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A Third Party if Necessary

By  |  March 16, 2016, 09:05am  |  @ewerickson

Before the first Super Tuesday, I wrote that I would never support Donald Trump. I stand by that. The exit polling last night bears out that 40% of Republicans would go elsewhere if Donald Trump is the Republican nominee. That burden is not on me or other voters. It is on Donald Trump and his supporters. They are convinced that Republicans will flock to Trump just as they are convinced that Trump will beat Hillary Clinton. All evidence points to Trump being unable to consolidate the GOP and unable to beat Hillary Clinton.

A Trump nomination will fracture the Republican Party. It will require a third party if only to give people an option in November so that they might still turn out and vote for down ballot races instead of staying home.

There are numerous people complaining today that a third party will give us Hillary Clinton. Actually, a Donald Trump nomination gives us Hillary Clinton, but a viable third party might at lease mitigate Trump’s damage down the ballot.

Donald Trump signed an oath to support the Republican nominee. I took no such oath.

I will not support Donald Trump. Ever.

It is my hope that Donald Trump can be stopped. It is my hope Republicans will come to their senses. But the reality is that Trump is on a path to the nomination and, if not stopped, a viable alternative needs to stand up for those who refuse to vote for him.

This was entirely predictable, stated early and often, and it is not my problem that Trump supporters and the GOP have refused to acknowledge reality. The exit polling last night and the consistent public polling show that Donald Trump will not beat Hillary Clinton and a significant portion of Republican voters will go elsewhere.

The time to prepare a third party alternative has to begin now, even though we would prefer to stop Trump within the Republican primary process.