Why I Now Feel Compelled To Vote For Trump

From: townhall.com,  by Derek Hunter,  on Oct 23, 2016

Donald Trump speaks during the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee April 10, 2015. REUTERS/Harrison McClary - RTR4WVBQ

Last time a Clinton was on the ballot, I voted for Ross Perot. My vote didn’t deny Bob Dole the White House, but I confess I felt a smug sense of satisfaction in “refusing to settle.” I sure showed them, didn’t I?

I haven’t been as vocal as other “Never Trump” writers, but neither have I hidden my dislike or tempered my criticism. In a field of 17 Republican candidates, Donald Trump wouldn’t have been my 18th choice. I’m still not a fan. But they didn’t just ask me; they asked everyone. And more of everyone chose Donald Trump.

I couldn’t do it, I just couldn’t. For countless reasons I’ve covered over the last year, I dug in my heels and proudly basked in my self-satisfaction. I still defended Trump in this column and on social media when he was wrongly attacked by the left and the media, but I was steadfast in my opposition to the man.

So what changed?

Not Trump. He still gives rambling speeches with little focus and spends far too much time defending himself against insignificant slights when he should be focusing on policy (though his ethics reform proposal is excellent and will irritate all the people in Washington who need to be irritated).

Hillary hasn’t changed either. At least not in who she is – a corrupt, self-serving liar willing to do or say anything to win and/or sell out to the highest bidder. There isn’t enough Saudi Arabian money in the Clinton Foundation to get me to vote for someone who got rich off “public service” and a “commitment to helping the poor.”

No, what’s changed is me. Not through introspection and reflection, but through watching the sickening display of activism perpetrated by a covert army with press credentials.

Bias has always been a factor in journalism. It’s nearly impossible to remove. Humans have their thoughts, and keeping them out of your work is difficult. But 2016 saw the remaining veneer of credibility, thin as it was, stripped away and set on fire.

More than anything, I can’t sit idly by and allow these perpetrators of fraud to celebrate and leak tears of joy like they did when they helped elect Barack Obama in 2008. I have to know I weighed in not only in writing but in the voting booth.

The media needs to be destroyed. And although voting for Trump won’t do it, it’s something. Essentially, I am voting for Trump because of the people who don’t want me to, and I believe I must register my disgust with Hillary Clinton.

I am not of the mindset that any vote not for Trump is a vote for Hillary, but a vote for Trump is a vote against Hillary. And I need to vote against Hillary. I need to vote against the media.

After the last debate, when no outlet “fact checked” Hillary’s lie that her opposition to the Heller decision had anything to do with children, or her lie that the State Department didn’t lose $6 billion under her leadership, I couldn’t hold out any longer.

A Trump administration at least will include people I trust in positions that matter. I don’t know if they will be able to hold him completely in check, but I know a Clinton administration will include people who have been her co-conspirators in corruption, and there won’t even be a media to hold her accountable.

The Wikileaks emails have exposed an arrogant cabal of misery profiteers who hold everyone, even their fellow travelers deemed not pure enough, in contempt. These bigots who’ve made their fortune from government service should be kept as far away from the levers of power as the car keys should be kept from anyone named Kennedy on a Friday night. My one vote against it will not be enough, but it’s all I can do and I have to do all I can do.

I won’t stop being critical of Trump when he deserves it; I won’t pretend someone is handing out flowers when they’re shoveling BS. But I’d rather have BS shoveled out of a president than our tax dollars shoveled to a president’s friends and political allies.

The Project Vertias videos exposed a corrupt political machine journalists would have been proud to expose in the past. The Wikileaks emails pulled back the curtain on why that didn’t happen – journalists are in on it. I can’t pretend otherwise, and I have no choice but to oppose it.

This isn’t a call to arms for “Never Trumpers” to follow suit; this is a choice I had to make for myself after much reflection. I wouldn’t presume to tell others how to act any more than I would accept the same from someone else. I would encourage them to consider what awaits the country should Hillary win. If they can’t vote against her by voting for him, at least spend these last two weeks of the election directing their ire toward Clinton.

Although most are principled, far too many “Never Trump” conservatives spend more of their time attacking him than pointing out her corruption. I get it – in him, you see the fight you’ve been a part of being betrayed, and that leaves a mark.

I’m not saying you should support him, but you shouldn’t lose sight of the importance of opposing her. If, or when, Hillary Clinton takes the oath of office, she needs to have as little support as possible. Frankly, she needs to be damaged. The mainstream media won’t do it; they’re in on it.

This is my choice, what I must do. Each person has to come to this decision on their own terms. And the fact remains there simply aren’t enough “Never Trump” Republicans to make up Trump’s current deficit, and that’s on him. But I know what I’ve been wrestling with these past few weeks is not unique to me. And I don’t know about you, but I simply cannot sit around knowing there was something else I could have done to oppose Hillary Clinton and I didn’t do it.

A simple protest vote for a third party or a write-in of my favorite comic book character might feel good for a moment. It might even give me a sense of moral superiority that lasts until her first executive order damaging something I hold dear – or her first Supreme Court nominee. But the sting that will follow will far outlive that temporary satisfaction.

