Let me address one of your other points
Philip wrote: ↑
Sat May 11, 2019 10:20 am
Now, even if Trump cynically was building his conservative base by turning pro-life, to me, that alone is enough to vote for him
Here's the issue for me...
Trump has demonstrated that he has no respect or regard for the laws of our country, and he is convinced that he can violate those laws with impunity. And if those laws or law enforcement threatens his power then he brazenly attacks law enforcement and obstructs law enforcement.
Trump has no regard for anyone other than himself. He sees other people as things to be manipulated for his purposes.
One striking example is his admission on a hot mic that his position of power lets him assault women without paying any consequences. And there are many other examples of his disdain for other people.
Truth and facts mean nothing to Trump. Trump cares about whatever narrative he happens to be selling at the moment (and that narrative can change at a moment's notice) and how many people he can suck into his narrative.
This is what immediately turned me off in 2016. He blatantly and repeatedly lies...over and over and over again... and he just doesn't care that people know he is lying. His primary concern is whether or not he can get his political base to believe whatever narrative he is perpetuating.
So when Trump claims to embrace a position that is dear to me (pro-life) as a cynical tool to lock in a political base to keep him in power, I cannot bring myself to ignore or become an apologist for his immoral, dishonest, and corrupt behavior as President.
I don't believe that a claim to be pro-life should protect the President of the United States from facing the legal and electoral consequences of his immoral, dishonest, and lawless behavior.
And as I've said earlier in this thread, I think it is imperative for the President to face the electoral consequences of his lawless and corrupt behavior in 2020.
We're talking about deeply held personal religious beliefs with Ed... Well, my deeply held personal religious beliefs will not let me support a dishonest, immoral, criminal for President of the United States. I couldn't do it in 2016 and unless Trump has a Damascus Road experience between now and next November, I don't see myself being able to do it in 2020 either.