Donald Trump seems to enjoy being brash and blunt.
So, by all means, please allow us to return the favor.
We can in no way embrace, endorse or support Trump becoming the next president of the United States, and likewise call on all voters to adhere to the same philosophy come Nov. 8.
Don't take that stance as an endorsement of Hillary Clinton. That is an entirely different argument for a different day. We have our own issues with the Democratic nominee and her fitness for office.
However, this day is about joining the legion of voices and voters who have repudiated Trump and made it clear he belongs nowhere near the White House.
The storyline of a Washington outsider crashing the presidential party is over. Whatever good ideas Trump may have brought to the table during the primary season that allowed him to gain enough support to win the Republican nomination this summer have long since been displaced by heinous remarks, gaffes and ideologies that leave us wondering how he even got this far in the first place.
How can anyone support a presidential candidate who has bullied and threatened immigrants en masse, adherents of a major world religion and, as evidenced by the release of audio tapes this past week, an entire gender?
We understand that even the most noble of candidates, under the white-hot spotlight of a national presidential campaign, might occasionally put their foot in their mouth, or offer up information that is not the most factually accurate.
It's another story to put forth a platform that revels in bullying, violence, threatening to abolish freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution and advocating criminal behavior in the treatment of women.
Fortunately, many in Utah have seen through the Trump charade from the beginning. We never thought we'd see the day where the reddest state in the nation would appear to be conflicted about which major-party candidate to send to Washington, yet here we are less than four weeks until Election Day, and the latest polls show Trump and Clinton in a virtual dead heat, with independent candidate Evan McMullin not far behind.
And the interesting thing is, that's not even breaking news anymore. Trump himself admitted he had a "Mormon problem" months ago, during Utah's primary season, when he had trouble winning over voters. Say what you want about this state's "peculiar people," but when it came to Trump, Utah's registered voters were ahead of the curve in recognizing that he in no ways represents the beliefs and values they espouse.
It took a little bit longer for our local politicians to leave their blind party logic behind and join the call. That said, the likes of Gov. Gary Herbert and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, two of the most influential Republicans in the state, deserve credit for putting their principles ahead of their party and going on record that they do not support Trump.
Where we get lost is trying to understand why others still refuse to follow suit. There may not be a strong enough adjective to tie to our dismay with the Utah County Republican Party and the statewide Utah Republican Party, both of which continue to say they support Trump, and the latter of which tried to explain away his lewd comments condoning the sexual assault of women by placing the blame on "Hollywood and the political left."
Supporting a Republican candidate simply because he or she is a Republican isn't a great democratic process to begin with, as it is rarely a good idea to opt for straight black or white when there are so many shades of gray when evaluating those we want to represent us in government.
In the case of Trump, offering such support in the wake of mounting evidence that shows he is unfit for any political office — much less the U.S. presidency — is simply unconscionable.
We call on these parties to do the right thing and listen to their constituents. Stop supporting Trump just because he says he is a Republican, and start acting on the will of the people in this state who truly grasp and understand Republican principles and ideology.
Not only is it the right move, but given what Trump has laid out before us, it's an easy one.