By Ashley Pell – Collegiate Staff
Whenever there was an election in America, my parents always tried to keep me informed about each candidate’s policies and views. My family has more conservative views than liberal but always told me that I can vote for whoever I feel would get the job done.
June 16, 2015 is when I first started to support Donald Trump. I was drawn to the fact that he was not a politician, but a successful businessman. As election day drew closer and closer, each presidential candidate had skeletons that were coming out of the closet.
Hillary Clinton’s private email account was picked and prodded, and Donald Trump’s tax returns were leaked to the media, uncovering that Trump had not paid taxes for years. An old video clip of Donald Trump and Billy Bush, a reporter from Access Hollywood, talking to one another, using vulgar language and talking about sexually assaulting Woman made me step back and truly look at the man that I wanted to be my president.
Trump’s comments about how he treated Woman, how he made fun of a reporter with a disability, and his ‘build a wall’ slogan, were all very upsetting for me. Women need to be treated with respect, and building a wall will not solve the illegal Mexican immigration.
Being a Christian is the main reason why I voted for Trump. Christians believe in second chances, and I have given many people second chances, including Trump after his rude comments were made. I am pro life, but I also believe that women have reasons why a pregnancy needs to be terminated. There are many debates out there about whether or not a fetus or embryo is truly a human being. To me and my belief, if it has a heartbeat, it is a living thing.
The key reason I did not vote for Clinton is because I feel like she is corrupt. The email scandal of her allegedly sending classified information over her email server was what her campaign struggled with. The Federal Bureau of Investigations kept reopening her case, which I feel was unnecessary, because they found the first time that she was not guilty. Clinton’s affiliation with the Clinton Foundation and what was going on behind the cameras raised some concerns for me when weighing my options on who to vote for.
I voted for Trump because he is not a politician. Trump was a businessman and I believe that our country did not need another politician as president. Ronald Reagan was first an actor, and then turned politician. Regan did not go to school to be a politician, and turned out to be one of the best presidents of the United States, in my opinion. With Trump having the pressure of never being a politician, he can run the country like he ran his businesses, minus the tax fraud. Trump has the best interests of America at his heart, and will do what is right for the country.
I am not a racist, I am not against the LGBTQ+ community, and I do not believe that women should be treated like sex objects. But I do believe that some Trump supporters are all of those things. I have yet to meet a Trump supporter who is all of the things above, but I know they are out there, which is unsettling. It bothers me when some people say that “all Trump supporters are racist” or “all Trump supporters hate the gays” because that is not true.
With Donald Trump being elected our next President of the United States, things are definitely going to change, whether for the better or worse is still undetermined. We need to unite as a country and carry on with our lives. The whole country has goals, get out of debt, keep our troops and veterans safe, and protect each citizen’s rights as Americans. Citizen’s need to stop fighting with one another, get together and agree on the common things, not argue on the slim differences each one of us carries. There is more good than bad out there, you just have to open your eyes. I truly and wholeheartedly believe that Trump loves his country and will do everything he can to protect it, and save it from economic hardship.
For those of you who are counting down the days to the 2020 election, I leave you with a quote from a former President.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.”