An open letter to Jason Chaffetz after he switched back to Trump

Look us in the eye when you say who you endorse

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“I’m out,” you said.

“I can no longer in good conscience endorse this person for president,” you said.

That was little more than a month ago — right after Donald Trump was caught boasting about how, as a 59-year-old man, he moved “very heavily” on a married woman, about how he routinely sexually assaults women and gets away with it because he’s famous.

You said, “My wife and I, we have a 15-year-old daughter, and if I can’t look her in the eye and tell her these things, I can’t endorse this person.”

Then, just a few weeks later, you changed your tune and said you were voting for Trump anyway.

You said so publicly. You went on the news to make sure people knew where you stood.

If you had just quietly voted for Trump, that would be one thing.

But instead you publicly proclaimed your preference for Trump.

The word for that is endorse.

I can only imagine how the conversation with your daughter went.

You were stammering, looking at the ground, and you said, “Yeah, so, honey… you know how Donald Trump bragged about how he routinely sexually assaults women?”

Her: “Yeah.”

You: “Well, it turns out that more than a dozen women, including a former Miss Utah, have said that he indeed sexually assaulted them to some degree. Now, I assume these women are telling the truth — ”

—Let’s stop the conversation right there.

You actually said this in real life about the women who have accused Trump of sexually assaulting them: “I assume that it’s true, but I hope it’s not.”

You assume that it’s true.

Back to the scene:

You: “I assume it’s true that Donald Trump routinely sexually assaults women. BUT” (and at this point you gave a nervous chuckle) “I’m still going to vote for him because Hillary Clinton is so much worse.”

Her: “She has sexually assaulted more people than Trump?”

You: “What? Oh — no. She hasn’t sexually assaulted anyone. But you still understand why I have to publicly support—sorry, endorse—him, right? I mean, sure, he’s a man who has repeatedly said he wishes he could date his daughter, whose economic plan would cause the country to “sink into prolonged recession” as Mitt Romney said, who’s such a bad businessman that he lost a billion dollars in one year, who’s so embarrassed of his finances he still refuses to release his tax returns, who said he wants to ban members of an entire religion from entering the United States, who calls women pigs, who says that immigrants of an entire race are rapists, who stole work from hundreds and hundreds of small business owners, who says he wants to appoint his sister to the Supreme Court, who walked into the dressing rooms of teenage beauty pageant contestants, who says that what he has in common with his daughter is sex, and who told Howard Stern it was okay if Stern called his daughter “a piece of a**.

But you understand why I have to endorse him, right?”

Here’s the thing, Jason.

I’m nearly no one. Just a millennial who votes in your home district. And you’re someone who has amassed power in the House and might win your election this year.

But I am part of a group of younger voters who will not forget what you and all the other spineless Trump-supporting politicians have said this election.

We will not forget.

In the two years between now and next your re-election, we will lay the groundwork to remove you from office.

And we’ll have no problem looking you in the eye when we do.

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