I’ve always believed in politics on a theoretical level, you know small government this, big government that. It’s just politics, nothing personal. Or as one presidential candidate might say, it’s just business. And though it’s entertaining to watch politicians make fun of one another and majorly screw up, something dawned on me the other day while watching the presidential debate. Seeing Donald Trump stand behind that podium had me picturing what if that podium had the White House seal? You see, it’s all fun and games until the reality starts sinking in, that he is one step closer to the Oval Office. I realized this election is getting personal to me upon hearing him shout China countless amount of times and “stop and frisk”. So much so that Donald Trump is up there on that stage because people are voting for him. And for my friends reading this, (using my “I” statements from 3rd grade conflict management training) I am personally offended if you vote for Donald Trump and here’s why.
As a child of immigrants, a vote for Trump is saying you don’t think my family and I should be in this country.
My parents both individually immigrated to the US in the 80s. Both have been here for over 30 years, and both have been citizens for almost 20. And even though my parents immigrated here legally, the fact is this, America is still using an outdated immigration system, the one that’s nearly impossible to become a citizen unless you’re insanely rich/famous or marry someone. So for Donald Trump to say the following things indicates that he is not actually for legal immigration, but rather he is for criminalizing/deporting illegal immigrants instead of working on a new system that allows for easier, smoother, and fairer legal immigration. These people Trump are calling criminals are the very people that we do life with everyday who have escaped hell from their home countries, who work a job no one wants to do, who are separated from their family, who pay taxes, and who are adding to the economy. So voting for Trump is the equivalent of these words coming out of your mouth.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
“The immigration laws of the United States give the president powers to suspend entry into the country of any class of persons. […] I would use this power to protect the American people. When I’m elected, I will suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies, until we fully understand how to end these threats […] we have no choice.” I don’t think he knows that there is a history of terrorism WITHIN the US… you know, home-grown terrorism.
On China (using broken English, mocking a Chinese English accent) “When these people walk into the room, they don’t say, ‘Oh hello, how’s the weather? It’s so beautiful outside. How are the Yankees doing? They’re doing wonderful, that’s great.’ They say, ‘We want deal!'”
“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
“We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country. That’s what they’re doing. It’s the greatest theft in the history of the world.”
As a minority, a vote for Trump means you don’t think I’m American.
I was born in Ohio, grew up in Illinois, went to school in New York, and now live in New York City. What boggles my mind is that the very first non-white American president gets questioned about his place of birth simply because he looks different and his name doesn’t sound “American” also known as “white.” And who led that charge? None other than Donald Trump. First of all, his birthplace shouldn’t even be of question. But even after the birth certificate was shown, for years Donald Trump continued on insisting he wasn’t American. And listen to the way he talks about minorities, adding “the” in front of their ethnic background as if minorities are all the same. Basically, Trump’s ignorant and patronizing “the” is enough to say that the “we“ is the real America or white America, and the rest are “the” minorities.
“We’re going to have great relationships with the Hispanics. The Hispanics have been so incredible to me. They want jobs. Everybody wants jobs. The African Americans want jobs. If you look at what’s going on, they want jobs.”
“I have a great relationship with the blacks. I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks.”
As a woman, a vote for Trump is saying I am worth nothing to you other than my looks.
I’ve been noticing more and more that we live in a man’s world. Just the other day it was explained to me that the AC in my office building is so low and that stems all the way back to because men wear suits and get hot (not like they can’t take their jacket off or roll up their sleeves). Here we have Donald Trump. He has had three wives, all in the entertainment industry and known for their looks. Two of whom were models. If he was a woman Trump would be called a slut. All of his failed marriages were because of his extramarital affairs. Which I find ironic that he was going to attack Hillary Clinton with Bill’s affair but “didn’t feel comfortable doing it” (thank God for his conscience). Which also shows to say that Trump views Clinton’s worth tied to her husband’s actions. There are rape allegations against Donald Trump, accounts of unequal wages for women against him as an employer, people referring to women as a “Trump girl.” He owns the Miss USA beauty pageant and his claim to fame for it was “when I bought [Miss Universe], the bathing suits got smaller and the heels got higher and the ratings went up,” and his famous “Trump rule” where contestants parade around him so he can separate them based on looks. He has asked people to rate how hot his wife and daughters were. I could go on, but here are his own words to build a case against himself.
