This is from an op-ed by Friedman for the NYT:
If I were writing the choice on a ballot, it would read: “Are you in favor of electing a majority of Democrats in the House and/or Senate to put a check on Trump’s power — when his own party demonstrably will not? Or are you in favor of shaking the dice for another two years of unfettered control of the House, the Senate and the White House by a man who wants to ignore Russia’s interference in our election; a man whose first thought every morning is, ‘What’s good for me, and can I get away with it?’; a man who shows no compunction about smearing any person or government institution that stands in his way; and a man who is backed by a party where the only members who’ll call him out are those retiring or dying?”
If your answer is the former, then it can only happen by voting for the Democrat in your local House or Senate race.
Because what we’ve learned since 2016 is that the worst Democrat on the ballot for the House or Senate is preferable to the best Republican, because the best Republicans have consistently refused to take a moral stand against Trump’s undermining of our law enforcement and intelligence agencies, the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Civil Service, the basic norms of our public life and the integrity of our elections.
These Republicans have made the craven choice to stand with Trump as long as he delivers the policies they like on tax cuts, gun control, fossil fuels, abortion and immigration, even though many privately detest him.
It is up to the Democrats to say and do the opposite: To understand that as long as Trump is president, he’s unlikely to sign any legislation a Democratic majority in Congress would pass — but that’s not their job for the next two years. Their job is to protect America from Trump’s worst impulses.
Their job is to get hold of at least one lever of power — the House or the Senate — in order to oust the most corrupt Republican lawmakers who lead key committees, to properly oversee the most reckless cabinet secretaries, like Scott Pruitt, and to protect the F.B.I., the Justice Department and Robert Mueller from Trump’s intimidation.
If you do not recognize the undeniable accuracy of this then I don’t know what more to say to you.
There will come a time for Democrats to discuss liberal purity and argue about the strategy of supporting blue dog Democrats in conservative states, but that time is not now.
Now we come together as a family and pledge to protect this country from the biggest threat that it has faced in at least the last fifty years.
I have little remaining doubt that Trump is essentially an agent for the Kremlin, which means that stopping him is our patriotic duty, and allowing him to continue in his job unchecked a traitorous act.
That may sound hyperbolic, and in most cases, I would agree, but this is not most cases.
So should we support Democrats who are a little more pro-2nd Amendment than we like?
Should we support a liberal candidate who has some reservations about abortion?
And should we support a Democratic candidate who may have jumped the gun a little in saying that Al Franken needed to resign in the face of questionable allegations of sexual misconduct?
The number one plank on the Democratic Agenda right now should be to stop Donald Trump.
And not because he is a Republican, or a liar, or an ignorant moron, but because he is cancer eating away at the very foundations of our Democracy.
We may not be able to IMPEACH Donald Trump, but by god, if enough of us turn out to vote in 2018, we can damn well STOP Donald Trump.