Yes, Donald Trump is the Republican presidential nominee. However, simply because he is the Grand Old Party’s candidate, Republican voters should not automatically cast their ballots for him. Here is a list of 10 good reasons why even die-hard Republicans should think twice before voting for Donald Trump for president.
1. Ronald Reagan wouldn’t vote for him. An article published by the Inquisitr yesterday reported on Michael Reagan’s insistence that his father, given the opportunity, would not vote for Donald Trump. With Ronald Reagan as modern-day America’s most-celebrated Republican, the members of the GOP should do as he would have wanted.
— Carole Myers (@CaroleMyers) June 8, 2016
2. 60 Republican governors, U.S. representatives, and U.S. senators oppose Donald Trump. According to a June 8 article on Trump opposition from FiveThirtyEight, 60 elected leaders, who are also members of the GOP, openly oppose Trump’s candidacy or refuse to commit to supporting his presidential bid.
3. The current top Republican basically labeled Donald Trump a racist. The New York Times published an article on June 7 recapping Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s recent press conference, during which he called Donald Trump’s comment about Latino U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel “the textbook definition of a racist comment.”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) June 7, 2016
4. The current top Republican still supports Donald Trump even after calling him a racist. While this point could be seen as a bit off topic, how can anyone support a party whose leader basically calls its presidential candidate a racist and continues to support him?
5. Paul Ryan is not the only Republican struggling to support Donald Trump. According to a Salon article detailing GOP leaders’ strange endorsements of Trump, numerous leading Republicans, including Marco Rubio, Mitch McConnell, and Bob Corker, have expressed dismay over Donald Trump’s racist comments, but they all still begrudgingly support his presidential bid.
— Curtis Tate (@tatecurtis) June 8, 2016
6. Many Republicans do not see Donald Trump as a true conservative. An Associated Press story comparing Trump’s policies to those of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton quoted U.S. Representative Tim Huelskamp, a Kansas Republican.
According to the article, during a Fox News interview, Huelskamp said, “The best thing about Donald Trump today is he’s not Hillary Clinton, but he’s certainly not a conservative, either.”
7. Donald Trump’s ever-changing platform is a reason for alarm. In the years before Donald Trump’s presidential bid, he clearly stated he would increase taxes on the rich, which would, in turn, take much of the tax burden off America’s lower and middle classes. Today, he is an advocate of a tax cut for wealthy and a tax cut for corporations.
As Politico asked in a 2015 article on his wavering platform, “Will the real Donald Trump please stand up?”
— Jay Thompson (@boffchops) May 26, 2016
8. In 1999, Donald Trump left the Republican party. Politico also reminded readers that Donald Trump left the Republican party back in 1999, calling it “just too crazy right.” Can die-hard Republicans vote, in good conscience, for a candidate who has already abandoned their party once?
9. Donald Trump is not a long-time no-restrictions Second Amendment supporter. In the book Donald Trump published in 2000, The America We Deserve, he was very clear about his stance on gun control when he said, “I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun.”
Today, Donald Trump paints a different picture of his idea of gun control on his campaign’s website.
“The Second Amendment to our Constitution is clear. The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed upon. Period….Opponents of gun rights try to come up with scary sounding phrases like “assault weapons”, “military-style weapons” and “high capacity magazines” to confuse people.”
10. Donald Trump is regularly compared to President Andrew Jackson — who was a Democrat. Can any dedicated Republican willingly vote for a candidate who has been compared to not only a Democrat but the original Democrat — as in the founder of the Democrats?
— StairwayPress (@StairwayPress) April 27, 2016
Even if this list does not sway lifelong Republicans to vote for another candidate (and, yes, there are candidates other than Hillary who will be on the ballot), perhaps it will make them think. If Donald Trump is elected, it is important for mainstream Republicans to strongly urge their elected representatives to keep the original ideals of the GOP in mind when voting. Simply because someone is elected president on the Republican ticket does not mean the party has to support everything that person believes or wants, especially if that person’s desire are dangerous for the future of the United States.
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