I have never been good at putting myself in someone else’s shoes, thinking in more than one perspective, seeing the world through someone else’s eyes, whatever you want to call it… Despite that, once I ask the right questions, and give things a lot of thought, I am eventually able to understand why someone feels the way they feel, and makes the choices they make. However, I just don’t understand why people chose to vote for Donald Trump, or why they felt he was a better option than Hilary Clinton.
I have heard the “reasons”. Both on and off news media, I swear to you I have heard the reasons. The reasons just don’t make any sense, even when they come from someone who seems like a sensible person. From the most primitive reasons, like “to make America great again” and no explanation afterward, to reasons like changing the way corporations run America with a whole lot of explanation. At the end of it all, no matter how much I listen, I always come back to the same thought: How can you vote for someone who is so blatantly racist?
How can you hear Trump talk about building a wall to keep Mexicans from entering the United States, say Mexicans are rapists (and turn around and say sexually inappropriate things about his own daughter and admit to sexually assaulting women), be totally okay with being endorsed by the KKK, and still vote for someone like him? How can you hear those things and not be sickened and disgusted by them? I refuse to believe that people who do not support racism and racist behavior, would vote for someone like Trump. Supporting the American people of all colors, wanting people of all colors to have equal opportunities and fair treatment, is a sensible and empathetic way to think. It’s not the kind of thought process that leads to someone saying, “I support all Americans so I want to vote for Trump who wants to keep an entire ethnicity out of this country”.
The only logical conclusion I can make is that decent Americans who voted for Trump are just painfully ignorant (which is likely a VERY teeny tiny percentage, like maybe 0.000000000000001%), or these people who voted for Trump only care about specific groups of people in America, but not Americans as a whole. These people have no empathy or feelings toward the humans who live in this country, because how could they? How could they care about other people when Trump so clearly, CLEARLY demonstrates that he does not care about other people.
And yes, I have heard all of the reasons why people voted for Trump because they didn’t like Hillary Clinton. Yes, the woman who could have been the first female President. The woman who talked about rights for ALL PEOPLE on a regular basis. The woman who talked about raising the minimum wage, taking steps to halt corporate greed, and did so honestly and sensibly. The woman who cared about the reproductive rights of women. The human being who obviously, despite some of her own imperfections and history as a politician, demonstrated a genuine empathy for the American people. All the people, even those who are apathetic and voted for Trump (Note: When she called Trump supporters a basket of deplorables, she was scolding their behavior). There is only one reason why someone would choose to vote for Trump instead of Clinton.
You don’t care about the American people.