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October 26, 2016

Derek Hunter: Why I, A Long-Time NeverTrumper, Now Feel Compelled to Vote For The Guy I Don't Like In the Least

Great piece.

I say it's great not because it's a (grudging) endorsement of Trump (and is there any other kind?)

I say it's great because it contains something alien to most NeverTrumpers -- honesty and a sort of taking-the-piss-out-of-myself reflectiveness.

I don't know about you, but I'm sick of reading convicted assholes' strident manifestos about their purported personal virtue and putative high principle.

Last time a Clinton was on the ballot, I voted for Ross Perot. My vote didn't deny Bob Dole the White House, but I confess I felt a smug sense of satisfaction in "refusing to settle." I sure showed them, didn't I?

I havenít been as vocal as other "Never Trump" writers...

PS, a weary nation thanks you for that.

...but neither have I hidden my dislike or tempered my criticism. In a field of 17 Republican candidates, Donald Trump wouldnít have been my 18th choice. Iím still not a fan. But they didnít just ask me; they asked everyone. And more of everyone chose Donald Trump.

I couldnít do it, I just couldnít. For countless reasons Iíve covered over the last year, I dug in my heels and proudly basked in my self-satisfaction. I still defended Trump in this column and on social media when he was wrongly attacked by the left and the media, but I was steadfast in my opposition to the man.

So what changed?

Not Trump...

[Me.' Not through introspection and reflection, but through watching the sickening display of activism perpetrated by a covert army with press credentials....

The media needs to be destroyed. And although voting for Trump wonít do it, it's something. Essentially, I am voting for Trump because of the people who don't want me to, and I believe I must register my disgust with Hillary Clinton.

I've long said that politics isn't about who you like; it's about who you hate.

I've remained consistent in who I hate -- the media, as Derek Hunter does. The smug cabal of those who have not won power nor earned it, but have simply grown up around it, or whose daddy got them jobs in the Political-Media complex.

A lot of "consistent conservatives" have changed dramatically on that point: Who they hate, who they long to defeat, isn't the Political-Media Complex.

It's these deplorable, trashy "populist" Republican voters! They must be taught a lesson -- that they have no voice nor place in the GOP, and they will not be permitted to hijack a pristine party that only executed a Southern Strategy here or there as a youthful indiscretion and turn the keys of power over to the "alt-right," which apparently is such a large force in GOP politics (not a fringe element, as these "consistent conservatives" used ot maintain) that no less dramatic action can save us from these racist, Nazi hordes than NeverTrump Republicans supporting Hillary Clinton with all the breath in their sunken chests.

Meanwhile, they don't seem to realize that defeating one hated Foreign Tribe (GOP voters) winds up rewarding another Foreign Tribe (Democrats and the Media).

But I suppose those tribes aren't as hated as they once were by these "consistent conservatives."

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posted by Ace at 04:55 PM

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