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Everyone who knows me also knows I am, and have been for quite some time, a “NeverTrump” guy. No two ways about it. The man turns my stomach because of his coarseness, his crudity, his shallowness (to quote Goldwater’s wife) and because of his bullying and manipulating ways. There is literally nothing about him I can stomach, including most of his policies (like banning Muslims from entering this country or rounding up and deporting 11 million + illegal aliens). Given the awfulness of the choice before us (Trump or Hillary), I had pretty much decided to vote for neither and to content myself with a protest vote instead, writing in Paul Ryan’s name. But this afternoon I noted the following, from a Sanders supporter, on a friend’s Facebook “wall”:

“It’s true that Bernie didn’t get all he wanted in the party platform. And I believe it’s too bad he didn’t get the nomination. He has been a much needed breath of fresh air, and as a committed socialist, I agree that the errant party of the Clintons needs to move much further left to stay in touch with its traditional pro union, anti-inequality roots, and the very clear desire of the millennial generation. But to threaten to boycott or undermine the election of dozens of qualified woman candidates, the election of a woman president who will get to determine the future of the Supreme Court for twenty years, the chance to retake the Senate and throw the house up for grabs is simply self-centered navel gazing at its most pathetic. In the face of a clearly disastrous opponent, a chance to humiliate the opposition and make unprecedented gains with a massive voter turnout, it is unthinkable to continue to echo the many unfounded Republican attacks on Hillary instead of rallying to the righteous cause.”

In other words, while Republicans like me agonize over choosing Trump, while we continue to dream of a better option, it looks like the Democrats are slowly pulling themselves together. And some of them clearly see what’s at stake . . . the very things that people with views like mine find abhorrent: twenty years of a leftwing Supreme Court, socialism firmly ensconced in our system, loss of the Senate and possibly of the House, the humiliation of conservatives generally.

The guy’s message plainly resonates with his fellows (my friend reposted it!) and that means it resonates with me albeit for opposite reasons because he wants what I oppose. And continuing to oppose Trump can help him and those who think like him to achieve their dream.

I am still disgusted by the very idea of Trump in the White House but if the alternative is to deliver the country into the hands of those who think as this fellow does? Well, I don’t know. Trump’s not gonna change. What you see with him is what you get: a huckster and narcissist, a venal man who mouths bigotry and awakens the darker angels of our nature. But the alternative is to stand aside and let folks like this fellow have their way.

So the question now is: Can I vote for Trump and still look myself in the mirror in the morning?

About Stuart W. Mirsky

Stuart W. Mirsky, a former New York City official who last served as Assistant Commissioner for Operations in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene before retiring in 2002, wrote a column, "The Rockaway Irregular," for The Wave, a south Queens based weekly, for more than a decade (until Hurricane Sandy changed the equation). He is an original founder of the Rockaway Republicans, one of the most active Republican groups in southern Queens, and author of a number of books, including The King of Vinland's Saga, an historical novel of the Norse in 11th century North America, A Raft on the River, a memoir of Holocaust survival, and Choice and Action, a work of contemporary philosophy addressing the implications of relativism and nihilism for our moral beliefs.

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