Statement By Deborah DeMoss Fonseca, Spokesperson for Conservatives Against Trump

Never Trump

With both the Republican and Democrat nominating conventions now over, we reaffirm that we remain #NeverTrump and #NeverHillary. Nothing has changed for us.

We have taken this position because our duty as citizens and conservatives compels us.  We take no joy in standing against the Republican Party, a Party that has been a home for our resolute belief in the founding principles of limited government, religious liberty, freedom of speech, sanctity of human life, and a strong national defense.

It is a fact of record that a majority of Republicans participating in the primaries did not vote for Donald Trump.  Many of those who do support Trump have done so with good intentions, born out of a shared and deep frustration with the direction of our nation and a yearning to reclaim the Constitutional Republic we see slipping away.

We had a deep and strong bench of Republican presidential candidates – inspired by the increasing lawlessness of the Obama Administration and its many actions trammeling the liberties guaranteed us in our Constitution.  It turns out that our bumper crop of excellent candidates has provided an opening for one who is a pretend-Republican, and barely that.

We see no small irony in the fact that the Republican Platform Committee produced one of the most deeply conservative platforms in modern electoral history, but nominated a candidate who has taken positions contrary to its central tenets. Donald Trump is a contradiction to most everything the Party states as its core beliefs.

Trump begins as a liberal Republican, arguably more liberal than any other Republican presidential candidate in recent memory. He repeatedly praises Planned Parenthood. He has donated significant money to liberal politicians – including Hillary Clinton. He wants the government to run health care. He opposes entitlement reform. He supported the Obama stimulus spending plan, the auto bailout and the banks bailout.  He opposes free trade agreements. Trump is much closer to the Democratic Party than the Republican. He is a man whose deepest creed is himself.

We expect he will become still more liberal now that he has won the nomination. This pretend Republican has preyed on misunderstandings, ignorance, and sometimes violence and rank bigotry.  He has been vulgar, coarse, demagogic, and cruel. He has mocked disabled people, lauded dictators, and insisted that military leaders would follow his lawless orders should he attain the Presidency.  He has been slow to condemn racists – the very reason the Republican Party was founded.  He has praised torture as a form of punishment and promised to extend retribution to the innocent.

Some of our fellow conservatives have augured that the Supreme Court vacancy compels them to vote for Trump.  We respect them and their reasoning, but we do not agree.  We do not trust that Trump would appoint a good Justice or, if he does, would fight for a conservative jurist against an adversarial Senate.

Furthermore, we would be gambling on a good Supreme Court nomination at the price of constitutional integrity – and this coming from a Republican President leading a party that prides itself on originalist jurisprudence.

We do not trust Donald Trump to bow to the authority of the Constitution or the laws of Congress. He is running on a platform of strength and action, and our Constitution was formed to hobble not just quick lawmaking, but the very kind of strongman governance Trump embodies, despite the angry clamor from a justifiably frustrated electorate.

The Founders feared the passions of factions and temporary majorities.  They constructed a democratic republic precisely because they wanted to check our passions and elevate our more noble and enduring will.  They rejected vox populi vox Dei – that the voice of the people is the voice of God.  And so must we.

We allow for the fact that the character of the American citizenry is changing in some dangerous ways. The pernicious impact of a compromised and, thus, degraded media is slithering into our souls.

We suspect a portion of the electorate is tiring not just of “Establishment Republicans” but also with the inherent strictures of limited government, checks and balances, and the Framers’ predilection for compromise. We are a divided country, and that leads inevitably to a divided polity. Impatience with the messiness inherent in forging e pluribus Unum – “out of many, one” – may be leading erstwhile defenders of the American experiment to prefer the strongman who can get things done, constitutional limits be damned.

The antidote is to put forward leaders who will appeal to our reason and virtue, not our instincts and vices.  We are committed to the principles of the Republican Party, not because they belong to the Party but because we believe they are right and just.  We are conservatives before we are Republicans.

We believe that politics is about the art of the possible.  We have often been in a position of supporting the lesser of two evils.  But Donald Trump appeals not to our better angels but to our baser instincts.

We will not compromise core principle for the sake of Party allegiance.

We will not allow vulgarity to stand in the place of virtue.

We will not allow Trump to be the face of the nation to the world – not with our votes.

We will not sit by idly and allow conservatism to be hijacked by a man who shares none of the values of Reagan and Lincoln.

We will support conservative candidates down-ballot.

We will vote our conscience because we believe such a vote is our right and duty as citizens and is never wasted — whether that be voting for another conservative candidate or a write-in.

We will continue to speak out on issues important for our nation.  We will seek to impact the newest generation of voters and educating them on the Constitution, the role of faith, family, and freedom as the basis of limited government.

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6 thoughts on “Statement By Deborah DeMoss Fonseca, Spokesperson for Conservatives Against Trump

  1. Rod Terrell says:

    Hilary Clinton will be president anyway so why vote? We are doomed with whoever gets in the White House .

    1. Charlotte says:

      Ms Fonseca makes a clear and impassioned argument for NOT voting for Donald Trump. She is right on every point … sort of. Many of us keep coming back to the inescapable fact that voting for Hillary Clinton will (1) subject our party to another four-eight years of the Obama-type progressive juggernaut we have chafed under for the past eight, and (2) likely set in stone the end of our democracy and the Constitution that preserves it.

      If these two points are valid (and I believe they are commonly agreed upon by conservatives), the never-Trump contingent needs to present a better alternative. It has not. And in a pragmatic sense, THERE IS NONE, because not voting or voting for a outsider candidate is tantamount to escorting Hillary Clinton to her inauguration. So, what do we do? We take, with lots of ardent prayers, the straw of hope that a Donald Trump offers versus the hopeless alternative.

