My view: I'm voting for Trump and I'm a Mormon state senator from Georgia

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  • johanthan_doe Sacramento, CA
    Aug. 16, 2017 8:58 p.m.

    "Our Constitution, and our freedom, are hanging by a thread and will not survive four years of a Clinton presidency."

    I've been hearing this prediction for quite some time now. Each time with a different person being named.

    I realize the majority of Mormons are Republican, but is it not presumptuous to say that "...Our Constitution ... hanging by a thread..." can only refer to one political party?

    I say this neither to promote nor condemn any political ideology, but to espouse the values of humility and cooperation in preparation for whatever the future holds.

    "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall." -- Proverbs 16:18

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Nov. 8, 2016 2:22 p.m.

    "“Corruption, crime, dishonesty and devotion only to special interests ..."

    -- That is Trump to a Tee. Only the "special interest" he's devoted to is himself.

    "Our Constitution, and our freedom, are hanging by a thread and will not survive four years of a Clinton presidency."

    -- Nonsense. If anything, Trump is the destroyer out to destroy this country and make it into his own little fiefdom.

    "Early members of the LDS Church were persecuted,..."

    --- Today they're the persecutors.

    " vote while safeguarding our families ..."

    --- Harming other families in the process.

    "Today, our freedom of religion is under attack."

    --- No it isn't, but you've been working assiduously to violate the religious freedom of other people who don't follow your beliefs.

    "One of those will force late-term abortion into our lives ..."

    --- Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. So much for your veracity about your religious beliefs.

    "In 1995 the church issued "The Family: A Proclamation to the World." "

    --- A more bigoted document never there was.

  • Owen Heber City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2016 11:51 a.m.

    Today we celebrate our Constitution by exercising our right and responsibility. Why publish such an over-the-top letter -- one that contradicts this paper's ownership and supports an anti-Constitutionalit's -- on this hallowed day?

    Georgia and the mountain west are now the last conservative strongholds. The reason? See the constant assaults on voting rights. Why make it harder for certain groups? Not concerns about ID/fraud, but just making it harder for minorities to vote by closing locations, changing hours and early-voting rules. Why?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 8, 2016 8:14 a.m.

    Senator, read the Access Hollywood tape transcript again. Uncensored.
    That's the candidate you are standing up for.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Nov. 8, 2016 7:22 a.m.

    I'm sorry, Mr. Williams, but the fact you are a Mormon Republican is NOT persuasive to vote for Trump, who I find is the person the most antithetical to LDS values in at least the past 65 years. The fact I am a Mormon does NOT mean I should vote Republican. They should not be one and the same. And certainly not this time.

    Nov. 8, 2016 6:40 a.m.

    Affinity fraud alert! "Mormon senator"
    It hilarious to hear a republican fret about the constitution hanging by a thread, while their party abdicates their constitutional requirement to advise and consent on Supreme Court nominees. Trump is the candidate who has complained about free press and suggests the he'll scrap the 1st amendment. He's against the 14th amendment. He wants a religious test for citizenship.
    You're concerned about religious freedom? Where do you think Trump stands concerning the rights of religious minority groups, which, outside of Utah, Mormons are? Protect yourself and vote for Hillary.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    Nov. 8, 2016 6:20 a.m.

    Party above principals, how very sad.

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 7, 2016 9:53 p.m.

    The Cliff's notes version:
    If you're Mormon, you should vote Trump because he's a Republican.

    Honestly, this letter embodies every reason why I have left the Republican party. It is a party full of elderly conspiracy theorists with selective morality. It's okay to vote for a man who gropes women because (wink wink) he'll make sure that they can never have an abortion. It's okay to vote for a man who conducts his business by bullying and berating because (wink wink) religious people will be bullied and we need a fighter in our corner. It's okay to vote for a man who supports arbitrary stop and frisk procedures because (wink wink) he'll help defend our constitutional rights (unless you are Latino, Black, Muslim, female, or in anyway different from him).

    I am someone who has lived a large portion of my life in the suburbs of Utah. I grew up with two parents who have voted straight GOP from Reagan through Romney (until now!). I am a conservative person with long held religious values. And yet I prefer a Clinton presidency.

    I truly hope that this Trump fiasco kills the Grand Old Party and a new conservative movement is born.

  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    Nov. 7, 2016 9:20 p.m.

    Claiming that Donald Trump espouses values consistent with Utah is a fine piece of satire. Donald Trump knows nothing about the constitution nor does he care. He cares only about himself. He has been a Democrat most of his life and leans further to the left than Mrs. Clinton on many issues of importance to true conservatives.

    I just hope that Utah voters don't cut their own legs out from underneath them at the voting booth when they consider that they may want to espouse values in the future relating to social and political issues. Voting for Trump is a repudiation of human decency. The only redeeming thing about this election will be if Trump does not win Utah's electoral votes.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Nov. 7, 2016 7:41 p.m.

    That's some impressive mental gymnastics there. Pretzel logic like that & he could be a Utah state senator.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Nov. 7, 2016 7:37 p.m.

    "Many religious leaders, including in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, have long discussed the need to protect the Constitution."


    Bro. Williams,
    Perhaps you are unaware this very same LDS Church published a rebuke to Donald Trump's very vocal and repeated call for a ban based on one's religious membership as an attack on Religious Freedom and the Constitution.

    also -- need I remind you something else --
    Question 7. “Do you support, affiliate with, or agree with any group or individual whose teachings or practices are contrary to or oppose those accepted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?”

    I am also LDS and a unaffiliated voter, for this very reason.