Voters who think re-electing President Donald Trump in 2020 will make America great again are in for a rude awakening, as it makes them racist and against the betterment of the nation.
In 2016, Trump’s campaign was more aspirational, providing a rallying point and cry for those Americans who considered themselves “forgotten.” It wasn’t fathomable that someone like Trump, promoting a platform like his, would be successfully elected to the nation’s highest office. However, Nov. 9, 2016, the unfathomable became a reality for the United States.
Those who supported Trump in his first campaign were blindsided, supporting several of his platform initiatives that seemed legitimate and reasonable, while ignoring those that were more radical and irrational. However, Trump supporters might not enjoy the benefit of the doubt the next go around.
In the last two years, Trump has occupied the presidency, depreciating its value and influence with his storm of irrational tweets and outrageous policy actions. Be it decisions to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or implementing a traveling ban on immigrants from several Middle Eastern countries, Trump’s presidency proved incompetent. Even his waging of social media wars with other heads of state, celebrities and political figures, exemplifies the confusion and chaos indicative of Trump and his administration.
And now, as he pursues a second term — something he began when he filed for reelection on the day of his inauguration for his first term — Trump’s actions as president have become more irrational to win reelection and the favor of those who supported him in 2016. Trump is now on a mission to push for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, which was one of his key campaign promises from the 2016 election. Trump is so invested in proving a point and delivering on this promise, he declared a national emergency, granting him the power to pull money from military spending and homeland security if necessary.
And if conservative voters who cast votes for Trump in 2020 still would like to think their vote for him doesn’t make them racist or part of the problem in America, they’re wrong. Trump’s presidency and administration reeks of ill-informed and racist policy decisions rooted in fear-mongering. all who vote for him in 2020 are supporters of each of these things.
Any person with decency, dignity and respect for human life, rights and what the nation’s founding fathers placed on paper — “that all men are created equal … and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” — wouldn’t consider casting a vote for a person like Trump or a platform like “Make America Great Again.”
In 2020, every vote cast for Trump says more about the individual casting the vote than it does about Trump himself. Each vote represents how Trump supporters view immigrants, civil rights issues and education funding. Every voter who casts their vote for Trump in 2020 shows the nation they aren’t concerned about the future of the nation, but about the preservation and success of a wealthy few. And in all honesty, those who cast votes supporting Trump’s election are even voting against their own interest and well-being because Trump doesn’t possess anything in common with them.
So what does this mean? In 2020, the voters who cast votes for Trump become the greatest threat to nation. And no matter what, they won’t be able to cast their votes in his favor and deny that such an action is reflective of their belief in the same views Trump expresses. Conservative voters have to wake up and realize that Trump is doing everything in his power — and arguably, not in his powers — to completely ruin the reputation of the presidency and this nation. Conservatives have to stop attempting to find reasons to rationalize Trump’s confusing and illogical actions, and begin accepting those actions as damaging to the state of the union.
Voting is important. And every voter has the free will to cast their votes in the ways they see fit. But with that free will comes the great responsibility to ensure that, as a voter, the vote that is being cast is being done with full confidence, well intentions and responsible evaluation. And in 2020, despite the liberty to support a second term for Trump, those who are going to cast their votes for him ought to be seriously held responsible for their role in destroying the nation.