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On Matt Lewis (@MattKLewis), Wokeness, and Opposing Trump

I’ve known Matt Lewis for a long time and over the past day I have been very interested in his twitter feed. Here’s a sample to get you started.

Matt is conveying something I’ve been noting for a while with regard to the left. If you are not with them, you are for Trump. It has become very binary. Oddly enough, this was the same position Trump supporters claimed in 2016 when I did not support him. Opposing Trump meant a vote for Hillary. I did not vote for either one and Trump still won.

The logic is one of panic, but it is wrapped in some serious intolerance. The left expects that if I oppose Trump then I will vote for any Democrat no matter how offensive that Democrat is to my values. I commend Matt for just opting out, which it seems he is going to do.

I decided to vote for Trump as I have concluded that there are parts of this Administration and the President’s tenure that I appreciate, even if I continue to have reservations and objections. I think I have an obligation to speak up about those reservations and objections and not be a rah-rah cheerleader, which generates lots of anger from Trump supporters.

But I will still vote for President Trump. It is not in my nature to just sit it out. I voted third party in 2016 because I thought character counted and opposed both major party candidates. Most Americans disagreed. That third party candidate lost his damn mind and I see no reason to sit it out or vote third party this time. I’ll side with Trump.

I have noticed a funny thing along the way. I was a great person to have on television for a long time. Here was another conservative who opposed President Trump. It was useful for the media across the board. I could come on and the anchor or reporter could say something like, “Erick Erickson, you were an elected Republican and a staunch conservative and you don’t think the President is right, correct?” Then it could descend into a conversation about why I thought the President was wrong, why I did not vote for him, and the three person panel of me, the anchor, and the Democrat could all agree.

The moment I said I would support the President, the invites for TV went from a few a week to pretty much none. Funny how that works. I’m still willing to say he’s wrong on issues, but the “then why are you still voting for him?” question descends into “because the other side is too radical and really hates my values.” The media doesn’t want to hear that. It is reflected in much of what Matt is seeing. You are either for the left or for Trump. There can be no in between.

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