In an op-ed for the New York Times, James Glassman — a man that has voted for every Republican candidate since 1980 — offers a call to action to America: save the Republican party, vote Clinton.
Glassman echoes the concerns of Republicans throughout the country when he explains that he, too, was left without any clue as to who to vote for this November. He couldn’t stand Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, didn’t support a few of Gary Johnson’s policies, and feared giving Clinton his vote — someone who, he says, “has trouble with the truth.”
At the heart of Glassman’s rebuke of Trump is the fact that he doesn’t adhere to even the most basic conservative principles. Instead, Trump’s
“appalling temperament renders him unfit to be president, and his grotesque policy formulations mock the principles of liberty and respect for the individual that have been the foundation of the Republican Party since Abraham Lincoln.”
Glassman claims that he “saw this coming” — that he worked to create a path for a viable third party candidate. After a year and a half, however, he abandoned the project.
He came to the conclusion that the race was, in fact, between Trump and Clinton. Whether or not anyone wanted a third party candidate, Trump and Clinton would dominate the race. Therefore, Glassman claims that, in order to stop Trump, you must vote for Clinton.
Many have been critical of this ideology since the primaries. In fact, this type of logic has been pervasive in the Republican party. People have said that the ‘Bernie or Bust’ crowd could be doing the American public a disservice in refusing to come around to the possibility of a Clinton presidency, for instance. But the fact remains: if these voters throw away their valuable votes on a third party candidate that has no chance of winning the election, we will be more likely to see Trump enter the Oval Office.
“It’s a matter of simple math. Consider a swing state like Ohio. Assume, for argument’s sake, that there are 3.1 million Trump voters, 3 million Clinton voters and 200,000 voters like me who will never vote for Mr. Trump but have reservations about Mrs. Clinton. If this last group doesn’t vote — or votes for Mr. Johnson, or another third-party candidate — then Mr. Trump wins the state. If the group votes for Mrs. Clinton, then Mr. Trump loses. A vote for Mrs. Clinton neutralizes a vote for Mr. Trump; an abstention allows that Trump vote to stand.”
However, Glassman’s appeal to the American public comes from another angle — a Republican urging other Republicans to make a smart decision about the future of their own party.
Although he supports the members of the GOP that have publicly spoken out against Donald Trump, he’s also critical of their lack of support for Clinton. The way that they have reacted to the prospect of a Trump presidency is completely devoid of the urgency that is needed.
“Trump is so lacking in experience and judgment that he shouldn’t have his finger on the nuclear trigger, then you are saying he is not just a bad candidate; you are saying he is a threat to the nation. You have an obligation to defeat him, no matter what you think of Mrs. Clinton.”
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