Trump Is Awful, but I'll Probably Vote for Him

Because he's not Hillary Clinton, writes op-ed columnist
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2016 1:36 PM CDT
Trump Is Awful, but I'll Probably Vote for Him
Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up while addressing the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority Conference in Washington.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

An op-ed in the Washington Post reads in parts like a standard attack against Donald Trump, calling him a "classic bully" and a "world-class demagogue," and predicting that he'll "continue to demonize his perceived enemies and take the low road at every opportunity." It worries about his propensity to surround himself with sycophants, and it even uses the word "hate" to describe author Jim Ruth's feelings toward Trump. But the twist is that Ruth is leaning toward voting for him anyway. He explains that he is part of what he calls the "new silent majority"—a group of people who might vote for Trump because of one overarching reason: He's not Hillary Clinton.

"Members of this new silent majority, many of us front-wave baby boomers, value hard work and love the United States the way it was," writes Ruth. He says the group defies stereotypes: While fiscally conservative, some lean left on social issues. But all are worried about four to eight years of Clinton, "a wealthy, entitled progressive with a national security scandal in her hip pocket." Come Election Day, people like Ruth will suppress "a gag reflex" and opt for her opponent, he writes. "We hate Donald Trump. But he just might get our vote." Click for the full column. (More Donald Trump 2016 stories.)

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