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I have a confession to make.

I’m a Republican, and I don’t plan to support President Trump in the 2020 election.

I know, I know. But before you get upset, let me explain.

President Trump has had several great wins for the country during his tenure in the White House. The economy, most notably, is thriving. I don’t discount the good that has come from the Trump administration.

But there are also a good deal of unwise decisions and indecent behaviors that have come of his time in office, too. And I refuse to overlook them simply because I am a Republican. I will not turn a blind eye to the abandonment of our Kurdish allies in the Middle East. No, I will not play down the contents of the call with the President of Ukraine. I also will not forget the countless comments demeaning American heroes, disparaging political opponents, and shaming those who dared to express criticism.

An inconvenient truth is not any less of a truth. These things have happened, and they are continuing to happen under President Trump.

For some, this is not enough to dissuade them from voting for him. And though I disagree, I still respect that opinion. But I do hope to be respected for my point of view, as well, rather than gaslighted into believing that I am simply overreacting to Trump’s actions and behavior.

It’s not an overreaction. If this had been occurring under a President Hillary Clinton, the Republican outcry would be deafening — and, arguably, rightly so.

But regardless of where you stand on the issue — whether you are willing to disregard his behavior or not — it must not be expected of Republicans to support Trump simply because he runs under the party platform. We are not, and should not be, sycophants. Rather, we can think for ourselves, and we should view the issue with eyes unclouded by partisanship. If that unbiased view leads you to believe that Trump is deserving of your vote, that is your choice. When that leads me to believe that he is not, that is my choice.

I am tired of being told by people that I have an obligation to vote for Trump in 2020. That I must counteract the terribleness of the opposing side with a vote for Trump, no matter what my conscience tells me.

Further, to be told that there is a religious obligation on Christians to vote for Trump is a step short of blatant manipulation. As Christians, we do not render to Trump, nor to our country. We render to Christ alone. It is the antithesis of Christianity to suggest otherwise.

There is no moral duty for Republicans, nor for Republican Christians, to cede to Trump. What we can do instead is educate ourselves. Read up on Trump, on other candidates running for office. Ensure the decision you make is an informed one, and vote based on your principles and beliefs, not party lines.

Liana I.
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Liana is a follower of Christ and current communications student at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She enjoys writing, reading, and serving others.

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