I am urging people who voted for Trump in 2016 to consider not doing so in 2020. If major reasons to vote for Trump in 2016 were the possibilities of having anti-abortion judges nominated and “draining the swamp” then those reasons are gone. The judges have been nominated and if “draining the swamp” meant destroying the administrative state, that has happened.
If President Trump is reelected there is a real possibility of continued environmental destruction, unstoppable global warming changes and nuclear war. His behavior in office shows characteristics of a narcissistic sociopath and an “extreme present hedonist.” He is now surrounded by sycophants who are not willing or able to control his abhorrent behavior. The threat of prison as well as his narcissistic behavior should make it obvious that he is willing to do anything to stay in power. His support and admiration of autocrats does not serve the interests of the United States.
Even the eminent conservative George Will warns us: “It is urgent for Americans to think and speak clearly about President Trump's inability to do either (i.e. think and speak clearly). This seems to be not a mere disinclination but a disability. It is not merely the result of intellectual sloth but of an untrained mind bereft of information and married to stratospheric self-confidence...His fathomless lack of interest in America's path to the present and his limitless gullibility leave him susceptible to being blown about by gusts of factoids that cling like lint to a disorderly mind. Americans have placed vast military power at the discretion of this mind, a presidential discretion that is largely immune to restraint by the Madisonian system of institutional checks and balances.” (Washington Post, May 3, 2017)
Now is the time to put “country over party.” You don't need to publicly denounce President Trump, but you do need to withhold your vote.
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