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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump signs autographs during a campaign rally in Concord, N.C., Monday, March 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Regardless of whether you like non-conservative Trump or not, he had a big night last night. He swept the primary states in play, and declared himself the “presumptive nominee”. As much as it disgusts me, I understand why he said that. I also understand why his supporters are energized more than ever today. While I’m still not convinced he is “inevitable”, we’ll find out soon enough.

Would I love to see him lose the nomination? Absolutely. Will he ever receive my support? Absolutely not.

In recent weeks, I’ve heard some conservatives, thankfully not many, say they would vote for Clinton if the general election ballot included her and Trump as the official party nominees. This is unbelievable to me. Yes, conservatives are angry because our party has been hijacked, but there is no excuse to support someone like Secretary Clinton with her scandalous, FBI-investigated, Benghazi-deflecting, abortion-loving existence. No excuse at all. It boggles my mind why anger would push some in the Republican party to that liberal extreme.

Instead, our real mindset should be pinning all the blame for a Madam Hillary Clinton presidency onto those who have supported Trump all along. That kind of thinking wouldn’t be without merit. The Trump phenomenon has pushed many competent, greatly experienced, legitimate conservative candidates out of the running. (Can you say Walker, Perry, Jindal, and Rubio?) Currently, the same phenomenon is dangerously close to pushing out Ted Cruz, the only viable candidate left on the GOP side.

According to the latest from Real Clear Politics, Clinton would win against Trump in a general election by a margin of 8.5%. Trump is not likable to the general population. Not at all. To his group of supporters, who look past any flaw of his, he is a fighter, doing what is necessary to make this country great…again. In reality, he is a substance-free 69 year old who uses juvenile insults. His speeches are gross generalizations about complex issues. (Even today’s foreign policy speech, supposedly a move into a more “presidential” direction for the GOP front-runner, offered few policy specifics.) But it seems if you yell loud enough and talk “tough”, people will flock to you, no matter how ridiculous you are. That’s the problem with this “American Idol” society. We want flash and emotion, not substance. In a general election, Trump would not do well.

Ted Cruz would absolutely slay Hillary Clinton in debates. Despite being relatively inexperienced on the national stage, he is competent, knowledgeable, and uses those things called facts to state his case. The latest average from Real Clear Politics places him only 3 percentage points behind Clinton in a general election matchup, which is certainly better than Trump’s chances.

Both Hillary and Trump would be absolutely destructive to our county. I can’t and won’t choose between the “lesser of two evils”. The responsibility for creating an atmosphere where we’re presented with that decision, when we’ve had several excellent alternatives, falls on Trump supporters alone.