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Former Army colonel, attorney, and Townhall senior columnist Kurt Schlichter has a unique take on whether or not to vote for the Republican presumptive nominee.
Although Schlichter has been a staunch #NeverTrump pundit and one of Donald Trump’s more outspoken conservative critics, and lays out those bona fides in his column, he has nevertheless decided to vote for Trump in November.
In his Monday Townhall column entitled “I Am Going To Vote For Trump Though It Makes Me Want To Projectile Vomit,” Schlichter explains why,
“What would I argue to my principled anti-Trump friends even if I were so inclined? That he’s not more liberal than I like? That he’s not a vulgar buffoon? That he’s the heir to Ronald Reagan? Not remotely. No, if Trump wants their votes, he can rebuild the bridges out of the ashes he created.
But I have principles too, and a key one is not electing a man-hating progressive fascist who has the liberal infrastructure behind her that can make her goose-stepping dreams actually come true. Trump is a one-off loner who Congress could contain. Hillary Clinton has eager allies and potentially the Senate and, God forbid, the House behind her. She’s just malignant and stupid enough to start people shooting, while all Trump could do is get us yelling. Slight advantage, Trump.”
It’s a witty, humorous column that’s well worth the read. Schlichter is no Trump fan, obviously, but as a Trump supporter I can appreciate his perspective and his “we’re all on the same team” mentality, something that’s often missing from both sides of this in-house conservative “debate” we’re having.
Interestingly, Schlichter also takes to task the anti-Trump establishment forces, like Lindsey Graham and Jeb Bush, who give Trump critics on the right a bad name.
“Sadly, the #NeverTrump crew has inherited some of the establishment clowns who created the opening for The Donald. They are less upset about ideology than saving their place at the trough. When in this century did the likes of Common Core advocate Jeb “Act of Love” Bush ever fight for actual conservatism? The despicable Lindsey Graham broke his promise to support the GOP nominee, a promise he made knowing it might mean he would have to support Trump. Both Lindsey and I were colonels – maybe I’m old-fashioned, but in my military, officers are expected to keep their word. Regardless, way to go, Little Lord Lindsey – you showed those GOP voters who are sick of being lied to by politicians who say one thing during the campaign then shamelessly do the exact opposite afterwards that they were entirely right. If the principles of #NeverTrump include breaking your word – and I don’t believe they do – then I’m clearly not cut out for it. Even the harshest anti-Trump diehard needs to step up and repudiate this fork-tongued weasel.”
Kicking and screaming or projectile vomiting, at least some of Trump’s critics from the right are starting to get a solid grasp on political reality, even if it’s tough medicine for them to swallow.
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