This is why you are wrong.
Any party that receives at least 5% of the popular vote automatically gets Federal campaign funding in the next election cycle.
A vote for a third party candidate is playing the “long game”. While no one expects a third party candidate to win this current election, it guarantees that our preferred third party has a real chance of making a splash in the next one.
Your article is heavy on the overreaction, and light on the facts. There is only so much Trump can do.
I don’t think anyone on Medium would dispute that Trump would be a disastrous president. But the word “disastrous” needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Italy had Silvio Berlusconi as their Prime Minister FOUR TIMES over nearly 20 years, and they’ve got a down economy, but are otherwise all alive and doing alright.
A vote for a third party, is a vote for the big picture and for a long term goal. Yes, it might help Trump (moreso in specific states, less so in others). But on the whole, if you are a true believer in your third party, you should not compromise your vote.