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Letter: My vote was a philosophical decision

Published March 20, 2017 5:54 am
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I read the recent article in The Tribune that included the comments made by Don Peay about those of us who voted for Evan McMullin in the recent election and I felt a strong need to respond.

I can only speak for myself, but I chose to vote for McMullin so that I can look myself in the mirror. I had serious reservations about the platform and character of both major party candidates, to varying degrees, and I found that I could not bring myself to support either. After coming to that realization, I researched a number of other candidates and found that McMullin best aligned with my political views. I then did what Republicans do in California and Democrats do in Utah and cast my vote as a philosophical decision to voice my support for a candidate that I agree with, not as a strategic decision to make sure that I am backing the winner. Given the same set of circumstances, I would make the same choice again.

I do pray for President Donald Trump, but what I cannot do is defend him when his actions or words do not align with what I believe is best for this country. And because of the great country that I am blessed to live in, I have no legal or moral obligation to do so.

Patricia Bradford

Cedar City




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