I've spent thousands of hours calling and knocking on doors on behalf of conservative candidates. I've written dozens of articles for some of the biggest news sites in conservative media. I've spoken at the largest conservative political conferences in the nation. Fighting a heavy push from my conservative peers, I have found myself speaking out against the presidential candidate who "represents" the movement I've fought so hard for.
As an 18-year-old conservative who has put in countless time and effort for conservatism, it pains me to watch the movement fall to Donald Trump. As a "Never Trump" conservative, I believe a victory for Mr. Trump in November would be incredibly detrimental to America and the end of conservatism as we know it. In fact, I'd go as far to say that Hillary Clinton is a safer option than Donald Trump, even if I won't cast my vote for her.
Well, a president is supposed to be presidential. Personally, I do not want our president (or any politician for that matter) calling women "dogs" and "slobs," insulting our veterans, calling their political opponents "p**sies," disrespecting our former First Ladies, and attacking absolutely anyone who disagrees with him. That is exactly what Donald Trump has done. If Donald Trump can't be mature with women, veterans, dignitaries, and political opponents from his own country, I can't imagine how he'd treat international dignitaries. He's already ignorantly calling for a ban on Muslim immigrants, disrespecting Mexicans, and insulting foreign leaders. With a Trump presidency, we would lose countless allies and generate many unneeded (and potentially dangerous) international conflicts.