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Alright, everybody. It’s time.
We need to talk about Donald Trump. And we need to REALLY talk about him, not just post a status about what a jackass he is, or where you’re going to be moving for the next four years if he wins, or the newest asinine shit that he spewed out of his mouth. The time for complacency and resignation is over, people.
Let’s just put it out all there for the record: if you are an active Trump supporter, there is something deeply wrong with you for even considering this fucking beast for office.
Donald Trump is not a politician. He is not “presidential material.” Donald Trump is a malevolent hurricane of racism, sexism, egoism, bigotry, and self-hate.
The incredibly sad fact is that Donald Trump has managed to offend absolutely every single demographic that exists (save for older, white, Conservative men).
Initially, I was having trouble coming up with a case to make against Donald Trump. That sentence in and of itself is ridiculous; I shouldn’t even need to do that in the first place because, you know, his faults are endless. The fact that Trump’s ideologies have not collapsed on their own is genuinely frightening. But nevertheless, Brandon Stanton, creator of Humans of New York, came out with a GEM of an open letter to Donald Trump. If you haven’t read it, here you go:
I try my hardest not to be political. I’ve refused to interview several of your fellow candidates. I didn’t want to risk any personal goodwill by appearing to take sides in a contentious election. I thought: ‘Maybe the timing is not right.’ But I realize now that there is no correct time to oppose violence and prejudice. The time is always now. Because along with millions of Americans, I’ve come to realize that opposing you is no longer a political decision. It is a moral one.
I’ve watched you retweet racist images. I’ve watched you retweet racist lies. I’ve watched you take 48 hours to disavow white supremacy. I’ve watched you joyfully encourage violence, and promise to ‘pay the legal fees’ of those who commit violence on your behalf. I’ve watched you advocate the use of torture and the murder of terrorists’ families. I’ve watched you gleefully tell stories of executing Muslims with bullets dipped in pig blood. I’ve watched you compare refugees to ‘snakes,’ and claim that ‘Islam hates us.’
I am a journalist, Mr. Trump. And over the last two years I have conducted extensive interviews with hundreds of Muslims, chosen at random, on the streets of Iran, Iraq, and Pakistan. I’ve also interviewed hundreds of Syrian and Iraqi refugees across seven different countries. And I can confirm— the hateful one is you.
Those of us who have been paying attention will not allow you to rebrand yourself. You are not a ‘unifier.’ You are not ‘presidential.’ You are not a ‘victim’ of the very anger that you’ve joyfully enflamed for months. You are a man who has encouraged prejudice and violence in the pursuit of personal power. And though your words will no doubt change over the next few months, you will always remain who you are.
Sincerely, Brandon Stanton”
The crux of the issue surrounding Donald Trump is perfectly exemplified in Stanton’s quote: “…Along with millions of Americans, I’ve come to realize that opposing you is no longer a political decision. It is a moral one.”
And he is exactly right.
I understand if you are Republican. I understand if you absolutely despise and distrust both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. I understand if you “just can’t bring yourself to vote for a Democrat.” Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But this problem is one that transcends party lines. Do not make your only option Donald Trump. If you are so inclined to vote Republican, vote for Ted Cruz, who may actually be more warped than Donald, but hey. I understand that people come from different backgrounds and from different generations, and that often, the “millennial” generation tends to vote more liberal. However, this isn’t an issue of conservative versus liberal. It isn’t an issue of a younger generation versus an older one. In Brandon Stanton’s words, it is simply a moral issue. We are morally obligated to vote Trump out of this race.
Trump’s platform has awakened and accentuated racism in America. The Washington Post says, “Support for Trump is highest among whites who express ethnocentric viewpoints, score high on measures of authoritarianism, identify strongly as white, and who express negative views of racial minorities.”
According to Marie Claire Magazine’s article, “27 of the Most Outrageous Donald Trump Quotes,” Trump has said of Mexican people: “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bring crime. They’re rapists… And some, I assume, are good people.” Additionally, he has said, “Our great African-American President hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore.”
If you are a woman supporting Trump, I honestly cannot bring myself to understand why. He has made it ABUNDANTLY clear that he does not value women; time and again, he has proven his blatant disrespect for women. Again, from Marie Claire Magazine: “All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected (..) Ariana Huffington is unattractive, both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man – he made a good decision.” And, who could forget the most unsettling one yet? “I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
When I ask those that are older than I why they are voting for Donald Trump, I get answers like, “Well, he’ll get the best people for the job,” or “Look at the business empire that he’s created, he’s so successful.” The fact is, he isn’t. Donald Trump has filed for business bankruptcy a total of four times, which, to me, doesn’t sound all that successful. Yes, he’s amassed a huge business empire for himself and is worth billions, but that’s all he is: a small (ahem) man with a big fortune.
The way Trump conducts himself is absolutely antithetical to a person of presidential stature. We, as Americans and as human beings, should be absolutely terrified and ashamed that Trump has made it this far. However, there are incredibly stupid people that do incredibly stupid things, and Trump is at the helm of that group. Do not let yourself be one of those people. Do not vote for Trump.