Hillary for president. Did I really say that?

As we enter two weeks of political conventions, I need to go on record.

Many of my Republican friends — including those who wouldn’t vote for Donald Trump for a gazillion dollars — are not going to like this piece. No suspense, no drum roll:

I’ll be voting for Hillary Clinton in November.

Not because I agree fully with her policies. I don’t. Not because I think she is the most honest person in the world. I don’t (though she is the most honest major party candidate running for president this year).

I will vote for Hillary Clinton because it is the most I can do to ensure Donald Trump does not become President of the United States.

Sure, Gary Jonson, the Libertarian Party candidate, is an alternative to voting for either of the major party soon-to-be nominees. But, Mr. Johnson cannot win the election. The most he can do — and this is virtually impossible — is to win enough electoral votes to keep Trump or Clinton from the needed 270. That throws the election into the House, which is controlled by Republicans who will elect Trump.

So, sorry Mr. Johnson, I don’t just want to sleep at night, I want to sleep securely at night and you aren’t the Trump alternative. You’re just an acceptable way station for some voters who hate the two major party candidates. But you cannot win. Therefore, I will not waste my vote.

If I voted for Gary Johnson and Trump wins by a small amount, it will really tick me off because I — along with others who vote for Johnson so they don’t have to vote for Clinton or Trump — will have elected Trump.

Trump is a danger to this country and to the world.

The main reason I cannot vote for Donald Trump is that he is a world class liar. Hillary lies too but she doesn’t reach quite that Trumpian level.

Trump will lie about anything, and has. He will deny he said something he said minutes before. He is lying about his net worth. He is lying about his opposition to the Iraq war. He is lying about banning Muslims from this country. He is lying about building a wall to keep the Mexicans out. He is lying about not releasing his tax returns because of an audit. He is lying at the amount of money he’s given to charity. In fact, he lies so much, I’m not sure even he knows he’s lying anymore. His narcissism knows no bounds — which actually I think is part of the definition of a narcissist.

At best, he believes his lies. At a minimum, he believes he can get away with his lies.

In a New Yorker article making the rounds on the Internet, Tony Schwartz, who ghost-wrote Trump’s “Art of the Deal,” discloses from first-hand knowledge what a liar Trump is. I knew he was a liar but Mr. Schwartz now presents evidence of the lies told in the book and beyond. Trump even lied about who wrote the book, saying he did, which Mr. Schwartz and the publisher’s editors dispute. You can read the article about Schwartz here: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/07/25/donald-trumps-ghostwriter-tells-all

Hell, Trump even disputed it in the phone call he made to Schwartz to label Schwartz disloyal for going public. “I made you rich,” he told his ghost-writer. How did he do that? By paying him handsomely for writing the book.

Trump is riding an unfortunate wave in this country. Too many people watch — and believe — reality TV. Too many people have lost faith in their leaders. Too many people are suffering from an economy that isn’t helping them.

Trump is Mr. Reality TV. Folks, it’s show business. And he’s good at show business. But the presidency — while certainly partly about the show — is mostly about governing and providing as good a life as possible for all Americans, not to mention security against those who want to do us harm.

I won’t make a case as to why someone should vote for Mrs. Clinton. My main reasons are: (1) She is not Donald Trump and (2) She is the only one who can defeat Donald Trump.

Hardly a strong endorsement, I know. But we have two choices: Trump or Clinton.

To me, that’s a no-brainer.

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Former deputy White House press secretary (Reagan and Bush 41) and former head of communications at Republican Natl Committee. My blog: bjaycooper.com.

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