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Submitted by Jay (United States), Jul 22, 2016 at 13:00

I agree wholeheartedly with your assessment of Trump. But not voting, and threatening publicly to do so from your considerably podium, is offensive. ... If Trump is as bad as you say (and he is) you have to use your one vote to make him lose, and you have to use your podium, and your considerable influence, to make that happen. Voting is a practical matter, not an ideological one. You have far more ability than most people to dispense your beliefs. But you have one vote. I know you are not one of these whack-jobs who believe Obama is an Islamist plant and Hillary is a criminal mastermind. You know her faults, you know Trump's faults, if you don't vote for one of them your vote is wasted.

If you really believe neither of the viable candidates will have any positive impact on the country, you should not be quitting the party ... Otherwise, swallow your pride and vote for Hillary. She will do some things you don't like. But she will not destroy our democracy. If you don't vote, democracy is already dead for you.

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I did not say I won't vote. I said I will vote but not for Trump or Hillary. The ballot is long and there are many other offices to fill. Also I indicated I might vote Libertarian.

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