(This blog is dedicated to my 100 year old mother who died this past Sunday after a wonderful life. She thought Donald Trump was an awful man and often said that she knew she probably would not live to see him out of the White House, but wished she could.)

In a Washington Post op-ed published today (January 2), Utah Senator elect and former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney wrote these words:

“To a great degree, a presidency shapes the public character of the nation. A president should unite us and inspire us to follow “our better angels.” A president should demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect. As a nation, we have been blessed with presidents who have called on the greatness of the American spirit. With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.”

In that context, consider the fact that according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 36% of Americans say that they will definitely or probably vote for Donald Trump if he runs for reelection in 2020.

Obviously character doesn’t matter to Trump Republicans, rather disturbing in itself, but more so since many of them are evangelical Christians.

Their betrayal of Christianity is stunning.

For those of us who are Christian, that is upsetting, to say the least, but as far as the nation is concerned, it is time to have done with Trump supporters.

They just don’t matter anymore. Over the last two years they have proven that they don’t care about character, and in saying they support his policies, they have proven they don’t care about values.

Because they are just like Trump, paying attention to what they say or believe or how they think (little of that as they apparently do) is a waste of time.

That’s because the overwhelming majority of Americans don’t support Trump, 64% to be exact.

They agree with Mitt Romney. Trump is morally unfit to be President and does not possess the leadership ability to fulfill the responsibilities that go with the office.

A President should tap into the “the noble instincts in the hearts of Americans,” as Romney said, but the majority of Americans know that is never going to happen with Trump.

That is why 2019 is not only a new year, but a new day in America.

Democrats, independents, and a few Republicans are joining together in support of common values, moral character, and telling the truth.

They are also banning together to make sure the time when Trump could lie with impunity is over, his days of unexposed criminal behavior are over.

It is not out of the question that soon, in fact, very soon, Trump’s days as President will be over.

At the very least it is likely that this is his first and last term as President, that he will not run for re-election, and even if he does, he will lose in a landslide.

The Electoral College will not be skewed again as it was in 2016 because there are not enough Trump Republicans to make him President again. We need to remember that. Attention focused on them tends to make us believe there are more of them than there really are.

You can get 36% of Americans to believe almost anything. The fact that Trump has them in his pocket simply confirms this fact. But they cannot save him now. His two years of running free because of a cowardly Republican Congress are done.

On top of that, it would not surprise me at all if Trump ultimately ends up in jail along with his children and son-in-law.

They are, after all, a criminal family, always have been, always will be, who convinced themselves they were immune from the rule of law. They will soon find out they are not.

So we begin 2019 filled with hope and promise.

To paraphrase the Psalmist, weeping has lasted for more than a night, but joy is now coming with the morning of a new year.