Dear: Everyone unhappy with Trump or Clinton
It’s January 20, 2017 and President Trump finishes taking his oath of affirmation with the promise to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States”. The world watches in awe and many ask: how did this happen?
Rewind a few months back to today. Donald Trump has cleared 16 hurdles of Republican challengers and Hillary Clinton is the last to stand in his way. During the primary race, Bernie spent months attacking Hillary’s controversial record and after he didn’t get the nomination, Trump had no trouble picking up where he left off. This has left a fragmented liberal base who are increasingly turning to Third Party candidates like Gary Johnson and Jill Stein to represent their views. In the most recent polls, Johnson and Stein are combining for over 10% of nation’s vote and that’s bound to go up. It’s also likely that Gary Johnson has enough support to appear on the ballot in all 50 states come November 8th, giving his fans an easy way to support him. In my home state of Utah, Trump leads the polls with 29 percent, Hillary with 27, and Johnson with 26.
Yes, some third party voters are people who otherwise vote Republican, but Hillary polls better when third party candidates are excluded. In other words, third party candidates hurt Hillary more than Trump. Every fifth Bernie supporter says they would prefer a third party candidate and if you are one of those people, please hear me out.
The Democratic National Committee was unfair and what they did was inexcusable. They deliberately made efforts to weaken the Campaign of Bernie Sanders, a man who I think would have made a great president. Bernie’s speculation was confirmed when Wikileaks released DNC emails plotting Bernie’s demise and this should make you mad. But the outrage needs to be funneled into changing and bettering the party that he represents, not abandoning it entirely. If you don’t favor Clinton or Trump right now, your ballot will be of the most important cast come November. It is you that will be shifting the ticker between Trump and Clinton. Period. Johnson or Stein will NOT be our next president, but Donald Trump might. And If you genuinely think Donald Trump would make a better President than Hillary Clinton, I will not waste my time trying to convince you otherwise. But if you’re supporting a third party candidate, I’m begging you to reconsider. Your support of a candidate who represents your views is admirable, but the potential repercussions are irreversible.