People sometimes ask why conservatives like me seem to criticize Donald Trump more than we do Hillary Clinton. I think it’s because we expected Hillary to be a corrupt leftist and she is. She would be terrible for the country. What more is there to say?

But we expected so much more from the Republicans this year, and in fact were desperate for a conservative to be nominated in order to start undoing the damage caused by Barack Obama and his progressive crew. We believed that conservative principles implemented by people of character were vital for the well-being of America. And with a selection of so many good candidates in the primaries, we felt confident that good things were coming.

Instead we got Donald Trump, an amoral flim-flam man who has never been a conservative (and in fact has been a longtime funder of Democrats like Hillary). Trump, in our view, hijacked the party, destroying many good people in the process. We fear that Trump will destroy the party of Lincoln, too, even if he somehow wins the presidency, for which he is manifestly unfit.

What’s really shocking to us is how many in our party abandoned their conservative principles for the bullying and vulgarity of Trump. We thought such ignorance was mainly a Democrat problem. (Chagrined, we discovered how wrong we were.) We suddenly felt like strangers in our own party.

So please forgive us if we seem a bit unfair to Donald (who, by the way, never met a cheap shot he didn’t like). We’re going to be cranky for a while yet.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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