As November grows nearer and, with it, Election Day, people all across America are battling it out with themselves, friends, family, and even complete strangers over who is best qualified for their country’s most prestigious position: The President of the United States, also known as POTUS. Our choices? Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, two candidates a lot have never heard of and didn’t even know were still contenders, but more notably, Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic runner Hillary Clinton.
Regardless of which side you’re ultimately voting for, most Americans can agree neither major candidate has the cleanest history record. As we all know, Clinton and her emails have been plaguing her political career and will probably continue to do so for the rest of her diplomatic life. Her family was thrust into the negative spotlight due to her husband’s infamous infidelity and impeachment trial, even though he was ultimately acquitted. Most anyone anti-Clinton call her a liar and would never put her in the Oval Office as tape after tape and email after email continues to surface, making it more and more difficult to earn back the trust of the American people, what little she had, anyway.
But then you have Donald Drumpf, or, as he is now known, Donald Trump. With little to no political career behind him, he has still managed to gain notable popularity among most Americans as a business mogul and entertainment personality. His numerous successful business ventures seem to overshadow his multiple failed ones and the several contracts lost over the duration of his business career and bankruptcies. Many believe he’s a successful business man because of his billions of dollars, completely ignoring that:
A. some of that money was inherited from his father, B. He’s actually been broke before due to his lack of financial insight, and, C. The majority of money he’s made was not actually from his businesses because, as you’ll be surprised to know, he doesn’t own a lot of things with the Trump name on it. Instead, it comes from his notoriety as a celebrity.
So now that you have a bit of a background on both candidates and why many would not vote for either, you should have a bigger understanding of the dilemma that we’re in. However, as negative and unfit as both candidates are for the presidency, there has always been one thing about Donald Trump’s campaign that’s bothered me personally more than any other campaign ran since my birth in February 1990, including the elections I was unable to vote in. His supporters.
Truthfully, I didn’t even realize this bothered me until his misogynistic tapes were uncovered late last week. I really genuinely believed it was the Donald that got on my nerves. His white eyes, his orange everything else…his insults, mudslinging, negative remarks about any ethnicity that wasn’t Caucasian…But, alas, it’s his supporters and their unwillingness to hold him accountable that annoy me the most.
No, it’s not every single Trump supporter. That would be completely stupid to say, and I don’t know all of them. But over the past year, it’s becoming more increasingly obvious that a lot of people who support him don’t really give credible reasons why. That, or they ignore his negative sides. And, to top it off, many actually defend his actions by bringing up someone else’s dirty past.
And that’s what happened with these tapes. The recording is at the bottom of this Take if you’d like to listen to it, but here are a couple of lines sampled:
“I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married.”
“I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her.”
“You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful – I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”
“Grab them by the p-------y. You can do anything.”
Now, yes, that’s bad and horrible. But this is what makes those comments even worse. His supporters defending it. How? By bringing up the Clinton marriage. People already had their beliefs about it before this anyway, and it's just gotten worse.
It was in that moment that I realized that Trump was not making our nation look bad, but the people supporting him. These comments of, “Well, Clinton cheated for years, so who cares?” and “Clinton can’t even control her husband, how can she control country?” or, and this one was straight from Trump’s mouth, “Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course.”
These statements came from Trump and his supporters and they still continue to appear for some reason. Trump even had the nerve to say, “Hillary was an enabler, and she attacked the women who Bill Clinton mistreated afterward. I think it’s a serious problem for them, and it’s something that I’m considering talking about more in the near future,” and by the near future, he means the October 9th Presidential debate. Keep in mind, these statements either came from his supporters or Trump himself, who, if you recall, had a public affair with Marla Maples while still married to his first wife Ivana Trump. But the only affair Trump supporters want to discuss are from the Clinton camp.
That’s what annoys me about his supporters. The only defense they have of their candidate is to either say something negative about Clinton or completely ignore their candidate’s actions.
No, I’m not saying Clinton is a saint because trust and believe, she’s far from it and she has some explaining to do herself, and if you've ever seen me comment on this election so far, you know I'm not voting for her, either but…while some Clinton supporters use her political career to explain why they support her, the only thing I hear from Trump supporters is something negative about Clinton when their own candidate isn’t any better. Even his running mate is caught defending negative statements and skirting questions on camera.
And, the worst part, is that people are trying to come up with a defense at all. The fact is that you really shouldn’t be defending what he said at all because it’s terrible and talks pejoratively about half our nation’s citizens. It makes you look just as bad as him by defending his statements. Openly defending statements about casually sexual assaulting a woman discredits yourself. I mean, this is a man who said he wouldn’t mind if someone called his daughter a piece of ass and his supporters just seem like they don’t even care.
Why? We look stupid defending and electing someone to presidency who is blatantly okay with sexual assaulting women but then call for a boycott of the NFL because a couple players won’t stand for an anthem. Where are the priorities at? I mean, there are people on his Facebook page saying, "Boys will boys" and "It was a private conversation" or "We hear this every day on TV" but for someone to even think this to be allowed to write laws and veto decisions that will impact our country, what he says and thinks about these things matter. Visit his Facebook page here to read more comments.
And, of course, this is just one example, but the fact that his supporters don’t hold him accountable for his actions, his mannerisms, statements, and inability to formulate a complete sentence that makes sense and also answers a question scare me more than him or anyone else actually winning the election. We, as Americans, are really showing other nations that so many of us are unintelligent, and, whether you like it or not, that actually matters.
Are either of these candidates the best? No. But we as a country have an obligation to hold our campaigning politicians accountable for their actions. And honestly, with so many people being unwilling to do it has me worried for the future of this country. I’m not patriotic by any means and have my own views on America, but I do not believe we are as helpless as many act when it comes to politics.
I’ve said it once before and I’ll say again. To America, this is just another Presidential election, but to everyone else, it’s an IQ test, and guess what? We’re not passing.