I do not believe a true liberal could vote for Trump no matter how angry you are at the establishment. Trump is ill-suited and ill-equipped to to be President. He was born into and still is the 1%. Ours is a world he does not understand. He has misused the system with four bankruptcies to cheat his creditors. He isn't for, nor has he ever been for blue or white-collared workers. His economic plan has shown it will lose extensive jobs and cost billions as countries react to his proposed tariffs and isolationism. His Russian business ties, for decades, has been worrisome. Putin can manipulate Trump, and will do so, being the consummate opportunist. In addition, Trumps' bigotry and bully-tactics have no place in a civil, democratic society.
Bottom line, politics is pragmatic. This political race is too close and the stakes too high to make this year year a protest vote. Bernie Sanders has requested all of his supporters that this is not the time for a protest vote. Jill Stein has her points but it is a given she cannot win. Instead, for those of you who know history, she will become a Ralph Nader at the polls. The votes Al Gore lost to Nader in Florida would have secured Gore in Florida and the presidency. Instead the nation got Bush, Cheney, Iraq, and the horror show that they created in the Middle East. Hold you nose, if you must, but do vote for Hillary Clinton.
Numerous and admirable heads of state support her and are trying to educate the public on facts instead of a GOP agenda to keep her out of the White House. All candidates arrive with their own baggage that become political fodder, but Clinton has what Trump has not shown: she has a well-appointed economic plan; she understand Putin's dangers; the complexity of the Middle East; and she has a deep understanding of foreign policy. She has never been a bigot, and consistently champions children's and women's rights throughout the world. Hillary Clinton is respectful of the Supreme Court, the Constitution, and comes with her own excellent intellect.
Idealism is a beautiful thing, but not in this very ugly election. Please be pragmatic and vote for Hillary Clinton in order to stop Trump. You will look back in ten years and be glad you did.
pragmatism definition. An approach to philosophy, primarily held by American philosophers, which holds that the truth or meaning of a statement is to be measured by its practical (i.e., pragmatic) consequences.