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"Before You Vote" by Emma Landry

To begin, I’d like to make it clear that I am not the most well-versed in the world of politics. However, I do make an effort to be as informed as I can, and I never speak unless I can back up my points with facts, so feel free to ask for evidence on any of my points. Policy isn’t my strong suit, and I’m well aware that most politicians are corrupt, but Trump is an entity all on his own. I am not speaking in relative terms, I am speaking explicitly about Trump himself. My opinions are not changed because of something Obama or Clinton may have done, as that does not change the things Trump has said and done. 

My first point is simple: Trump does not have the best interest of women in mind. This is to be expected coming from a man that has said that he believes it’s okay to grope a woman because of his status, but Trump has proved time and time again that women, roughly half of the population, are not of importance to him. He has repeatedly objectified women and reduced them to nothing more than looks, and most of the time it was derogatory or disrespectful. He brings a person’s intelligence into question based only on their gender and belittles them. Not only this, but he has encouraged men to deny sexual assault allegations and victimizes the men instead of supporting the women that have been assaulted. The issue of abortion is a whole article in and of itself, but he has repeatedly attacked women’s ability to receive affordable birth control or safe means of receiving medical attention, even outside of abortion. It seems as though Trump goes out of his way to demean women. 

That alone is enough for me to have absolutely no respect for the man, but it is not the only reason I can’t find it in me to support him. He has proved to be racist, publicly calling Mexican immigrants rapists, and maybe I’m wrong, but with how diverse America is, it doesn’t seem to me that we have space to have a racist president, especially one that makes no effort to even try to hide it. He has also made an insensitive joke about the Trail of Tears (and many other tragic events), tried to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S., and regularly retweeted posts from white supremacists on Twitter. Clearly this is a man that has a racial bias.

Even still, I have more reasoning as to why I will never be in support of him. Whether we like it or not, the way we portray ourselves matters. If people look at America as a joke, we will be treated as such, and Trump only perpetuates the stereotype that Americans lack intelligence. He speaks with no eloquence. This may seem like a small issue, but America is one of the worlds’ superpowers and if our figurehead, our president, can’t think before he speaks or can’t speak in an informed manner and remain professional, how is the rest of the world going to view us? Trump is unprofessional in his delivery, and to some that is refreshing, but to me it just comes off as lazy, misinformed, and often times it ends in him saying something insulting. Is this really how we want the world to see us?

Believe it or not, there actually is more. Remember when he literally shut down the government in some sort of adult temper tantrum? When he didn’t get as much money as he wanted for the border wall he so adamantly wants to build, he shut down the government. He shut down the United States Government because he didn’t get what he wanted. This is the equivalent to a little kid breaking down in tears because they heard the word no, and I really don’t think we need that level of immaturity running our country. 

Even still, my reasons continue. The wall. Historically, walls have proved to be of little benefit, if any at all, and he wants to waste billions of American tax dollars to essentially duct tape a hole shut. There is a greater issue here, and instead of working with Mexico to try to find a solution that would actually be effective, he wants to build a massive wall that professionals have said would not actually fix anything. And, not that this is a particularly important point, but I just have to bring it up: he doesn’t even know what states border Mexico. He talked about the wall in Colorado. Basic geography seems like it should be a staple for the president of a country. 

I won’t go too deep into this, but Trump is not a “great businessman.” I hear that argument all the time, but it is never backed up. What makes him a great businessman? He has a history of fraud and bankruptcy. His businesses have not been successful, and some of them have even been scams, such as the infamous Trump University. He makes an effort to hide his financial statements from the American public, and there is a very good reason for that. If he showed everyone, they’d know that he’s not the savvy businessman everyone thinks he is. A very rich man? Sure. A “great” businessman? Absolutely not. 

I could keep going, but my point has been made clear. Trump has done far too much to lose my respect and, therefore, I am unable to find any reason to support him. That being said, I am very much open to a respectful conversation about this. If you think you have information that could change my mind, be my guest. Bring it up in the comments. I’m aware that Trump has done some good in his presidency, but in my opinion, that does not warrant my support. That being said, make sure you do your research, become decently informed, and get out and vote. Regardless of who you’re voting for, your voice matters.

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