You Don’t Have to Like Every Democratic Primary Winner

Let me start with a disclaimer- if you’re a decent person, you should vote for Democrats this year. Full stop. Democrats for Congress. Democrats for Senate. Democrats for Governor. Democrats for the State Legislature. Liberals. Moderates. Conservatives. Democrats. All of them. Because Donald Trump is an awful human being who hates women, asylum seekers, the first amendment, Latino kids, football players, and anything else decent you can think of. You should vote against him. You should vote against his racism. You should vote Democrat.

Now that I said that, let’s have an honest conversation. You don’t have to love all of the Democratic candidates we nominate. In fact, you shouldn’t love them all. In fact, I’d hope that if you’re reading me, you are a free thinking and decent person and find some of them offensive- because I f***ing hate some of the wackos we are nominating and don’t really like that they could be in Congress. I just think you should step on the egomaniac in the White House and send him a Congress that will stop him- because I think he’s the worst human and Republican we’ve ever elected to office. I think it’s important to say that, because I am friends with some Republicans who hold or have held elected office, and I don’t hate them at all- but I despise Donald Trump.

All of this leads me to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who beat Congressman Joe Crowley, the Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus in Washington. She won the race fair and square, and I hope residents in her district elect her to Congress. With that said, I absolutely hate that she won and will probably be a member of Congress. I wanted Crowley to beat her. I despise that she supports Cynthia Nixon for Governor of New York. She worked as an organizer for Bernie Sanders, who I don’t like. She’s a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, who I generally don’t like, and whom I haven’t joined because I find their positions to be more liberal than I am willing to support at this time. She’s 28, and while I worked for a very young Congressional candidate once (she was a Bosnian war refugee), I don’t find her to have the life experiences I want in a Congressional candidate. I’ll be honest- I don’t like her, and really don’t like that she won. So I’m not celebrating her victory as some sort of progress- I think her politics are crazy. I find myself to have no obligation to defend her. Her ideology is not something I signed up for.

With all of that said, we face a dead serious moment in our country, and no one should mistake internal divisions with external ones. Any candidate in 2018 running as a Democrat should get your vote, at least if you believe in a clean environment, fair tax code, sane foreign policy, women’s rights, gun safety laws, a functioning immigration system, Civil Rights, or any of the things I fought for while working for President Obama or Secretary Clinton. Donald Trump needs to be stopped now. Perhaps someday my Republican friends will drive out their crazy and bigoted elements, and I will encourage you to vote for them against the Democrats I don’t approve of. For now though, I’m telling you that we have to stick together- even behind Democrats I think are terrible.

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