Political scientist James Campbell doesn’t like Donald Trump much, but he is still going to vote for him. He argues that there is a difference between “supporting” a candidate and “voting” for him. He says that he does not “support” Trump–rather, he will feel free to criticize him and denounce him–and yet he will still vote for him, since the alternative is Hillary Clinton.
What do you think of Campbell’s distinction? Is he parsing those words too fine? Isn’t voting for someone a tangible act of support, indeed, the support that really matters? Or is he providing a helpful way forward for anti-Trump conservatives? [Read more…]