“26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?”
“I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.”
“You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”
To a female reporter on “Last Week Tonight”: “I mean, we could say politically correct that look doesn’t matter, but the look obviously matters. Like you wouldn’t have your job if you weren’t beautiful.”
“While @BetteMidler is an extremely unattractive woman, I refuse to say that because I always insist on being politically correct.”
“The only card [Hillary Clinton] has is the woman’s card. She’s got nothing else to offer and frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card, and the beautiful thing is, women don’t like her.”
“All of the women on ‘The Apprentice’ flirted with me — consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.”
“If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
“Rosie O’Donnell is disgusting, both inside and out. If you take a look at her, she’s a slob. How does she even get on television? If I were running The View, I’d fire Rosie. I’d look her right in that fat, ugly face of hers and say, ‘Rosie, you’re fired.'”
“We’re all a little chubby but Rosie’s just worse than most of us. But it’s not the chubbiness — Rosie is a very unattractive person, both inside and out.”
“Beauty and elegance, whether in a woman, a building, or a work of art, is not just superficial or something pretty to see.”
“@ariannahuff is unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man- he made a good decision.”
On Megyn Kelly, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.”
On Carly Fiorina, “Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president? I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”
As a citizen, a vote for Trump is saying my black friends and neighbors deserve police brutality simply because of the color of their skin.
I live in Brooklyn, literally right next to the housing projects with a heavy African-American population and have never felt in danger. The people here are friendly and have a beautiful community, full of parades and festivals on the weekends. But we shouldn’t be shocked to hear that Trump is a racist. There were lawsuits claiming he wouldn’t rent apartments to black people. Back in 1987, Trump bought full-page ads calling to “bring back the death penalty, bring back our police” for five black teens who were convicted of beating up and raping a woman. They were later to be found innocent and exonerated based on DNA, coerced confessions, and well, the real rapist’s confession. He refused to disavow the endorsement of a KKK leader. He denies his white privilege, saying he relates to black people, relates to pulling himself up from the bootstraps, he has sacrificed a lot, and only had a “small loan” from his father (it was $14 million). He denied police brutality saying we need “law and order” (dun dun) and paints a bleak picture of the African-American community, reducing the culture to nothing but guns and violence.
“A well-educated black has a tremendous advantage over a well-educated white in terms of the job market. I think sometimes a black may think they don’t have an advantage or this and that… I’ve said on one occasion, even about myself, if I were starting off today, I would love to be a well-educated black, because I believe they do have an actual advantage.”
“Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”
“Laziness is a trait in blacks.”
On Black Lives Matter: “It’s a massive crisis. Some horrible mistakes are made. At the same time, we have to give power back to the police, because crime is rampant.” Keep in mind, these “mistakes” are the executions of innocent black men by police.
“Our African-American communities are absolutely in the worst shape they’ve ever been in before. Ever, ever, ever.” Maybe he forgot about century long slavery…
“Our great African-American President hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore.”
As a person of faith, a vote for Trump says to me you think my Muslim friends shouldn’t continue to live in peace in America.
As a Christian I know what it’s like to have a few idiots deface your entire religion. But I know Muslims have it far worse when a few people become delusional and use Islam as a reason for cold-blooded terrorism. He insists on calling it radical Islam which only further stigmatizes the faith and creates prejudices about all Muslim. He goes as far as to call for the ban on Muslims entering in this country while failing to address the idea of home-grown terrorism. He supports a Muslim database and I wouldn’t be surprised if he supports tapping into American’s phones and emails. As a human, a vote for Trump says to me that you believe refugees don’t deserve a chance at life.
“People were so upset when I used the word Muslim. Oh, you can’t use the word Muslim. Remember this. And I’m OK with that, because I’m talking territory instead of Muslim.”
On refugees “I’m putting the people on notice that are coming here from Syria as part of this mass migration, that if I win, if I win, they’re going back.” Back where? They don’t have anywhere to go.
On the Orlando night-club mass shooting, “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!” Turned out the attacker was homophobic and frequented the gay nightclub but used ISIS as a cover for his attack. And he’d fall under the category of “home-grown”.
