Reconciling a vote for Trump, is, for many voters,
not easy impossible. Because many of those voters are disabled, women, women who have been raped, not white, Jewish, Muslim, immigrants, and/or others who Trump and his surrogates have vocally persecuted in the vilest and most terrifying terms. Also, they see that Trump is to lying what Coltrane was to jazz and Einstein was to physics.
members of Alaska's congressional delegation Alaska's two Republican senators--whom we rarely see because we dictate the opinion pages of this newspaper from our office in Georgia--have declared him unfit for the presidency, again because he gloried in and bragged about sexually assaulting women, and Alaska has one of the highest rates of domestic violence and sexual assault in the nation, which both our senators recognize.
His rhetoric hasn't been
pretty seen in America ever before, threatens to erode basic functions of democracy and the structure of the Republic, incites violence, and has generally made all of us lesser people for having heard it.
He's run his campaign like a reality TV show, in which the loudest, most obnoxious contestant
comes out on top wins the endorsement of the Juneau Empire, whose editorial page now shares the rather dubious company of the KKK's official newspaper, the Crusader.
A president Trump will have to make the
pivot transfiguration to being "presidential" that he has so far resisted is manifestly incapable of to anyone with eyes, ears, and the willingness to think about Donald Trump being President of the United States with nuclear weapons at his little orange fingertips for even 2.6 seconds.
However, a president Trump administration, we believe, would provide the disruptive forces necessary
for the federal government to rethink its policies in Alaska systematically launch a termite-level assault on the framework of American democracy. On almost every issue--secure borders, a strong military, government regulation, health care--Trump's proposals would benefit not do shit for Alaskans because Trump has no policies, and his "proposals" would be laughable if they weren't so dangerous.
We know this is not the final word on the subject, and readers will
have many different opinions on Tuesday's vote alternately praise us for having the balls to endorse Trump all the way from Augusta, and express horror that we've gone out of our way to join journalistic ranks on the wrong side of history with the Ku Klux Klan.
Our goal is to start a discussion--one that,
hopefully, impossibly, is more civil than the campaign has been.