A board divided: Minority of Editorial Board favors Trump

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Donald Trump rallies supporters after his speech.

Our country is in a state of undeniable crisis. From racial inequality to radical Islamic terror, our country needs a strong, powerful leader. I want my next president to be someone who loves this country more than anything else, someone who upholds the Constitution to the fullest extent. I want my next president to be someone who isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. I want my next president to be someone who inspires me to find my own confidence and who has the guts to fight tooth and nail for his convictions, and that’s why I’m voting for Donald Trump.

I know it, you know it, everybody knows it: Hillary Clinton is among the most disliked, untrustworthy and corrupt individuals to ever run for public office in the history of the U.S.

Whether it is cheating Bernie Sanders out of the Democratic primaries, two FBI investigations in 10 months, marginalizing half of the “deplorable” hard-working Americans voting for her opponent or being responsible for inciting violence at Trump rallies, Clinton’s campaign has proven her not only to be unfit for the presidency, but one of the least patriotic people to ever run for office.

Clinton’s blatant disregard for the sanctity of democracy is frankly concerning, and her involvement with special interest groups shows a character that cannot objectively act in the best interest of the country she has sworn to defend. While donors like J.P. Morgan ($998,755), Citigroup ($990,081) and Goldman Sachs ($945,744) are contributing a disproportional amount of money to a woman who has sworn to reduce their influence in politics, one man has committed his self-made fortune to improving a country he firmly believes in.

Trump may have hurt your feelings or said some things you most certainly disagree with. Nobody wants to see Muslims unfairly discriminated against or women disrespected.

Most rational Americans would, however, agree that they want a candidate who reflects a character that seeks to uplift all people and promote a sense of patriotism this country hasn’t felt in a long while.

Trump is exactly this man. What other candidate has affirmed his commitment to this country more so than Trump? Whether it is paying unnecessary fines (and matching them in VA donations) out of respect for the flag, or embracing the LGBT community, Trump has revolutionized the political landscape and traditional perception of the GOP for the better. He has defeated his opponents at every corner, even knocking out Jeb Bush, the most likely GOP nominee of all 17 and beating odds of 5:1 in the presidential primaries. Trump is a winner through and through.

When my children learn about the first female president of the United States, I want them to see a woman of integrity and conviction, a woman who has shown undying loyalty to her country and who reflects the very best America has to offer. That woman is not Hillary Clinton. I want a president who is ready to put all Americans before himself, who is ready to reignite the idea of American exceptionalism and who is prepared to inspire a new wave of patriotism in a country that is ready to rise again. This country needs Donald Trump.

Several members of the Editorial Board have decided not to endorse either of these presidential candidates.

To read the majority opinion in support of Hillary Clinton, click here.