With so much focus on the Democratic debates these days, it is easy to succumb to thinking that the 2020 election presents a choice between a far-left candidate and Donald Trump. I write this letter to remind members of the Republican Party that Trump need not be the GOP’s nominee. Since it is primary season, I urge you to contact the Republican National Committee and request that they endorse a primary challenger — a candidate who will promote conservative values without the divisiveness, dishonesty and indecency that define the Trump administration.
Beyond budget proposals that are far from fiscally conservative, the incumbent regularly commits egregious moral transgressions. While some readers will dismiss that claim as a “trumped-up” accusation, there are clear and explicit examples: Trump has admitted to (and bragged about) sexually assaulting women (a fundamentally misogynistic act). He has made statements about citizens of color that echo verbatim the language used to define “harassment based on national origin” in the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s pamphlet on anti-discrimination. Finally, he regularly disseminates manipulated or false information to dehumanize refugees and others who are “inconvenient.” (This can be fact-checked using his own administration’s data sources.) It is deeply problematic when a leader must attempt to undermine the dignity of others to achieve his agenda.
I am appalled by this behavior coming from the president of our nation. More acutely, perhaps, I am appalled by the lack of condemnation from Republican leadership. These offenses are clearly immoral — it is not difficult to say so. To remain silent and nominate Trump now is to support him in his racism, misogyny, and lack of integrity. During this primary season, Republicans must choose who will best represent the party and promote conservative values. Given his track record, that person is not Donald Trump.