In a presidential election were one candidate is almost as disliked as the other, what is a voter to do? The pat answer, of course, is vote for “the lesser of the two evils.”
But that often used bromide fails us miserably in this most unusual election year. It seems half the country believes the lesser evil is Hillary Clinton, while the other half is sure it’s Donald Trump.
What it all boils down to is one’s definition of “evil.”
To some Trump voters, raking in millions in “speeches” to Wall Street fat cats, and other one percenters, is evil. Believing the Democratic Party nominee is responsible for the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi is evil. Using your own “foundation” to legally accept bribes, while in office, from foreign governments, including some hostile regimes, is evil. Compromising our national security by setting up your own email server is evil.
To some Hillary voters, defrauding desperate people out of their hard earned money with talks of riches, through your fake university, is evil. Inciting people to violence is evil. Bringing out, and fanning, people’s latent racist instincts is evil. Being a serial liar is evil.
My belief is the lesser of the two evils can best be identified by the way members of the candidate’s own party are treating them.
No Democratic politician I know of is so disgusted with their party’s nominee as to publicly state he or she will vote for the other party’s candidate.
On the Republican side, however, it is very much the opposite. Many Republican politicians have publicly come out against their party’s nominee (OK, presumptive nominee). Many have said they just can’t find it within their hearts to be party-loyal over doing the right thing for the country. A few notable Republicans have actually gone so far as to state they would be voting for the other party’s candidate! (Brent Scowcroft, Henry Paulson, Mark Slater)
And now we have a group of Republican women coming out for Hillary in a big way. The women kicked off their first steering committee meeting this past Monday for a new organization: “Republican Women for Hillary.”
“It’s really important that Republican leaders, especially Republican women leaders, stand up right now and say we’re not OK with Trump representing our party,” said Jennifer Lim, a group founder who works at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and has spent much of her life volunteering for Republican causes and campaigns. “This is not a position I ever wanted to find myself in. But it’s important that when things like this happen that people speak up.”
Don’t expect a bunch of Democratic women following suit by setting up an organization to support The Donald.
So there you have it, the answer to the dilemma. Hillary Clinton is undoubtedly the lesser of the two evils.
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