I oppose much of what Donald Trump has said, but I oppose everything Hillary Clinton has done and wants to do. And what someone says, no matter how objectionable, is less important than what someone does, especially when it’s so objectionable. A personal moral victory won’t suffice when the stakes are so high. As such, I am compelled to vote against Hillary by voting for the only candidate with any chance whatsoever of beating her – Donald Trump.


This was one more example of a Trump “convert.” One more reasonably intelligent adult who’ll be dragged kicking and screaming to vote for The Donald. I’ve lost count of how many of these stories I’ve read, relating a metamorphosis from “never Trump” to voting for him – let’s just say that it’s a BUNCH. I’ve published a few here, mostly just to illustrate how much some voters disliked Donald Trump before really considering the alternative … Hillary.

Most of us who still have a few synapses firing made that decision when we paused and considered the likely future that awaited our beloved United States if Hillary was elected and couldn’t accept the image.

My dislike for Donald Trump has been evident through my writings and re-postings of articles by others over the past year and that hasn’t changed, I still don’t think that he’s suited for the presidency, BUT, when the alternative is considered, it’s no contest.

If YOU are considering voting for Hillary, I humbly beseech you to consider the direction of our country under the “leadership” of Barack Obama. If you like that direction, by all means, vote for Hillary because she’ll continue his movement towards becoming a European-like socialist country. If you don’t like the direction we’ve been taking, you must vote for Donald Trump. Even if you don’t like him personally, just consider his position on the issues and you’ll arrive at the same conclusion as so many of us – it’s self-defense; there simply is no other option.



Categories: Political


7 replies

  1. I do my thing on election day. I always have. It’s like buying books: I’m an avid reader, but I don’t buy them on Amazon. I go into the Barnes + Noble to buy my books. I really enjoy the whole book store experience.

    Same deal with voting.

    I’ll be doing my anti-Hildebeest thing on Nov 8.


    • I can really respect that Brian. Kudos to you for retaining some experiences from our past that ought not to be forgotten and made them traditions for you. I can remember standing in a line that snaked all over a school gym and it took almost two hours to vote, but we did it.

      We all lose when our children have no knowledge of how things used to be and therefore can’t understand the experiences of their elders. They’d appreciate how easy it is for them if they had “walked six miles to school in a snowstorm” or lived in a house with a single party-line telephone.

      However, that being said, I’m still going to vote early specifically to miss out on a line-out-the-door and around-the-block on election day.


    • An update: while out on some errands, I drove by the library that is my early voting place and saw that the parking wasn’t overflowing – so I decided to vote. As luck would have it, there was NO line and I immediately had my ID and voter card checked and was able to vote. I had asked one of the officials where the crowds were and she said that this was a lull, but they had been busy otherwise since early voting began. I had already filled out a sample ballot at home so I was familiar with the down-ballot choices. It took me maybe 5 minutes to vote for each candidate individually and verify the summary of results at the end. It was quick and easy.

      But, my timing was apparently perfect because as I left the voting area, there were 12-15 people lined up waiting to enter the room where the voting takes place.

      They were certainly prepared for crowds. There were maybe 20 machines available, the most that I’ve ever seen at that location. Usually, there are only 8-10 machines. These are electronic touchscreen devices.

      BTW, one of the voting officials reminded me to verify my votes on the summary screen to be sure that they were recorded correctly – I suspect that this was done because of the reports of some people who voted a straight Republican ticket found that the presidential vote had been recorded for Hillary. That has supposedly happened here in Texas. Honestly, that still doesn’t prove that the votes are recorded internally properly only that the display looked right.

      Anyway, I done my duty and added one more vote for Trump, I hope it’s enough.


  2. We voted against Hillary yesterday and the parking lot at the polling place was more crowded than I’ve ever seen in past elections. Trump has generated more interest than we’ve seen in years while Hillary’s campaign is looking like a stagnant pond.

    The media is still claiming that she’s ahead, and I just don’t see how that’s possible. It’s stupid for them to continue lying for her when it couldn’t be more obvious who’s drawing the largest crowds and the most support.

    Since our government refuses to hold her accountable for her crimes, it’s up to the people to get rid of her. She’s unfit and too old to run again in 4 years, so hopefully this is the last we’ll see of her.


    • Hillary is unfit in just about every category you can name. Any other candidate with the health problems she (apparently) has would have done what I predicted she’d do – bow out for health reasons and to spend more time with her grandchildren. I misjudged her blind ambition and commitment to be POTUS.


  3. Mr. Hunter states his case quite reasonably.

    My husband and I have been waiting to go vote early as the lines have been amazing long every day so far this week. I checked for news on my prior county (I moved this year) and the same is happening there. We’ve never had to wait in long lines to vote. What do you think it all means? I’m hoping it’s a Trump phenomenon, of course, but that certainly doesn’t jive with what the polls are saying. I’m perplexed….

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    • I’ve screwed around and done other things and haven’t voted yet myself. I’ve got it on the docket for next week – Tuesday or Wednesday. Since I retired, I do all of my shopping and errands on weekdays and never on weekends – it’s a lot less crowded.

      I don’t know about the lines where I vote, but the word is that turnout is heavy. I’m prepared to stand in line if it comes to that, no problem. Generally, at my usual voting place (a local library) I almost never have to wait – but we’ll see.

      I’m with you on that Trump vote, I hope the Trump vote is heavy. I can’t imagine a heavy vote for Hillary, but the dem strongholds are in the cities, not out here in the ‘burbs.

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