The driving message of the #NeverTrump movement is Principle Before Party. According to #NeverTrump, voting for Donald Trump would ostensibly violate conservative principles, and therefore, true conservatives must discard party affiliation and vote third party. Voting third party supposedly allows one to keep his or her conscience intact, while not sharing culpability for the election of Hillary Clinton.
Of course, that idea is mathematically absurd. There is a binary choice for President, even if one abdicates that choice. Not voting for Donald Trump effectively acts as voting, or at least half-voting, for Hillary Clinton.
But why contribute to the Democrats’ cause in fractions? Why not flex your considerable principle and vote for Hillary Clinton outright?
America is going through one heck of a rough patch. Our economy is broken. Our culture is decaying. Our border is porous. And with the rise of Islamic terrorism all across the globe, our national security is in a state of crisis.
We simply cannot afford to shirk the tough decisions at hand. Waving the white flag, especially at this juncture in American politics, is cowardly at best, and treasonous at worst. Bold times call for bold measures.
So if you are truly #NeverTrump, you should also be #HillaryJustThisOnce, right?
And before you bring up an “alternative” candidate, come on. Stop trying to make third party politics happen! It’s not going to happen.
Terry Schilling is the executive director of American Principles Project.