President Donald Trump? Not If This Republican Mom Can Help It

No, no, no, no, and nope. For the first time in my adult life, I will not be checking off a presidential candidate in the top box on my ballot this November. After Ted Cruz officially resigned Tuesday night, and John Kasich dropped out Wednesday morning, Donald Trump became the de facto Republican candidate ... but I cannot in good conscience vote for him.

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I've been a die-hard Republican since I was 17 and campaigned for George W. Bush before I was even old enough to vote for him. I dutifully cast my vote for John McCain in 2008, refusing to believe he had a snowball's chance in hell of defeating the Obama machine.

I spent the fall of 2012 on the ground in Boston, working for Mitt Romney at Romney for President HQ. The fund-raising emails I wrote on his behalf raised millions for the campaign, and I'm proud to have been a part of it.

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Despite my efforts to get them elected, I've never been in total agreement with any of these men, and I wouldn't expect to be. The GOP likes to say that we must support whoever ends up being on the ticket in November (the Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus even threw his support behind Trump this week). And I've more or less agreed with that statement -- until now.

Never. Trump.

There's a key reason I won't be swayed to put aside my differences and vote for the Republican nominee this cycle, in the name of defeating the other side. I don't believe that Trump is a good man.

I may not have liked some of the policies set forth by George W. Bush, John McCain, or Mitt Romney, but I honestly believe that they were and are good men, who care about keeping our country safe and keeping the American dream alive.

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Donald Trump is a lying, pandering, misogynistic sycophant who doesn't give a rat's patootie about the hardworking men and women who voted for him. Last night, after he won the pivotal state of Indiana that cinched the nomination for him, he did not stick around to shake hands and kiss babies and generally show his gratitude to the Hoosier state.

He jetted off to New York to hang with all of his multimillionaire buddies. This is not a man who cares about the working class in any way, shape, or form.

The crap he's said about women should be enough to scare any female ten thousand times more than any pro-life candidate ever. The way he has run his campaign, the vulgar things he has said, and the lies he has spread are dangerous coming from a man with that kind of power. And now people want him to be the leader of the free world?

No thank you.

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I have been told by some of my friends that I must reluctantly cast my vote for Trump as a way to keep Hillary out of the White House. To those reluctant Republican voters, I'll share a quote from Alexander Hamilton, arguably the most vocal Founding Father of our great nation. It was brought to my attention Tuesday night by my friend and fellow #NeverTrump supporter Ben Howe, and it sums up my thoughts on this horrific situation perfectly.

If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.

I'd rather have Hillary Clinton, a Democrat claiming to be a Democrat, in the White House than whatever Trump is, claiming to be a member of my party. He doesn't represent me even one iota, and I cannot, and will not, vote for him.

 

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