America’s third National Pastime, after baseball and memes, has emerged as shaming unconventional voters for their choices. Especially in this upcoming Most Important Election of Our Lifetimes, pundits and trolls of all persuasions have become more self-righteous in their denouncements of people who make different choices than them. It’s time for this to end. Leave voters alone.
The most prominent and arguably least sympathetic target of this demagogic ire are conservatives who plan to vote for Democrats in order to rebuke and stonewall President Trump’s antics and agenda. This phenomenon is common among conservative pundits, especially #NeverTrump Republicans, though by no means widespread. And it’s understandable. If you believe that the leader of your party is doing irreparable harm to the country through his reckless actions and to your party by his toxic rhetoric, then it is a perfectly reasonable position to support the opposition party in the short term to hold out hope for the long term. Trump (or Pence) will still hold the veto pen for at least another 2 years, so it’s not like the Communist Manifesto is going to be enacted if Democrats take back the House, or even the Senate.