Dear well-meaning Trump supporter, your vote was still a vote for Hate

Posted: December 31, 2016 in Qoutes


So, I live in Tennessee that’s been red since the dinosaurs. On November 8, it elected Donald J. Trump for president with an overwhelming majority of 215% and handed him like 5 million electoral colleges with a few extra to munch on for Thanksgiving.

The rest is, as they say with a pit in the stomach, history.

Over the course of these past few days that really felt like unbelievably surreal eons, I’ve gone through a host of emotions. And I’m not alone.

All of us who were against Trump because of his sexist, racist, xenophobic, utterly ignorant remarks/tweets/stances feel betrayed by the Basket of Deplorables who voted him in.

Oh no, please don’t take offense, I don’t mean YOU.

Yeah, you.

You there who proclaims so passionately that you aren’t racist or sexist or xenophobic or deplorable and that you love me, the other, but you voted for Trump nonetheless because you either hated Hillary or because you wanted to ‘empty the swamp’ of Washington and Trump was your hero.

Yeah, you’re not like them bigots who voted for him in spite of his calling all Mexicans rapists and drug dealers, in spite of his call to ban all Muslims, in spite of his profiling all blacks as thugs, in spite of his degradation of women, in spite of his bragging about sexual assault, in spite of the fact that seeing him in power makes KKK sing to the hills that its time has finally come.

No, you’re perhaps not like the radicalized racist elements in this country who voted him into power even though you too voted him into power. Maybe you’re not like them because you say you’re a moderate or a reasonable Trump supporter but you did vote for him so you must be comfortable with all that he said anyway.

So, excuse us when we breathe fire at his election and your delicate ass gets in the way too. Not trying to target-singe you or anything but #YouAreWithHim.

You don’t get to separate yourself from any of the damage that his presidency does.

There are chants of ‘build that wall’ in our schools today for Hispanic children to bear with. There are chants of ‘go back to where you came from’ in our colleges today for Muslim students to deal with. Black students are told to ‘ride at the back of the bus.’ Girls are being groped in school hallways and being told to not protest because ‘if the President can do it, so can I!’ All these are first-hand accounts witnessed by people in my community and in other communities all over America.

These kids who have sacrificed human decency at the altar of ‘telling it like it is’ are definitely coming from families that supported Trump for no reasons other than what these children are stating so loudly. I’m afraid to think of the rhetoric these young people must be listening to at home to believe it is okay for them to behave this way in public.

And you did this! You who voted for Trump even if you claim you aren’t racist and all!

This election was many things. His words were poisonous from the start but you were perhaps so privileged or callous to not really care what that really did or would do to those he targeted.

I’m feeling a lot of things right now but the most relevant emotion to all that’s happened is that we are selfish and we vote for selfish reasons, without thinking what that one vote can do to the rest of us.

Being of Muslim faith, I don’t agree with many, MANY, things that the liberals stand for but at the same time, I can also see that this isn’t just about me. Because a country isn’t ever just about one person or belief or ideal. It has to cater to every citizen. It has to protect and respect everyone who lives in it.

I recently read a Muslim woman’s account who voted for Trump because she believed he really will crush ISIS. Unlike the Washington crowd, Trump is an outsider, an agent for change. He isn’t friendly with Qatar and the Saudi Kingdom or any governments alleged to have assisted the terrorist organization at one point or another (as per WikiLeaks), has no favors to pay back to anyone, hence, he will be tougher on radical Islamists. Perhaps true. And we all want that. But this was ONE aspect of a man’s narrative who has never held a public office and can hardly predict how he will deliver on this promise given his lack of political experience.

For the record, he has already gone back on his promise to repeal Obamacare completely because it’s not all bad. This doesn’t show he is willing to work across party lines. This shows how uninformed he was about issues he boasted to be an expert on.

What about the rest of the stuff?

An African-American cab driver told my husband that he’d voted for white men all his life but the white men and women couldn’t take one black president.

A friend of mine, for the first time in her life and she is an American by birth, was accosted by a white lady at a gas station and told to ‘watch her back’ because now Trump is in power and will deal with everyone.

Another friend of mine took off her hijab because she feared for the safety of her children and her own person. This was the hardest thing she has ever had to do in her life!

My housekeeper knows of undocumented hardworking families who came out of the shadows because the Obama Administration asked them to and now they face a very real threat of deportation or separation.

A single mother was worried that with the repeal of Obamacare, she’ll lose her insurance and the facility and means and chance to care for her son’s heart disease.

Another woman trying to heal from loss of a baby was schooled on the evils and punishments of getting an abortion. She hadn’t. She’d had a miscarriage.

For the first time in all our 14 years here, my husband told me to not go out alone at night. I, for the first time in our 14 years here, fear for my family’s safety when they are out.

There is that race thing. The religion thing. The immigrant thing. The woman thing. But we aren’t allowed to talk about it because whenever we do, it’s always ‘oh, please, don’t take out THAT card!’

Umm, no.

We aren’t the ones pulling out cards. Your candidate did that and you validated all that hate with your vote. Every time he resorted to hate speech, his popularity shot up until it landed him in the White House.

Your explanations of why you did it do not help.

Fact is that Donald J. Trump is now the President-Elect. That’s reality and I agree we need to accept it and respect it.

To all those who voted for him and are determined that this wasn’t about race, wasn’t about sexism, wasn’t about xenophobia in spite of his sweeping insults to every minority of every race, religion and gender – prove it.

Journalists are now out there reporting that every Trump voter honestly thought their vote was for change alone and wouldn’t hurt anyone. Well, it has. It has hurt the cause of religious freedoms, women’s rights, gender equality, and social justice.

Fix this! Hold back your bullies and your bigots.

Now is your time to prove it to the rest of us that we are still safe in America in spite of our color, our origin, our religion. This is on you.

You have four years. Use them well.

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