Harlan  /  California

“I don’t think I have a good enough imagination to really understand what he’s capable of.”

Video Transcript

“My name is Harlan, or Grandpa, depending on who’s talking to me, I live in Northern California, I have been a lifelong registered Republican, I did vote for Donald Trump in 2016. I dropped my Republican party identifier in 2020, wanting nothing to do with Donald Trump.

“Donald Trump is facing a lot of criminal, or a lot of trial issues. He’s a convicted fraudster, he was, in civil court, found guilty of assaulting a woman, and he has criminal charges pending, I think there’s 91 counts. No man should be above the law in the United States, and certainly one would expect a presidential candidate to be an example to the people and to the children. And as a grandfather and great-grandfather, how do I explain Donald Trump to those kids, who basically violates every value that we’re trying to instill in our grandkids and great-grandkids?

“First and foremost, he’s a liar. He defrauded the American public as a president for his own personal gain. His January 6th encouragement of the insurrection at the house of Congress… “hang Mike Pence”… is baffling to me, election denier, he obviously doesn’t believe or care for democracy. We watched all the newscasts of the live COVID stuff. The guy thinks we could drink bleach and put a light bulb up our backside and clear COVID. That’s beyond stupid.

“I do not understand the Republican Party in that they continue to support him, with the exception of just a few handful of people. The GOP party, or the Republican Party that I thought I was a part of, was represented by what is best for America, not is what is politically best for me. And because the people that Trump has supported have done better in the general elections than the people of principle, we find that the majority, the preponderance, of Republican candidates put political winning over principle. And I find that very distasteful and feel like I’m betrayed and lied to by the current Republican party.

“My fear is if Donald Trump wins in 2024, that he will do exactly what he says he’s gonna do: day one, he’s out for revenge. I don’t think I have a good enough imagination to really understand what he’s capable of and what these MAGA Republican congressmen and senators would be willing to tolerate. We know from the two impeachment votes that with the exception of one senator, there was no one with moral conviction or courage. So it frightens me as to what the… and I think it could well be the end of democracy as we know it should he be reelected.”