I am the last person to get political, believe me. I hate the direction our country is going in, but at times, it becomes hard to ignore it. I was a gung-ho Bernie Sanders supporter, but once I saw that it would be impossible for him to become the 45th president, I moved on. I don’t watch major news sources anymore like CNN, MSNBC or Fox, in an effort to try to ignore the election mess and yet I am still assaulted on every social media platform with updates. Over the past few months, it has become apparent that no matter what happens on November 8th, the outcome won’t be pretty. In an effort to play my part in this election, I will be bringing up 8 points made by Trump supporters and undecided voters on campus on why Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be our next president. I will also attempt to give my opinion on the points while staying as accurate and respectful as possible in 100 words or less.
“I don’t trust her.”
To say that you don’t trust Hillary but trust Trump is an outlandish statement. To put your faith, hope, and trust in our future in the hands of a man that cannot even keep his own business afloat without filing for bankruptcy four times is not a smart decision in my eyes. Trusting her, a skilled politician, with our country’s future is the best thing to do.
“She’s a criminal. She deleted all those emails.”
It’s time to put this to bed. FBI Director James Comey has said since July that there is no evidence of criminal activity regarding her emails. Just like the majority of us, when we read emails, periodically we delete them. It’s not hard to conceive that idea, right? While being so bothered about what Clinton had in her inbox, there have been genuine crimes that have been committed in the past 20 years like fraud, attempted sexual battery, and tax evasion, all coming from one man: Donald Trump.
“She is a liar.”
Hillary Clinton has nothing to lie about. Every lie that anti-Hillary people have brought up, whether it be her lying about her immigrant ancestors (which we all have) or her lying about the origin of her first name (which doesn’t make sense), has been groundless and found to be just another wild accusation. To find the real liar in this election, stroll on over to this website, where they fact-check every single word he has said, tweeted, or posted throughout this election cycle. It’s a fun read.
“I’m a republican, so I’m voting for the Republican candidate.”
Once you openly admit to only voting for someone solely because some people told you to, you become a sheep. You become a follower, standing in a line waiting for the next command. If you truly believe that Donald J. Trump is going to save America from nothing, then so be it, but do not just blame your unfortunate political decisions on a political party. Make your own decisions. Especially when the future of country is at stakes.
“I know Trump will do something about ISIS.”
In the past year, Donald Trump has said nothing about that. Yes, he has said many, many times that he will do something about ISIS and other Middle Eastern threats, but he has yet to say what he is going to do. Trump has literally said nothing about a plan on how he will take care of the terrorist group. His supporters have only assumed that that something involves expensive violence and an unneeded war, but that something could easily be nothing.
To blame an attack on two US government buildings on one person is foolish. Hillary Clinton is not the mastermind behind the deaths of an US ambassador, a US diplomat, and two federal contractors. Why would this woman go out of her way to attend and speak at four funerals if she was lying about her role in it? The claims made about her lying to families in pretend secret conversations and that she disrespecting our country by not telling Americans every gut-wrenching detail is the definition of insanity.
“She’s a woman. We’re not ready for a woman president.”
It is 2016. Women have been able to vote for almost a decade, but they can’t be president? That is the equivalent of saying that even though a black man can vote, he shouldn’t be president. That was actually an argument made in 2007. To say that because of someone’s gender, they aren’t fit to be president is just a hideous statement. The world is evolving, too fast for those that are still stuck in 1899. Things have changed, times have changed and America has changed.
“I hate politics.”
So do I. However, for us to live in America and not exercise our right to vote, rights that people have been fighting for since before our grandparents were born, it would be childish, thoughtless, and very disrespectful not to at least vote for the candidate that will actually support us. If you want your quality of life to improve, if you want your future to be bright and long rather than war-stricken and gloomy, if you want the next four to eight year to be good ones, the least you can do is vote.
I’m not here to tell anyone who to vote for; it’s a free country and I would be a hypocrite if I did. However, I am here to debunk some misconceptions that I have been hearing from people unknowing of the truth. Vote for whomever you think will help not only you but help the country. To not vote at all is surrendering your voice and your choices. It is far too late in this election season to sway anybody or influence anyone, but I just wanted to get some things off my chest.
(Arguments made by Shauna Stout)