Why Would My Friends Vote Trump?
Most of my friends can’t understand why anyone would vote for Trump.
Some of my other friends are actually voting for him.
Since I have a hard time getting my head around this I asked them why. Here’s what they said:
Thoughts from my pro-Trump friends
- We need fair trade deals. It’s not right to send our jobs overseas.
- He is a businessman, not a politician. He tells it like it is, and yes, he’s brash and crude at times, but personally I’m so sick of the current POTUS I’m beyond the point Trump scares me. And I really like Pence.
- I don’t like what Clinton said about charging me or any one else $1,000 for a background check to buy a rifle or shotgun. And the FBI investigation and her emails. And everything else. I don’t like either one of them to tell you the truth but I’ve already voted for Trump.
- He is not a career politician. He is for America. He know’s how to generate jobs. He understands that we have a problem with illegals. He understands that we have a problem with ISIS. He knows we have to make our nation strong again. Because the liberals think they can manipulate the system and get away with it. Because he didn’t fix votes. He believes in voter ID. He will hopefully repeal the “not so” affordable health plan. Just to name a few.
- I am voting for him because he is not part of the political “club” being run by elitists. I am voting for him because he cares about America. I am voting for him because he doesn’t kill off people who oppose him, unlike his opponent. I don’t think he is perfect, but I think he has some great ideas to restore our country to greatness, and he is nobody’s puppet. Also, he has been giving full partnership benefits to gay couples since 2000-2001 and hiring women in executive positions forever!!!!
Some of this makes sense to me
Some of this actually makes sense to me.
I do understand — and even sympathize with — this:
Frustration with politicians who serve elite interests and ignore the rest of us. Mostly due to the legalized bribery of big campaign contributions. We must fix the system because people who don’t join it get voted out because too many people get their political news from watching ads during Modern Family.
Other thoughts don’t make sense to me. I don’t know anything about a $1K background check on guns — is that a real thing?
Otherwise, Hillary loves America too, and will work hard to make it even better by promoting:
- Tax hikes on the rich to pay for infrastructure (jobs + help trade) and education (jobs + support business). This lifts wages and the economy. (And higher taxes on the rich don’t harm the rich or the economy.)
- Profit-sharing with the workers who help to create those profits — so that all of the $$ doesn’t go just to the top
- A living wage
- Fixing Obamacare
Just dealing with fair trade isn’t enough, especially since most working class jobs are lost to technology not China or Mexicans.
And Hillary’s emails? Hillary would only be charged if the FBI found intent to harm the country by misusing classified documents. She hasn’t. This issue is pure politics or TV ratings. If you dislike politics, don’t be taken in by this.
In fact, acccusations against her are nearly entirely made up. Whitewater turned out to be just a bad investment, she and her husband did not murder their friend Vince Foster, and there was nothing real behind accusations surrounding Benghazi, for instance.
But mostly, Trump scares me.
Why Trump scares me
If any Trump supporters would like to explain why you are voting for him despite the list below, I would like to get your perspective.
- He wonders why we don’t use nuclear weapons when we have them. Uh, nuclear winter?
- He’s unstable — he can be baited with a tweet — and he’ll have the nuclear codes in his pocket 24/7.
- Trump likes dictators too much — seems to want to be one, himself. And he’s already working to dismantle democracy (examples)
- Terrorists for Trump: Nazis, KKK, ISIL… (they’re hoping for racist policies or that Donald’s words will spark an ethnic war)
- In conflicts he never backs down — he antes up, increasing the danger.
- His ego makes him manipulatable — which explains why Russian President, Vladimir Putin, wants him to win.
- He’s threatening to dismantle NATO (the Western alliance) — Putin’s wet dream. Of course Putin wants him to win
- He’s not trustworthy: He’s defrauded students at Trump University.
- He’s stiffed vendors who’ve worked for him.
- He’s the least honest person to run for office in 2016 — though his open bigotry is perceived as honesty. (That open bigotry is actually politics — recruiting racists to his side — not honesty.)
- I hate his misogyny, racism, sexual assault and general bullying.
- He has little self-discipline to learn about issues.
- He has little self-discipline, generally.
- He shows little to no concern for other human beings.
Trump is unlikely to help the middle class
- His interests are the same as the moneyed special interests who have stymied the working-class for years. Why would he make laws against his own interest? Especially when that is practically all he ever thinks about?
- One of the few policies he’s announced is tax cuts on the wealthy — benefitting him. And trickle-down doesn’t work.
- Trump’s created jobs? Job creation works differently in countries versus businesses. Herbert Hoover was a successful businessman, but had no idea how to create jobs when America plunged into the Great Depression.
- Most of our jobs are lost to technology, not China or Mexicans (besides, Trump Inc. has sent plenty of jobs overseas).
- His business acumen isn’t so acumen-able. Bankruptcy is his MO. Bankrupting the US would be a disaster. Short-changing “the little guy” — another MO — would not help America, either.
- Trump understands that we have a problem with ISIL? Hillary does, too. And she also knows that using the term “Islamic terrorism” and maligning Muslims only alienates them, creating homegrown terrorists — that no wall can keep out.
- Terrorists for Trump: Nazis, KKK, ISIL…
Dems are more responsive — Republicans are starting to be
I meet with members of Congress on Capitol Hill each year, and keep in touch with them in the months between visits. Over the years I have found Democrats to be much more responsive to the needs of the middle-class, while Republicans have tried to block or repeal everything (and then blame non-whites — Mexicans, Blacks, maybe even women’s rights — for ensuing financial problems among their base voters).
For example, Dems are pro-middle class on these issues:
- Social Security, Medicare
- Infrastructure jobs
- Educational support for students + job creation (teachers)
- No one who works should be living in poverty
That said, Trump is finally getting Republican rank-and-file to wake up and protest the fact that Republicans in Congress have been ignoring them for years. As a result, Republican Congress members are increasingly supporting the things I mention above, as they realize that they must begin responding to their middle-class constituents.
Which leads to my next point:
I’m glad Trump is shaking up the political establishment
For too long too many of our political “representatives” have responded only to the needs and wants of wealthy interests while ignoring the middle class.
And then they distract the middle class from this reality by blaming Mexicans, immigrants, blacks, women’s rights, Muslims… for their difficulties.
I’m glad that people are finally standing up to this. And finally getting our elected officials to respond to the people.
What are your thoughts on all this?
Given all that scares me about Trump, I’m wondering why his supporters aren’t scared too? If any of you Trump supporters would like to explain I would like to hear your thoughts.