This election cycle is a mess, no one will argue with you on that point. However, there is something I will most definitely argue with you about and that is voting third party or abstaining to vote. Let's be honest here for a second. Only nominees of the two major political parties have a chance of being elected. I could go into detail about why Jill Stein and Gary Johnson would not make good choices for President either, but this is completely unnecessary since there is NO chance they will get elected. A vote for a third party candidate is essentially the same as not voting, which is just as bad.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are our TWO choices for president this year. I'll be honest here and we all know they both suck. However, one is clearly better suited for the job than the other in most peoples' minds. I think most sane individuals can agree that Hillary Clinton would make a better president than that Fascist Oompa Loompa, but they still see her as unfitting. I agree with you there. Better than Trump is not exactly something to brag about, it's like a cavity being better than a root canal. I understand people not wanting to vote for either candidate because you think neither deserve the job, I really do, but it's time to grow up.
There is a big difference between what a Trump presidency would look like and what a Clinton Presidency will look like. Hillary winning will lead to the same old system we've been living with for hundreds of years now with corruption and scandals. Nothing new, nothing devastating. However, a Trump presidency might quite literally cause the country to collapse. Letting a man with seven bankruptcies run one of the biggest economies in the world? No thank you. Letting a man that gets worked up over tweets have access to nuclear codes, I'd like to live thanks.
This is an election where nobody wins, but it is also an election where some people have an awful lot more to lose. People deciding to vote their "conscience" generally are aiming to vote third party or abstain because they have nothing to lose to either candidate. Arguably either candidate getting elected might not actually change that much of their life. Hell, being white or a male and having trump get elected president could be quite lucrative for me actually since in his eyes these groups are obviously superior.
For those of you wanting to vote your conscience I just want you to think about the people you are affecting with your choice. The LGBTQ, the people of color, the muslims, and women. All groups of people that Trump has shown disdain for in the past and will likely enact in his policies. How will you conscience feel after Trump orders a registry of all Muslims in the state, as he deports thousands of hardworking immigrants? It may be safe for you to vote your conscience, but some people simply do not have that luxury and you need to take your neighbors into account when you vote this fall.
Vote against Trump. Vote for the conscience of the nation. Vote for HIllary.