of his many adulteries? When will it be time to support a presidential candidate who habitually uses the foulest of language, who lies constantly and outrageously, and who referred to an unmentionable part of his anatomy in a nationally televised debate?
I could pose more questions of a similar nature, but the answer is already clear: Never. It will never be time for good people to support Donald Trump.
But what about Hillary? Isn’t anyone better than Hillary? Do people who say anyone is better than Hillary really mean that? Would Hitler be better than Hillary? Stalin? Pol Pot? Kim Jong Un? But, they say, Trump isn’t any of them. Well, he hasn’t had a chance to be yet. The fact is that if we would really vote for absolutely anyone (or at least anyone who has an “R” after his name) in order to beat Hillary, we are using a dishonest rhetorical device as a tool for pseudo-rational decision-making. The statement “anyone is better than Hillary” is really just a way of expressing extreme dislike and contempt for Hillary. She’s certainly deserving of a great deal of contempt, but the point here is that an angry denunciation is not a good basis for sound decision-making. In this case, some people are trying to use our fear of Hillary in order to frighten us into supporting Trump. Hillary is a terrible person and would be a terrible president. I won’t vote for her. But Trump is also a terrible person who would be a terrible president. I won’t vote for him either.
To top it off, the polls say the only way Hillary can win is for the Republicans to nominate Trump. It would be a choice irony indeed if at this point Republicans let their fear and loathing of Hillary stampede them into the best course for making her president.
No, it is not time for Republicans to get behind Trump, and it never will be. If, God forbid, Trump should take the Republican nomination, it will guarantee that America’s next president will be an evil person who cares nothing for the good of the country. What will then remain to be determined is whether you will be a partaker in the guilt of that situation by voting for one evil candidate or the other.