Until recently, I viewed never Trump as ending on Election Day. Whether he won or lost, I opposed his candidacy but that’s it. If he won, there would have at least been a chance at a conservative legislative agenda.
Sure, he was a disgusting human being. His list of morally reprehensible incidents includes attacking Megyn Kelly, attacking Ted Cruz’s wife, attacking the Kahn family, and attacking a judge for being Mexican.
I honestly dealing with this was worth Neil Gorsuch, less regulations and fewer federal employees. I was wrong.
This week we saw the largest rally of white nationalists in decades taking place in Charlottesville, Virginia. One counter-protester and two state troopers died as a result. Pundits and politicians from across the political spectrum were unequivocal in their condemnation.
Donald Trump was not unequivocal. He was vague and insincere in his remarks. He refused to condemn the white nationalists at the heart of the national firestorm. His White House actively refused to clarify that his comments applied to white nationalists until hours later.
The events in Charlottesville caused national outrage, but it did cause glee in one disgusting corner of the internet; The Daily Stormer, the internet’s premier site for white nationalists and Neo-Nazis. They were gleefully celebrating the President’s refusal to condemn them.
We know what a President sounds like when they unequivocally condemn racism. Ronald Reagan did that in May of 1984. President Reagan said, ”The politics of racial hatred and religious bigotry practiced by the Klan and others have no place in this country, and are destructive of the values for which America has always stood.”
The White House eventually did clarify The President’s comments. After twenty hours of bipartisan bombardment over Donald Trump’s moral cowardice, an unnamed communication department employee issued a statement saying that Trump’s statements extended to white nationalists. As Scott Lincicome tweeted, “[this is] the functional equivalent of using a Kleenex to mop up a roadside chemical spill”.
Last September 19th, then candidate Trump rightfully said, “Anyone who cannot name our enemy is not fit to lead this country”. I agree. By his own standards, Donald Trump is not fit to lead America. Any national leader that refuses to unequivocally condemn racism and white nationalism is unfit to lead this nation.
I have become increasingly disillusioned with the failures of the Trump administration but Charlottesville pushed me over the edge. I cannot even tacitly support a man who refuses to condemn vile and immoral beliefs. I will still support any good that comes out of the Trump White House like I would with any other administration, but I am also leaving the Trump skeptic camp to join the Never Trump camp.
Originally Published on the Conservative Nut.