I am a Trump voter.
Just because I voted for Trump does not mean I have always supported him. Many people confuse the two. Too many people think that voting for one candidate over the other means you supported everything they ran on during the election. I am here to explain why, despite not supporting him beforehand, I voted for him on election day.
During the primary season, I had a lot of choices on the Republican side. Most of my support back then went to Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio. I had hoped that one of them would win. The Democrats put up Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton and those were just not logical choices based on the majority of my beliefs. So, I watched the primary debates, the news, and read article after article about Trump and my candidates exchanging jab after jab. As the months rolled by the choices became fewer and fewer. Finally it came down to the last few: Trump, Cruz, and Kasich. Kasich was out of the question. Trump was out of the question. Come on Cruz! Dang it! How in the world did obnoxious, loud, belligerent, flip-flopping, pretend Republican, Donald J. Trump, win the Republican primary and become the nominee for President of the United States?
Turn to the Democratic primary process. Socialist, Bernie Sanders, or life-long political hack and multiple investigatee, Hillary Clinton. I watched the debates and thought, well, I may be able to get behind Bernie…maybe. He doesn’t really share many of the same views as I do but I thought he would be a better choice than Hillary or Trump. But, after only a few debates and months, Bernie was done.
After both conventions, I watched the news religiously. I follow all outlets and read as many articles and Twitter feeds from all sides as I could. I engaged in debates with friends and family and strangers alike. I watched the investigations into Hillary unfold. I watched Trump make ludicrous statement time and time again.
Then came the leaks.
That was a game changer for me. Actually seeing some of the horrible things that were being said about other candidates and Americans made me sick. How could anyone possibly support a woman who surrounded herself with these kinds of people? How could anyone vote for a person who casually handles our country’s most valued information with such carelessness?
I started paying more attention to what Trump was saying underneath the inartful and sometimes offensive way of saying it. I started to compare what he was saying to what Hillary was saying.
Some of my strongest views are about late-term abortion, punishing the wealthy for being wealthy (which I am not), lying, and our economy.
During one of the debates, Hillary Clinton stood on that stage and defended a woman’s right to abort her child up until birth. She stood there and excused the barbaric procedure of ripping apart a child as part of her argument for “choice”. (I will not get into the debate about abortion or a woman’s right to have an abortion. I will say that I am not completely opposed to abortion as long as it is not used in lieu of birth control or performed in the 3rd trimester with the exceptions for the life of the mother or child). So that was a big deterrent for me with Hillary. Trump came out in support of defunding Planned Parenthood and defended a child’s right to life so he got a plus.
I am not in any way nor have I ever been financially wealthy. My family and I struggle on a regular basis to save money or improve our way of living. We are not poor by normal standards but we do not have the ability to live outside of our tight budget. Despite of my financial situation, I do not loath or am I jealous of wealthy individuals or families. I believe in rewarding hard work with increased success and encourage my children to strive for greatness. With success, usually, comes increased wealth. Democrats, in general, promote a form of punishment for success. Higher taxes than the rest of the country based upon your success seems like a punishment to me. Some politicians have promoted as high as a 90% tax rate for the “rich”. The category of being rich can be for anyone making as little as $250k a year. That really isn’t that much money in this country. Hillary likes the idea of rich people “paying their fair share” and that is an unpleasant thought for someone who wants to be rich one day. Trump has encouraged tax cuts for the job creators. That means more money to pay more employees. More employees means more money spent. More money spent means a better economy.