As an American, a vote for Trump means you don’t understand the Constitution.
It terrifies me that someone who does not understand even the simplest laws of the land could be running the country and have his finger on the nuclear codes. He could be commander-in-chief and his hot-headed temperament could start a global war. During the presidential debate, Trump kept calling to bring back the “effective” “Stop and Frisk” which was deemed unconstitutional under the fourth amendment because it profiled African-Americans and Latinos. And let’s not even go into detail about Trump wanting to ban an entire religion, despite the fact that it goes against the first amendment and the very reason why the Puritans came to America in the 1700s, freedom of religion.
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.” Side note, never trust anyone who refers to themselves in the third person.
“I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose voters.”
“When Iran, when they circle our beautiful destroyers with their little boats, and they make gestures at our people that they shouldn’t be allowed to make, they will be shot out of the water.”
As an adult, a vote for Trump is saying that you believe it’s appropriate to interrupt, threaten, ridicule, lie, insult, degrade, and disrespect those that disagree with you.
I believe your words are the windows to your soul. The very lips that compliment and speak beauty can speak harm and destroy. Donald Trump’s rhetoric is that of a spoiled child. He’s a bully, brags about how much money he has, constantly lies, thinks of no one but himself, doesn’t apologize, interrupts (51 times during the presidential debate), and threatens anyone with an opposing view. Trump takes things personally and makes things personal and that is why a vote for Trump is a personal attack.
After the World Trade Towers collapsed, “40 Wall Street (Trump’s property) actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan… And now it’s the tallest.”
“If she [Hillary Clinton] gets to pick her judges – nothing you can do, folks. Although, the Second Amendment people. Maybe there is. I don’t know.”
On posting an unflattering photo of Heidi Cruz: “I thought it was a nice picture of Heidi,”
Anderson Cooper: “Come on, you’re running for president of the United States.”
“Look, I didn’t start it.”
“Sir, with all due respect, that’s the argument of a five-year-old.”
“It is not. It is not!”
“The argument of a five-year-old is, ‘He started it’!”
“You would say that. But he started it! The problem with our country — that thinking, that’s the problem with the country. He sent out a picture. It was Romney people, they were very embarrassed he did so poorly four years ago, he choked like a dog.” After not apologizing, blaming someone else, and then insulted them, he then continues to interrupt Anderson Cooper 14 times.
Now I understand that I’m over-generalizing and it’s not actually this simple. But the reality is Trump lives in his own twisted reality. The Founding Fathers established this nation as a republic and our responsibility as citizens is to find people who speak for us on our behalf. When these words are coming out of Donald Trump’s lips, they might as well be coming out of yours when you vote for him. And what’s utterly ridiculous is that just one of these quotes is enough to end someone’s political career, but this race is unlike any other. For some reason, Trump’s constant deplorable rhetoric is being forgiven and glossed over time and time again. His supporters continue to defend him without any sound logic other than the fact that their closeted bigotry has finally become mainstream (well to an extent). I am simply dumbfounded how we as a people can take a huge step forward with Barack Obama and a million steps backwards with Donald Trump. You see, Donald Trump isn’t going to make America “great” again because we can’t pinpoint when that time was “great”. Trump’s idea of “great” is a monoracial white America back before the country was founded. What Trump will do is make America “a shame” again.
For many, this election isn’t personal, but for the 50.4% of America who are women and 38% (and rising) who are minorities it is. Sure it’s the flaw of the two-party system that we have to pick between two candidates the majority of America does not want, but I’m voting for Hillary Clinton even though I am not her biggest fan. What I do know about Clinton is that she is beyond overqualified and Trump is beyond under-qualified. Though I don’t agree with a plethora of her policies, WE. CANNOT. AFFORD. TRUMP. So when you vote think about your friends and family who take this election personally. And please vote for Clinton because a vote for someone else or simply not even voting is a vote for Donald Trump.
I know I am not the only one personally offended by a vote for Trump and if you haven’t been offended yet, your vote for Trump could be offending your friends and family, not to mention probably yourself in the future. Now raise your hand if you have ever been personally victimized by Donald Trump.