A Response to the “Latter-day Saints for Trump” Rally in Mesa, Arizona

We wouldn't pretend to give the impression that we speak for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; we do not. But as individual church members writing on our own account, we would suggest that the group holding a rally calling itself "Latter-day Saints for Trump" is out of bounds for co-opting the Church’s name to give the impression that Donald Trump is supported by the Church as an entity.

We wouldn't pretend to give the impression that we speak for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; we do not. But as individual church members writing on our own account, we would suggest that the group holding a rally calling itself "Latter-day Saints for Trump" is out of bounds for co-opting the Church’s name to give the impression that Donald Trump is supported by the Church as an entity. We feel the need to respond and say that while some may support the president, there are also many who disagree with President Trump for many reasons.

For us, this election is not about parties and tribalism. It is about reclaiming our core values. President Trump is the antithesis of so much the LDS community believes. Servant leadership, kindness, honesty, acceptance, family, and respect for all are core tenets of who we are and what we stand for. 

Policy positions traditionally championed by Republicans are important. Supreme Court appointments are important. But so are the traditions and institutions that make America what it is: a shared dedication to a culture of civility and respect; a tradition of loyal opposition where we don't entertain chants of "lock her up"; an imperative to use reason and data from trusted experts when making decisions; supporting a free press who help establish shared facts--not “alternative facts”--and hold those in authority accountable; an aspiration to be a melting pot where all are created equal and in which anyone can embrace American values and thrive, versus the blood-and-soil nationalism that other nations suffer from. 

Trump exploits our anxieties in the worst way--fanning division, fear, and xenophobia. He manipulates America's problems for his personal benefit rather than inspiring us to solve them. He weakens critical government institutions and routinely imperils our Constitution by placing himself above the law. 

In response, we will vote for Joe Biden, or a third party candidate, or leave our ballot blank in protest.  None of us can justify voting for Donald Trump because, in our opinions, the harm he does to our civic culture outweighs any policy benefits we might temporarily gain. For those who share our concerns, please reject another Trump term in favor of rebuilding our party around enduring principles of truth, respect, honor, competency, freedom, and concern for our fellow man.

It is time to focus on healing our weakened traditions and institutions and to strengthen liberty through greater solidarity.

Sincerely,

Hon. Bob Worsley & Christi Worsley

Don and Kathy Stapley

Tyler & Tiffini Montague

Claudia Reeder Walters

Paul Whetten

Liana Clarkson

Adam Gunderson

James McGuire

Greg and Rebecca Garn

Amy and Dave Wudel

Chad Snow

Kathy Varga

Christie Black

Yasser F. Sanchez

Clint Smith

Jeremy Spilsbury

Jim & Cheryl Zaharis

Alicia Alba

Laura Clement

Susan Whetten Udall

Emily Romney Sanchez

Steve & Brittni Miner

Aaron S. & Mira K. Daniels

Stephanie & Jerry Newitt

Ben Spackman

Becky & Richard Bagley

Jane Andersen

David & Natalie Walker Whitlock

Alden Weight

Rebecca S. Jones

Janel Hulbert

Janae Cunningham

Daniel Garza

Astrid Garza

KJ Barnwell

Marci Timothy

Julie Larsen

Suzie Barnwell

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Allison D.

Christy Bishop

Sara Fisk

Rachel Scholes

Jeanette Layton

Julie Jorgensen

Todd and Jacy Skouson

Barbara Barzee

Victoria Lee

Chuck and Elaine Clark

Jenny Harvey

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Kendra Kellis

Yudit Nonthe Sanchez

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Michaela Burns

Patricia & Michael Partridge

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