Voting for Trump – grimly

Donald Trump got the Republican nomination for the presidency with a lot of support. He still has quite a bit of support, especially from a devout base.

Why would people vote for Trump now? ‘Clinton’ is one simple and strong answer. Hillary Clinton (and her husband Bill) are very unliked by many people.

David Gelernter, a professor of computer science, gives his opinion in the Wall Street Journal in Trump and the Emasculated Voter.

There’s only one way to protect the nation from Hillary Clinton, and that is to vote for Donald Trump.

Some conservatives have watched their evaluations of Donald Trump’s character drop so low in recent days that on this vital question they no longer see a choice between Donald Trump andHillary Clinton. Accordingly, they are forced back onto politics and policy; and naturally Mr. Trump wins in a walk.

If conservatives who argue that Mr. Trump is worse than Mrs. Clinton had a case, it would be a relief to vote for Mrs. Clinton or for no one. But they don’t, and one is therefore forced for the good of the nation to vote for Mr. Trump.

It’s sad but true that the election for the president of the United States is dominated by ‘least worst’, or less bad.

In his Mr. Nauseating video of last weekend, Mr. Trump showed us that he had all the class and cool of a misbegotten 12-year-old boy. Yet the video taught us nothing; no one had ever mistaken him for anything but an infantile vulgarian. This week’s allegations of actual abuse are different. If these stories are true (and I don’t know why they shouldn’t be), there is nothing to be said for Mr. Trump.

Unfortunately, there is nothing to be said for Mrs. Clinton either. If we don’t take both facts into account, we are not morally serious.

Despite how infantile and vulgar Trump is he is seen by many as less bad than Clinton.

Mrs. Clinton has nothing on Mr. Trump when it comes to character. She lies (“Wipe? Like with a cloth?”—cute and charming Mrs. C.) the way basketball stars shoot baskets—constantly, nonstop, because it’s the one thing she is best at and (naturally) it gives her pleasure to hear herself lie—swish!—right onto the evening news.

Trump would appear to lie a lot too. If not more. But his supporters don’t see that or don’t care about that because Clinton.

I’ll vote for Mr. Trump—grimly. But there is no alternative, no shadow of a responsible alternative.

Mr. Trump’s candidacy is a message from the voters. He is the empty gin bottle they have chosen to toss through the window.

The message begins with the fact that voters hear what the leaders and pundits don’t: the profound contempt for America and Americans that Mrs. Clinton and President Obama share and their frightening lack of emotional connection to this nation and its people.

A common thing in politics, substituting ‘what I hear’ with ‘the fact that voters hear ‘.

Regardless, many people ‘hear’ or perceive serious flaws with Clinton, and ignore or excuse serious flaws with Trump, so will still hold their noses and vote for him.

However polls suggest voters are turning off Trump.

Perhaps a deciding factor in this election will be turn out, and how many people give up on deciding which candidate stinks the least and don’t vote.