I Wrote An Article About Trump––Here Are The Messages His Supporters Sent Me
A little over a year ago, I spoke to a family member about the list of Democratic candidates in the presidential primary. We had different opinions about who was our favorite. We had different opinions about who was the best person for the job. We had different opinions about who had the best chance of beating Donald Trump. But we agreed on one thing - Donald Trump had to be stopped.
My original favorite - the one whose policies most closely matched my own values - didn't win the Democratic primary. And while I still believe she would have been an excellent president, my mind has changed in a year. Because although another Democratic candidate's policies are more closely aligned with my policies, I believe Joe Biden - along with Kamala Harris - is the best person for the job for one important reason. He will bring this country back together. They will help us heal.
A few weeks ago I wrote an article about how to deal with having a family member vote for Trump. I didn't say I hate her. Rather, I admitted that a big part of the reason I'm so confused and hurt is because I love her. Contrary to what some people have misinterpreted, I did not advocate breaking families apart (although I think boundaries are healthy and toxic people - regardless of the source of toxicity - are not automatically entitled to be in our lives be). I wrote that I have hope for change and forgiveness. I worked to ensure that you surround yourself with people who share your values and are committed to change.
In response, my inbox was flooded with hateful and violent messages. Like that little gem.
Dude then goes on to tell me that I "deserve to be slapped in the face".
Or there was this one I woke up one morning: "Go and fuck yourself."
These are just some of the messages I have received.
That's what Trump stands for. Hatred and violence. He encourages that. He spreads that.
This is not just my opinion. It is a fact. Just a week ago he told the Proud Boys - a well-known white supremacist group - to "step back and stand by". In June 2020, he tweeted, "When the looting begins, the shooting begins." He infamously defended white nationalists in 2017, saying there were "some very good people on both sides". A nationwide review by ABC News found that "at least 54 criminal cases in which Trump was alleged in direct connection with acts of violence, threat of violence or allegations of assault". The review did not find a single criminal case in federal or state court containing an act of violence or threat on behalf of President Barack Obama or President George W. Bush.
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Conversely, Joe Biden rarely has a bad word to say about even his harshest critics. When Trump was hospitalized last week for COVID-19 complications, Biden stopped all negative political ads. He is kind and compassionate. He is not only sensitive, but also uses this empathy to build bridges and connect people. And while I still think some of the other main candidates had better guidelines, I have no doubt that he set us on a path of improvement, progression, and healing.
While Trump goes off the rails, causes tantrums, and practices Twitter rants, Joe maintains grace and dignity. He understands that nothing - absolutely nothing - can be achieved by spinning in a dumpster fire of hatred, attribution, and guilt.
“There is no better place than here in Gettysburg today to talk about the cost of partition, how much it has cost America in the past, how much it is now, and why I believe in this moment that we will come together must, "Biden said on October 6th to a small, socially distant crowd in Pennsylvania." Today we are a divided house again. But that, my friends, can no longer be. We face too many crises. We are too busy. We have too bright a future. "
We are undoubtedly worse - far worse - than four years ago, and not just because Trump's policies have resulted in family segregations, tax cuts for the extremely rich, and the loss of civil rights protection for the LGBTQ community (though those things should be enough, to get you to vote him out). He tears us apart too. Enough. ENOUGH.
This has to end. And we have the power to end it. Vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Do it early. Do it by email or in person. Go with a friend or go alone. But please do it. For all of us.
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