Martin Longman writes A Letter to Mr. Medford of South Carolina, a Trump voter who asks for understanding of his moral defense for his November vote.
In Aardvark’s estimation, Longman hits the nail on the head. Read it all. Longman concludes this way:
So, again, we know it’s hard to make the choice to vote against the party that best represents your value system. We would struggle mightily to make that kind of decision. But there are no shortage of Republicans who told you to do precisely that because they saw, in Trump, someone who was uniquely unsuited to be president due to flaws in his character and questions about his grip on reality. You didn’t listen to us, or to them, and you chose to prioritize other factors more highly than any concerns about Trump.
You are being morally judged for this decision. We believe that you will come to learn that you made a mistake, but what we’re really interested in is making sure you understand where we’re coming from.
We don’t think it is okay that Donald Trump is the president of the United States. We think this should have been obvious when it came time to vote. And we think that it tells us something about the morals of people that they would overlook his Birtherism and his race-baiting and his characteristics that we discourage in our own children and his treatment of women, and still support him because they have other priorities that are more important to them.
Now, if you want to make a moral defense of your decision, we’re all ears. Thank you for listening to our moral defense of our position.
The Judgmental Left