…Hold up. I can’t just come out and say it in the first sentence, since that will show up in the Facebook preview and keep people from clicking on the story, and I just can’t have that. Let us discuss some salient points and background for this insane election season first.

First, a few caveats. Note that I did not say “endorsement,” in the title, as I believe that is a loaded term implying that one is an enthusiastic backer of a politician, instead of a mere vote-caster. Also, understand that this is my opinion and does not reflect anyone else here at Sofrep. I have no idea who anyone else is voting for. I would guess that most of the other writers and staff are not voting for Hillary Clinton, but beyond that, I know nothing. With that in mind, let’s continue.

Those of you who have followed me on the News Roundup throughout election season know that, from the beginning, I viewed campaign 2016 as a referendum on Hillary Clinton. I said before the primaries even began that I would support whoever ended up being the GOP nominee, because, in my opinion, Hillary Clinton is the most corrupt presidential nominee in American history. Yes, I mocked Jeb! incessantly, but I would have voted for him vs. Clinton. I would have voted for Ted Cruz, or Marco Rubio, or whoever managed to secure the nomination. If a cheese platter had managed to get enough votes, I would be trumpeting CHEESE PLATTER 2016! All of this was not to vote for the Republican party, but to vote against Hillary Clinton.

But none of the other Republican candidates cut through. Instead, out of nowhere and to much derision, the nomination was secured by Donald J. Trump.