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Dear Republicans: It's time to dump Trump

Republicans have a choice: A conservative future for America, or Donald Trump - They will not have both.

As a backstory, here’s what Trump said on Truth Social after the release of “The Twitter Files”:


“So, with the revelation of MASSIVE & WIDESPREAD FRAUD & DECEPTION in working closely with Big Tech Companies, the DNC, & the Democrat Party, do you throw the Presidential Election Results of 2020 OUT and declare the RIGHTFUL WINNER, or do you have a NEW ELECTION? A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution. Our great “Founders” did not want, and would not condone, False & Fraudulent Elections!

After intense backlash from a host of politicians and pundits that sought to make clear their unwavering love of the US Constitution, Trump doubled down:


“UNPRECEDENTED FRAUD REQUIRES UNPRECEDENTED CURE!”

That’s right, the former POTUS and 2024 candidate is actually calling for the suspension (temporarily, I’m sure) of the US Constitution’s election rules.


It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: This is a terrible idea that should not be supported by anyone who claims to love America, including and especially a former president. Whether or not this is possible is beside the point. Trump has no principles other than the pursuit of power for Trump.


Trump may have been the least bad president of my lifetime, but something tells me round 2 will be nothing more than an authoritarian revenge plot.


As if the classified documents, election conspiracy, dinner with Ye and Fuentes weren’t enough, adding in the termination of constitutional rules should push republic-loving Republicans over the edge.


It’s true that the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story might have led to Biden’s election, but we have a process. If the people see Trump as the “rightful winner” and the man who should be running the show, we’ll find out in 2024.


Yes, the left are hypocrites


It’s also important to call out the constant hypocrisy from those on the left that are appalled by Trump’s willingness to throw the constitution by the wayside. The constitution remains a useful obstacle. It’s an obstacle for anyone in the government that wants more power, or that wants to prevent their enemies from gaining power.


Let’s not forget that ironically, if it weren’t for some Trump appointed Judges the Biden Administration would have gotten away with canceling $400b worth of student loans, and forcing workers at private companies to get the covid vaccine -and those are just the first two that came to mind. Trump likely cares about the constitution about as much as Biden or any other politician in DC.


Learn from the past


Republicans should learn from the lessons of the past. Any power you give the government will eventually be used against you. Some of the most egregious examples of weaponized political bias against Trump came from structures created by Republican presidents, including Trump himself. CISA was created, and FISA reauthorized, under Trump. How do republicans feel safe establishing even more dangerous precedents that will be used by people they don’t like in the future?


Not only does Trump’s call to “terminate” election rules play perfectly into the hands of the left’s “Orange Hitler” rhetoric, it’s also downright ridiculous. Biden was not in control of the government at the time Twitter banned the laptop story, nor do we have proof that the “Biden team” requested that it be done.


Trump is a cancer to conservatism


After last weekend's “Twitter Files” revelations, the story should have been about collusion between big tech companies and those with power in Washington. Instead, republicans have spent their time fielding questions about a former president and current presidential candidate suggesting that we terminate the constitution (no matter how exaggerated the claim has become in the media).


DOJ collusion with big tech to censor “misinformation,” and Twitter shielding the public from Hunter Biden’s wrongdoings weeks before the election should be dominating the news cycle. Instead conservatives are attempting to distance themselves from an unhinged plot to throw out the constitution and restore the Oval Office to its rightful owner.


The recent midterm elections should have been about inflation, gas prices, family, taxes, but instead were decided by the fight to “save democracy.”


Conservatism has become a dog chasing its tail. Republicans want to run the country, but the American people have no clue what they’d do with it once taking power.


What are republican voters thinking?


If you care about limited government, individualism, low taxes, fiscal responsibility, family values, etc., why would you choose Trump over any other potential 2024 candidate? How would I (as a potential republican voter) assume that Trump cares about any of those things, when his number one priority seems to be revenge against those who wronged him? What about the wrongs committed against the American people on a daily basis?


Trump dominates the news cycle for the wrong reasons. Conservatives need a direction, they need a story, they need to present a vision for the future. Donald Trump saying “I’ll be back” as The Constitution Terminator is not the look republicans need in the next election.


Trump has no chance of winning in 2024


Before the next paragraph triggers my MAGA friends and family, I’ll give you a disclaimer:

Except in obvious cases, mail-in voting needs to be stopped (like we had in most of the country prior to covid). I have no proof that the 2020 election was stolen, but I will never deny the possibility. Democrats had ample motive and opportunity. That being the case, I have seen no irrefutable evidence that Trump was the winner.


In 2020, Trump lost the last election to someone who wakes up every day to fresh news that he’s the President. Yes, Joe Biden won from his basement.


Did 81 million people actually vote for Joe Biden? Absolutely not. 81 million people voted against Donald Trump. He is polarizing to an extent we’ve never seen in American politics, and the for/against scale has only tipped further in favor of anyone on the ticket not named Trump. Is delivering the vengeance Trump seeks really worth the risk of electing Bernie Sanders as our next president?


If what you care about are conservative policies, those same policies can be achieved with a DeSantis-style leader in the White House. If you are out for Trump’s revenge, I recommend taking an honest moral inventory. America-first is not about one man. Presidents come and go. They have limited terms, and limited powers. America-first means focusing on our future, and we will not have the future we deserve if we continue to fight for Donald Trump’s return to Washington.