Just want to put this out there…
The man — bearded, shirtless, a Marlboro Light clutched between two fingers as it smolders uncomfortably close to his temple — looks as if he has something heavy he wants to get off his chest. Like a person attending his first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, he seems at once eager and apprehensive. “Hi, my name is Josh. I live in North Carolina, and I voted for Donald Trump,” he begins, in a tone of abject resignation. He cocks his head and rolls his eyes. “My bad, fam,” he apologizes. “Not my proudest moment. I will not be voting for him again.”
The confession comes from Josh Harrison, a 40-year-old exterminator from the Raleigh area, and it appears on the website and social media platforms of a group called Republican Voters Against Trump. Created by the conservative writer Bill Kristol and a handful of his fellow Never Trump Republicans, RVAT, as its name indicates, is dedicated to defeating the president this November. Toward that end, the group has curated an online collection of more than 500 selfie videos from Republicans, many of whom voted for Trump in 2016 and all of whom plan to vote against him in 2020.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever voted for a Democrat,” he says in the video. “But if Joe Biden drops out and the D.N.C. runs a tomato can, I will vote for the tomato can, because I believe the tomato can will do less harm than our current president.” When Harrison sent the video, unsolicited, to RVAT, he felt as if he were shouting into a void. But since RVAT posted the video online, it has been viewed more than a million times on the group’s Twitter account, seen more than 100,000 times on its YouTube channel and received plenty of media attention….
Bold by me….