      Perhaps, just perhaps, The Donald will surprise us and become a good president. Yes, he’s crude, but so was Lyndon Johnson (in the extreme). Yes, he has espoused all kinds of liberal policies in the past, but so did Ronald Reagan. Reformation IS possible, and the voters who support Donald need to endlessly reinforce the principles we are looking for. One mitigating factor for Trump is that much of his verbal and financial support in the past likely has been focused on doing what best benefited his businesses … a common strategy in the mega-business crowd.

      TO SUMMARIZE: I hate as much as anyone the quandary in which we find ourselves. However, I will “hold my nose” and vote for Donald Trump, sending a prayer to heaven that God will not turn His back on us and will lead us out of this terrible situation.

  2. Had to share this: Ok people, soap box moment………

    Millions of trump supporters feel this way about Donald J. Trump…..”We don’t care if the guy swears… or how many times he’s been married…or who he voted for, or what his income tax return shows. We want the problems fixed. Yes he’s an egomaniac, but we don’t care. We know he’s not a racist, or bad to women, or all the other things the liberal media is trying to label him with. We know he’s raised a good family, and that says a lot about him.

    The country is a mess because politicians suck, the Republican Party is two faced & gutless, and illegals are everywhere and Muslims are openly trying to hurt this country and make the civilized world adjust to them. We want it all fixed!

    We don’t care that Trump is crude, we don’t care that he has changed positions, we don’t care that he fights with Megan Kelly, Rosie O’Donnell, and so many of the elected establishment. We don’t care that Rubio, Cruz, Ryan, the Bush’s, and so many other top old and new Republicans refuse to endorse him for their own selfish reasons, and we know what they are. We don’t care that he doesn’t know the name of some Muslim terrorists, we don’t care that he tried some businesses that didn’t work out.

    This country is weak, bankrupt, our enemies are making fun of us, we are being invaded by illegals, we are becoming a nation of victims, where every Tom, Ricardo and Hasid is a special group with special rights to a point where we don’t even recognize the country we were born and raised in, AND WE JUST WANT IT FIXED. And TRUMP is the only guy who seems to understand what the people want.

    We’re sick of politicians, sick of the Democratic and Republican Party. We’re angry about the Iran deal, the budget, treatment of Israel, military weakness, lobbyists, special interests, overpaid politicians with their self serving bills and back room deals, trade deals, loss of jobs, manipulated economic numbers, businesses fleeing, and even the phoney pay for play Clinton Foundation.

    Americans are no longer going to be fooled, and the movement is out to change the direction we’re taking. Trump may not be a saint, but he doesn’t have lobbyist money holding him, he doesn’t have political correctness restraining him, and all you know is that he has been very successful, a good negotiator, he has built a lot of things, he’s flexible, and he’s also not a politician. And he says he’ll fix it. And we believe him because he is too much of an egotist to be proven wrong or looked at and called a liar.

    Public service has become elected greed. This may be our only chance to have a non-politician, despite his flaws, try and correct the mess, at least for 4 years. We must take the shot, because the consequences of putting Hillary Clinton in office are frightening. There is a tidal wave happening, and its going to overcome much of what’s happened to this country. You can repost this.

  3. Eric M. Wallace, PhD Eric M. Wallace, PhD says:

    How do you know Trump will keep his word? How do you know that he is not lying? He has no political track record. You’ve put your trust in a man who only cares about himself and his ability to close a deal. God helps us if you are wrong. At least we know what we get with Hillary. You really have no clue what Trump will do. Maybe he’ll change his mind again and switch back to his liberal leanings. Again God helps since neither candidate has a clue.

  4. Eric M. Wallace, PhD Eric M. Wallace, PhD says:

    The hope that you guys place in Trump is just like the hope liberals placed in Obama. People listened to the rhetoric and paid little attention to the actual man and what he had actually done and said in the past. They bought the Obama hype. Now people are buying the Trump hype. There is no reason to believe Trump can get anything done. Being president is not the same as being a CEO. He has to be able to deal with Congress. If Obama couldn’t work with congress how do you expect Trump too? This is pure folly.

    Is. 32:5 The fool will no more be called noble,
    nor the scoundrel said to be honorable.
    6 For the fool speaks folly,
    and his heart is busy with iniquity,
    to practice ungodliness,
    to utter error concerning the Lord,
    to leave the craving of the hungry unsatisfied,
    and to deprive the thirsty of drink.
    7 As for the scoundrel—his devices are evil;
    he plans wicked schemes
    to ruin the poor with lying words,
    even when the plea of the needy is right.

  5. chad says:

    I’m stuck in that I did not vote for Trump in primary. I preferred Carson, Carla and cruz. Voted Cruz as the others dropped out by time primary got here.

    With that, I don’t see a viable alternative to either Clinton or Trump. I will vote Trump as Hillary scares me more. Trump won because the RNC does not have mechanisms to stop a populist candidate like the DNC does and did for Hillary. They have delegates controlled by DNC that ensured Bernie could not win.

    Is that good or bad, not sure. But what I know is I will take my chances with Trump and pray that we will continue to have a seat at the table as with Hillary we are guaranteed no seat at the table.

    But our insurance policy is Congress. We need to focus on electing a diverse conservative congress willing to stand up for what is right.

    So please go vote. Sign your name as voted. You do not have ro fill in any bubbles. But casting a ballot is what matters. As a current candidate for county board, I was advised to focus on those who have a proven record of voting. That is sad as I have 4000 registered voters, but only 1000 actual people who vote.

    So vote

    Chaplain Chad McGinnis

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