I wasn’t surprised to learn the DNC would go with President Obama instead of me last night. And in some ways I’m glad they did. It was an awesome speech about our great Republic.
Had I been given the chance to let my own voice ring out in Philadelphia, this is what I would have said:
I do not like Hillary Clinton. I am not with her. But I am a realist, and she will get my vote, anyway.
I will hold my nose and vote for Hillary.
One alternative is worse. The other hopelessly plays to the first alternative’s hand.
How embarrassing for Donald J. Trump, in the first case, that Vladimir Putin favors his ascension. How embarrassing for our Republic, in the second, that we are painted into the awful corner of a two-party system.
Of Trump I ask: what does it say about your validity as a leader that Vladimir Putin is actively working to get you elected?
And because you are Trump and too full of your own ego to know the answer, I will reply. It says that you are the weak candidate. The foolish candidate. The candidate more likely to lead this country to destruction. Vlad would rather go head-to-head against the least capable person, not the most capable, and for that reason his spooks are at work against Hillary. Putin fears Hillary. He does not fear you. Putin would love to get bare-chested into the ring with you. And I believe he would tear you up, like a bear with an orange rag doll in its mouth.
And now, Mr. Trump, will Gowdy and Chaffetz investigate you, now that you have publicly expressed support for a foreign intelligence service? Treason.
How shameful for our Republic that at a time when we should be reflecting on a milestone—the nomination of the first female to head a major party ticket—we are instead shamed by how one of those parties conspired against the democratic process to make it happen. How embarrassing that the DNC has, like Bill Clinton before, shamed our highest office. What a wretched state for our democracy that the DNC has taken a candidate many already distrust and made her seem even less trustworthy.
How embarrassing for me, today, to stand before you all and admit that come November, I will vote for Hillary.
And I will be holding my nose while I do it.
Thank you. Long live our Republic.