A newly-published advice column at the website Slate suggests that a woman strongly consider leaving her husband because he supports Donald Trump for president.
“Dump Trump” wrote in to Slate’s Dear Prudence feature, a regular advice column currently run by Mallory Ortberg, to ask how she should handle her husband’s backing for Trump.
“I just can’t stomach his conclusion that Trump would be a qualified president—I find Trump’s views repulsive,” says the questioner. “I just can’t get past this and can’t help to think this reveals something about my husband’s character that I didn’t know. Also, I find it embarrassing. I usually am pretty open-minded about other people’s beliefs, but this is just proving to be a thorn in my side. How do I get past this? Or do I need to get past it?”
Ortberg responds by suggesting it would be wise to strongly consider a divorce.
“There are some instances where it’s not always best to be open-minded, and this may be one of them,” she says. “I think it’s worth having difficult conversations with him about this. What specifically about Trump’s policies appeal to your husband? The prospect of mass deportations? Building a wall along the Mexican border? Restricting travel in the U.S. on the basis of religion? That’s more than a thorn in your side, I believe.”
Support for Trump, argues Ortberg, may reflect “fundamental differences in how you think fellow human beings should be treated.” If that’s the case, she says, then it’s a good argument for possibly ending the marriage now rather than trying to simply stick it out through the election. (RELATED: Slate Claims Republicans Aid ISIS Recruitment)
“This is not a grit-your-teeth-until-November situation; depending on how he answers, there may be fundamental differences in your marriage as well,” she says.
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