I hope Americans can collectively react with disgust to the latest news about Donald Trump and his incendiary comments. This time, it’s a particularly lewd conversation with Billy Bush1 where Trump brags about his sexual exploits. You can read about it from the Washington Post and watch the video there.
I haven’t watched the video, because I already knew that I was not supporting Trump, but I hope that this is the nail in the coffin for his campaign. So far, politicians such as Senators John McCain and Kelly Ayotte have finally rescinded their support for Trump. Finally.
Unlike many of the Republican politicians now denouncing Trump, I was against him from day one of his campaign, when he labeled Mexicans as criminals and rapists. As the campaign went on, Trump continued to turn me off by mocking a disabled reporter, saying that a “Mexican” judge couldn’t do his job, belittling the parents of a Muslim solder, praising Putin2, and (obviously) making numerous disparaging comments about women.
Now, yes, people make mistakes about things they say, and a lot of men are insensitive when talking about women. Heck, I remember in eighth grade when another student flipped through our school yearbook and told me to state the girls I liked. Did I make certain comments then that I now regret? Yes.
But the difference is that I have now matured and learned to be more respectful to others. As a consequence, I cannot remember a single instance in the last eight years when I made a disparaging comment about a woman’s body, and I have no plans to do so in the future.
Trump was 59 years old when he made these comments, and he has shown no signs of changing or improving his demeanor.
As a Democrat-leaning voter, I can probably be expected to oppose Trump, but the truth is that I want to have two healthy political parties in this country to give me two healthy options. The Republican party used to nominate reasonable, competent men such as George H.W. Bush, who understood the power of the free market, who knew how to judiciously use military, who did not deny climate change, and who cared about people with disabilities. That era, sadly, seems to be gone.
I am endorsing Hillary Clinton for President. Whether or not I directly vote for her on my absentee ballot depends on whether the vote-swapping service I signed up for follows through. If I get paired up with a third party voter in a swing state, then I’ll vote for whoever that person wants (along with, of course, the condition that the other person votes for Clinton). If I don’t hear back from the vote swapping service, I will just go ahead and explicitly vote for Clinton.
As for other elections that happen now and in the future, I will be applying a simple litmus test for any candidate who I may elect: has that person ever given support to Trump’s presidency? If so, then I will not be voting for that person. Once that filters out the candidates, I can then focus on the real issues that matter.
Ultimately, Hillary Clinton was not my first choice3 for President. I do not believe she will help reduce the political correctness in this country. I support the Trans-Pacific Partnership and hope that she will reconsider her opposition. I have some reservations about her tenure as Secretary of State. And I feel ignored when she and other Democrats cater to African American, Hispanic American, and women voters.
But at this stage, we are down to two major candidates and must decide among the better of the two (or the “least awful” if you wish). And for me, that choice is abundantly clear.
Apparently, he’s a cousin of former President George W. Bush. Interesting … ↩
Putin, by the way, is someone who I view even more negatively than Trump. If there was somehow a Putin versus Trump election in the United States (oh no …), I would grind my teeth and vote for Trump. But let’s hope that never happens. ↩