Magazine November 2, 2020, Issue

Trump: Maybe

Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, October 14, 2020. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)
How to weigh the trade-offs?

Editor’s Note: The following is one of three essays, each from a different perspective, in the latest edition of National Review on the question of whether to vote for President Trump. The views below reflect those of the individual author, not of the NR editorial board as a whole. The other two essays can be found here and here.

I don’t know. Still, at this late hour, I just don’t know.

Yes, yes — I know what I think of Donald Trump. I think that he’s a shallow, ignorant, capricious, incorrigible, self-destructive fool. For a while, I was convinced that he would change. If he

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