An anti-Trump Latino man who twice voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 admits the spectacle involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses Kavanaugh of sexual assault, has changed everything for him.
Writing under the pseudonym Tomas Mendoza, the man explains in a new essay for The Federalist that Kavanaugh's tumultuous confirmation process — and the lack of due process — has earned Trump the vote of another Democrat.
What did Mendoza say?
I am a college-educated, suburban, first-generation Latino immigrant. I voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012. I find President Trump to lack the basic moral character that we should expect in our political leaders and did not consider, even for a moment, voting for him in 2016. After watching how Senate Democrats and the media handled the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, however, I will be voting Republican in 2018 and for Trump in 2020.
Mendoza explained that his family escaped a country that had just fell victim to a military coup, experiencing first hand "the devastation that comes to a society when men of power believe their political objectives so justified that they are willing to pursue them by any means necessary."
During Thursday's hearings, Mendoza saw "that same look in the eyes of Senate Democrats," he said.
"The hearings made clear that the Democrats on the committee were not interested in pursuing the truth or respecting Christine Blasey Ford’s desire for anonymity. Instead, they simply sought to delay the vote in the hopes of winning the next election," he wrote.
"If Kavanaugh’s reputation and Ford’s privacy had to be sacrificed on the altar of political expediency, the committee Democrats were not going to let basic decency prevent them from using the courts as an alternative path to the political ends they cannot reach through legislation," Mendoza explained.
The writer went on to say he believes both Ford and Kavanaugh, but stressed that what happened this week will have implications extending beyond the fight for Anthony Kennedy's Supreme Court seat.
"That question is whether the politics of power, the politics by any means demonstrated by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats, will be rewarded," Mendoza wrote.
"If Democrats are allowed to delay this nomination and the elections in 2018 and 2020 benefit them, both Republicans and Democrats for a generation will have learned that the American people prefer to be ruled by tyrants that punish their enemies instead of representatives in a republic who adhere to the rule of law," he said.