The time has come where I can no longer passively hope your political acumen shrivels up on its own, or where I try to pray you out of the White House. Trust me, I’ve tried that. I believe in a good, good God who is solemn and is not blinded by the election outcome this November. I believe He knows who the next leader of the free world is. BUT, let me be the first to say, I hope and pray that it is NOT you.
Today, as I heard the breaking news story about your conversations in 2005, I found myself feeling a lot of things. Anger. Disgust. Sadness. And most shockingly, I felt not shocked. You see, for the past two years I have listened to you demean people for their race, gender, economic status and religious affiliation. Each and every time, I’ve wondered “What could be worse than what he just said?” Well, I’m saddened to say that (un)shockingly there is nothing worse…because you said it in 2005.
I implore you to think about this: If I were to make the same drunk-with-power statements about your wife, your daughters, your granddaughters…what would your response be? Would it be to elect me as the President of the United States? Would you be angry? Would you be sad? Would you want to rip me to shreds? Or, would you awkwardly acknowledge that your daughter is beautiful and that if she wasn’t related to you, then hey…who knows what could happen?
Oh wait…you did do that one.
Aside from what should be the obvious – you bowing out of the presidential race – I want to ask you to do one thing: rethink your apology. In your first apology you scapegoated Bill Clinton for “way worse” comments and you apologized to “anyone who was offended.” In your next video statement, you apologize for the things you said and then start ranting about how Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary isn’t much better.
You see…the issue is this. Not once were you able to accept fault for raping women. Because yes, that’s what you did. Touching women, groping them, kissing them, doing whatever your penis and lips desire just because you’re rich and “they don’t stop you”…that’s rape. Your apologies shouldn’t be directed at those offended.
I’m offended…but you didn’t rape me. I’m offended…but it wasn’t my marriage you violated. I’m offended…but it wasn’t my daughter you groped. I’m offended…but it wasn’t my race or religion you demonized. I’m offended…but it wasn’t me who you’ve threatened to ship back to government corruption and institutionalized genocide. You see…your apologizes to me mean nothing.
If you had a shred of respect, an ounce of remorse, the slightest faint of humanity OR an inkling of an understanding of the Christian faith you profess…then you’d understand your apologies shouldn’t be made to those who are offended. Your apologies shouldn’t be ended with finger-pointing or trying to rally the angry troops. Your apologies should be to those who you have raped, the men whose marriages you disrespected, the fathers whose daughters you violated, and the immigrants and refugees who have chosen to fight for a better life versus fighting to live. Those are the people you owe an apology to. Not me.
And, to your supporters, I say this: now is the time to evaluate if you really want to morally and ethically align yourself with a man who publicly admitted to rape, cast it aside because that was “like 11 years ago” and refuses to take any responsibility for his actions? Is this really how we “make America great again?”
To his Christian supporters, is this the man you want to choose eternal accountability for?
To Clinton supporters, I say this: now is NOT the time to escalate your political agenda. Now is the time to support, love and seek out the help, treatment and love for those wronged by people in power…including the ones hurt by your candidate. Pushing your agenda should play second…no…last fiddle to helping those in need.
Lastly, to the undecided voter and the conservative voter who can’t bring themselves to vote for Clinton, I say this: it is time to exercise your democracy.
I believe that the single greatest freedom we as American citizens get to experience is that of the ability to speak boldly into how our country is run. A vote cast is not a vote wasted. The only wasted vote are those gone unvoiced…or those towards a man sure to be impeached for moral & ethical failure in his 4 years of service.
Not sure who to vote for? Don’t vote for Trump. Don’t like Clinton either? Don’t vote for Clinton. See how beautiful democracy is? You get to pick! Like a third party candidate? Vote for him or her! See someone else who’s a better candidate that’s not on your ballot? Write them in.
Finally, I’ll close with this. I apologize to: women, Latin Americans, refugees, Muslims, and all the other people without the skin color, genitalia, power or riches deemed worthy of Donald Trump.
I should have spoken sooner. Please know that at the end of the day, my love for you is but a drop in an endless ocean of love that Jesus has for you. My love extends to the power of my words in a blog, but Jesus’ love for you conquered the grave, brings you to new life and offers a freedom greater than any vindication Donald Trump, myself or anyone else can offer you. May you find the love of the Savior a comfort in a time where you fear for your freedom, safety and well-being.