I will not claim that Trump has been honest with anyone 100% of the time. He has lied about many things over the years and this election cycle. I am not naive. However, I have never seen a politician lie, cheat, and obstruct as much as I have seen come from Hillary Clinton. From before she ever held any elected office, she has been known to have been involved in multiple corruption scandals. Her husband, with whom she has stood by and supported over the years, was impeached as President. She held a Senate seat in Congress and became Secretary of State after running a horrid and brutal campaign against President Obama in 2008. During her time as SoS she made mistake after mistake and ended up being investigated for one of those mistakes. Then the New York Times exposed her and her staff for maintaining a private email server in her home while serving as Secretary of State and putting our country’s national security at risk, in the name of convenience. Instead of owning her mistakes and apologizing, Hillary tried to obstruct an investigation and lied to the American people every time she was asked about her server. It was only when she thought the lying and obstruction was starting to affect her chances of winning the Democratic nominee, did she admit her mistake. This lying and attempts to hide her actions from the very same people she was trying to get votes from was the last straw for me. Trump may have lied about some comment he made 20 years ago or flip-flopped on an issue but he had not lied about something as serious as keeping an unsecure server containing classified information in his basement.
The economy is very important to most Americans. If you have money and want to spend it or save it then you should care about the economy. When the economy is suffering, prices soar, the value of the dollar falls, and jobs become scarce. Trump may not be a career politician with years of experience in office but he is a successful businessman with billions of dollars in assets and funds. He owns many businesses worldwide and most of them are extremely profitable. Yes, he has filed for bankruptcy. That does not necessarily mean he sucks at his job. As a business owner, he is responsible for making choices and taking advantage of the existing laws and benefits this country has to offer. Paying less taxes is a smart business decision. We all try to pay less taxes. Anyone who claims that they have never tried to claim a deduction or a tax break and have always paid the maximum amount of taxes they could each year is a liar. The same concept applies to bankruptcy. Many businesses file for bankruptcy each year. They do this, not because their business is failing, but because it is a beneficial tool that businesses can use to reduce their debt. To individuals this is a bad choice because it looks bad to have bankruptcy on your record but for a business it can be the difference between failure and prosperity. I do not fault companies that use this practice. I many not agree with its use but I cannot fault a business for making good business decisions. Trump’s ability to make wise business decisions to keep his companies’ profitable and employing thousands of people all over the country can be applied when he is POTUS. Someone who understands the economy, global markets, and what it takes to increase profitability is a great asset to this nation.
All in all, I made the choice that was best for me and my family. Every voter faces a decision at the ballot box that affects their lives personally. That decision does not always benefit our friends or others. I have many friends with different views than my own. I know members of the LGBT community who are angry at voters like me for voting Trump. Many are worried that a Trump presidency means they will lose their right to marry. To them I say: This country is tired of fighting that battle. There is little if no support for a repeal of the Right to Marry decision made in the SCOTUS. The old and tired argument against marriage equality is fading fast.
I also have friends of different races who are concerned about their safety under Trump. I do not understand this. Why, under Trump, would you be any less safe than you are under Obama? Because some crazy Klan members threw in their endorsement for Trump then that must mean Trump hates anyone who isn’t white? When did intelligent and logical people start believing everything they hear just because some doomsday liberal said it? Have there never been presidents in the past that you didn’t agree with? Did you fear for your safety then too?
I am ashamed of the response that this election has gotten just because the candidate you supported didn’t win. Protests in the streets right now over a presidential election! Colleges cancelling classes because the students can’t handle the results of the election. People on Facebook and Twitter using hashtags like #NotMyPresident and #FuckTrump. I understand being sad or upset that your candidate lost but this country was built on a fair election process that has worked for over 200 years. I didn’t hear anyone crying about the process when President Obama was elected. I did not support Obama but I whined about it for a couple of days and moved on. Why is this election so different? What is a protest going to do? Your vote was your voice but our voices were just louder this time. It happens. Get over it. There will be another election in four years and you can try again just like we did.
This country is more divided now than it has ever been and that scares me more than a President Trump ever will. Until people start waking up and realizing that unless we come together force this government to work for the people instead of against the people, we will never fix anything. And until people stop blaming each other for their problems and start advocating for themselves they won’t be happy. My vote was not about you; not even the issues that are important to you. My vote was about me, my family, and my future. I may care about you as a friend or as a person but your life is yours and I will not sell my vote to you so you can be happy while my family suffers. Vote your conscience and I will vote mine. I will not attack you for your choice and expect the same.