I read this paragraph in the Huffington Post this morning as they wondered if #NeverTrump really meant NEVER TRUMP.
Certainly, there is plenty of time between now and November for feelings to change, for bruised egos to heal, for Republicans to talk themselves into supporting Trump. But step back and take stock of what took place on Tuesday. A party finally determined who its presumptive nominee would be — and a good chunk of its commentariat, many of its operatives and even some of its lawmakers collectively hurled.
Here is what so many don't understand: There are no egos on this side. In fact, that is just one of the many problems --- ego. There is no ego to heal for me, nor most of those who stood with Ted.
I slept well last night. I did all I could and so did millions of others. We left it all on the field. The American people made their choice. One that I not only disagree with but one I truly don't even begin to understand. But that is the way the system works.
My choice was made long before Trump was even running. While I do agree with #NeverTrump, there's something I believe to be much bigger and more affirming.
I identify as #AlwaysConstitution.
That's consistent. That's hopeful. That's positive. That's not tearing down. That's building up.
The GOP hasn't reflected that position, in action, for at least a decade. And so I don't have to be #NeverTrump if Trump is #AlwaysConstitution. I don't have to be #AlwaysCruz if Cruz would become #MostOfTheTimeConstitution. Unless somebody is #AlwaysConstitution, I have to be #NeverWhomever.
It's why I'm #NeverHillary.
And I refuse to play the argument, "a vote for anyone else is a vote for Hillary." No, a vote for the Constitution is always a vote for the Constitution. You can play that game all you want, but I'm 52 years old. I've been playing that game since I could first vote at 18. I'm not playing that game anymore. That's what got us here.
That's not my advice, that's George Washington's advice. So if you'd like to disagree, if you think you're smarter, wiser than George Washington, that's fine. You can believe that. I don't believe you are. I don't believe I am. I believe the father of our country had it down. I'm going to take his advice, not yours, thank you.
I will be #AlwaysConstitution.
We must continue to fight for the rights and the freedom of all mankind, and we must do it with malice toward none and charity toward all.
Today, I call on you to continue to believe in yourself, continue to believe in your country, continue to believe the best of your fellow countrymen --- even though sometimes you wonder. I call you on today to continue and reaffirm your belief that this country was founded through Divine Providence and Divine Providence still exists.
I'm asking you today to find those who seem to have given up, who are misguided about America or their principles. Find those who have no hope, and fill them with the news that our best days still are just ahead of us.
I'm asking to you continue to believe in America as I do. Believe in our principles as I do --- in individual liberty, freedom and equal justice for all. Continue to defend and serve America as I will. Continue to defend and believe in your fellow citizens because, in the end, that's all we are.
Republicans, this is your party. You have to decide who you are. Are you a collection of principles, or are you about a man?
Don't feel lost today. Don't feel disenfranchised. Don't shut yourself up. Because these principles belong to you.
Featured Image: With his family and running mate Carly Fiorina on stage with him, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) prepares to speak at his election night watch party at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Union Station where he announced he was suspending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on May 3, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)