Many of you know how this uneducated redneck voted in this election, but from the vitriol flying across social media, I don’t believe you know why I voted the way I did.
The media is saying it was the blue collar, uneducated, white males that voted Trump into office. Friends of mine on social media are claiming this is the end of religious rights, anyone that is brown will now be deported, Muslims will face massive violence against them, and if you are a woman or a member of the LGBTQ community, you may as well hang it up since you will no longer have any rights.
I disagree and feel folks are simply expressing defeatism.
Like him, or hate him, you have to admit Trump is a very successful businessman. As such, he has had to encounter all sorts of individuals in direct dealings as well as employees who live in alternative lifestyles. At the end of the campaign cycle, a few women made claims against him, but you did not hear from anyone who said he discriminated against them for their race, religion, sexual preference, or even sex. The claims were for being “touchy,” hence the accusations of misogyny.
I personally know of women, blacks, Hispanics, and members of the LGBTQ community who voted for Trump. Are they traitors? Have they drank the Kool-Aide?
It was not simply the uneducated redneck that voted for Trump in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, or even Pennsylvania, which has not been a Red state since the 1988 election. People of all races, colours, and creeds voted for him. But why?
Hillary said she was the best candidate because of her more than 30 years’ experience in politics. I also hear how she has been investigated more than any other woman in America has and was never found guilty. Remember folks, just because you are not charged does not mean you are not guilty.
You complain about those with privilege getting off for rape and abuse, but you never even consider that Hillary is privileged, and therefore is receiving the very same treatment. The recent investigation by the FBI is proof of that; Comey said she committed a crime but suggested she not be prosecuted for it. During this same period a member of the navy is sentenced to prison for six personal photographs he took aboard a submarine.
That is privilege.
Back to her claim of being best qualified for having 30 years of experience in politics, while Trump has none.
This, my friends, is exactly why I voted for him. I am tired of the entire political establishment, and am hoping that someone who is not a career politician will shake things up. Hillary is as establishment as the establishment can be. She is also as privileged as privilege can be. Trump is my hope for change.
I have lived through nine presidents so far. I have voted almost every year since 1984. I have always voted my mind and never straight ticket, even this year. Unlike Michelle Obama’s, “For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country,” I have always been proud to be an American and of my country of birth. I have suffered from the actions of politicians, and have enjoyed success because of their actions; more recently, I have suffered more than I have in the past.
I wanted “Hope and Change.” I chose to vote for the anti-establishment, non-politician candidate, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the accusations I am now facing because of my choice.
At least now, I truly feel I can hope for change.