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, who adds:
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 consider a divorce:
There are some instances where it’s not always best to be open-minded, and this may be one of them. 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.
“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.
This report, by Blake Neff, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.