A self-proclaimed anti-Trump Latino Democrat announced a dramatic reversal in light of the “Kavanaugh circus.”
Writing under a pen name, Tomas Mendoza shared in an essay in The Federalist how the “politics of power” displayed by Democrats in the recent spectacle of hearings involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, have opened his eyes and turned him away from the party he once endorsed.
“I am a college-educated, suburban, first-generation Latino immigrant,” he wrote.
“I voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012. I find President Trump to lack the basic moral character that we should expect in our political leaders and did not consider, even for a moment, voting for him in 2016,” Mendoza continued. “After watching how Senate Democrats and the media handled the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, however, I will be voting Republican in 2018 and for Trump in 2020.”
He recounted how, experiencing the military coup that rocked his homeland, he personally saw “the devastation that comes to a society when men of power believe their political objectives so justified that they are willing to pursue them by any means necessary.”
“In the eyes of those men of power, we could see the deadening of souls that occurs when a man’s perceived benevolence blinds him to his own tyranny,” Mendoza explained.
He saw “that same look in the eyes of Senate Democrats” during Thursday’s hearing, he shared.
“The hearings made clear that the Democrats on the committee were not interested in pursuing the truth or respecting Christine Blasey Ford’s desire for anonymity. Instead, they simply sought to delay the vote in the hopes of winning the next election,” he wrote.
Since Kavanaugh’s reputation and Ford’s privacy were “sacrificed on the altar of political expediency,” Mendoza reasoned, then committee Democrats “were not going to let basic decency prevent them from using the courts as an alternative path to the political ends they cannot reach through legislation.”
Mendoza admitted he believed both Ford and Kavanaugh, but added, “We may never answer the questions of what truly occurred.”
More importantly, he added, is the long-term effect of it all.
“That question is whether the politics of power, the politics by any means demonstrated by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats, will be rewarded,” Mendoza wrote.
“If Democrats are allowed to delay this nomination and the elections in 2018 and 2020 benefit them, both Republicans and Democrats for a generation will have learned that the American people prefer to be ruled by tyrants that punish their enemies instead of representatives in a republic who adhere to the rule of law,” he concluded.
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