Art Sisneros, an elector in Texas, resigned from his position over the weekend, stating that he couldn’t vote for Trump:
“I do not see how Donald Trump is biblically qualified to serve in the office of the Presidency. Of the hundreds of angry messages that I have received, not one has made a convincing case from scripture otherwise,” he wrote on his blog “The Blessed Path.” “If Trump is not qualified and my role, both morally and historically, as an elected official is to vote my conscience, then I can not and will not vote for Donald Trump for President. I believe voting for Trump would bring dishonor to God.”
Where do you even begin in unpacking this? First, Sisneros is using religion as a crutch to try and escape charges of cowardice. If, like he says, he believes that Trump becoming the president will lead to the end of the republic, instead of keeping his position and using it, however ineffectively, to attempt to prevent Trump from taking office, he’s handed it over to a party that’s certain to install someone who will cast a vote for Trump. So he’s done nothing other than put up a blog post to attempt to stop the republic’s collapse, and by resigning he helps to enable that collapse. Real courage there, Art.
Second, Sisneros takes his religion to the nth degree. You can read the entire blog entry here (along with a whole litany of equally nutty stuff). This one is especially interesting:
It is my conviction that the greatest danger to my district is not a Hillary or Trump Presidency, but it is the judgement of God.
Despite whichever way Sisneros couches his argument, he’s doing what I’m afraid a lot of conservatives and Republicans are likely to do—simply state that they never supported Trump, bide their time by taking potshots at liberals and the left anytime they think they overreact to something Trump or his administration do, and wash their hands of the entire mess as though they had nothing to do with it. You can see it happening at the National Review or in the op-ed pages in columns by David Brooks and Ross Douthat, for example: ‘principled’ conservatives who will never fully have Trump’s back (except for when he happens to do something they like), and will simply wash their hands of the entire issue as though they had nothing to do with it. And unfortunately they’ll get away with it.