Dear Trump Supporters,
I did not vote for your candidate but I find value in why you cast your vote and I support YOU.
Over the last week, I’ve listened to many of my Hillary friends rant about how Trump’s election proves how hateful, racist, sexist, xenophobic,
and bigoted the people who voted for him are.
I am here to say that I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT. I disagree. I think it proves something very awesome about you.
My politics are not always easy to read from isolated comments I leave here, on ATS. I don’t align with Democrats or Republicans. I am a registered
‘Unaffiliated’ voter, I voted for Johnson, but I do have a long history of being a Democrat until 2008.
I’ve noticed that people, on ATS, are too quick to assume the worst about me, sometimes -- especially in the last week — and that unfair judgment
is coming from Trump supporters, too. The other day, I had to endure the horror being continually accused of being a Hillary supporter. But I do not
support Hillary, I think she is corrupt, nothing could have made me vote for her.
But, know this…I do not judge you too harshly or too quickly, Trump voters. And I want to go on record, giving you my respect for casting your votes
as you saw fit.
THIS is how I feel about your votes…and THIS is what I have been telling my angry, judgmental Hillary friends over the last week:
I believe what resonated most with Trump supporters was his 'drain the swamp' and 'f- the media' messages. That's very good stuff, and if those
messages resonated with you, then I think Trump tapped into the very best of you.
That’s my take after talking with Trump supporters on this forum, and elsewhere, over the last year & a half — I LISTENED TO YOU.
Now, that doesn't mean Trump meant what he said. It remains to be seen. I have my doubts about him but I wish him the best and hope he wants to go
down in history as the best president he can be. I am ready to give him a chance. I also believe that most of his supporters would have still voted
for him -- and then some -- if he left out all the divisive rhetoric. That rhetoric was a weakness, not a strength.
It seems to me that if you don't put racism, sexism, etc. above every problem this country needs to tackle, then you will ultimately be called a
racist, sexist, etc. People have had it with that after 8 years.
I get it. I was called a ‘racist’ for the first time in my life because I didn’t support and criticized Obama, in 2008.
It's not fair to be held hostage with hollow allegations that are meant to shame people to get in line, like that. People are allowed to step away
from the issues of racism, sexism, bigotry and care about other things like government corruption and media collusion, too. They're equally oppressive
problems. Hillary sure wasn't talking about those issues.
In my mind, I think most Trump supporters are like, "I don't care if people call me a racist, bigot, xenophobe, sexist, etc...I know I'm not and I am
going to vote for Trump because he said he's going to do all these other
things that matter to me."
We weren't offered a contender candidate that was ideal, but Trump supporters do not deserve to be solely defined by Trump's worst qualities. Sure,
some do, but I do not believe they represent the whole.
We were just presented a choice between two of the least liked candidates in history. People chose the lesser evil based on the best
both candidates had to say.
I believe that.
Also, I don't think my Hillary friends embody the worst qualities I see in Hillary either.
So, Trump supporters...I support your right to prioritize the issues that you think the government should be tackling. I think you had many great
reasons to vote for Trump. And, I don't define you by what I think are Trump's worst qualities.
...And I thought you might need to hear that from someone who did not vote for Trump, all things considered, right now.
So, CONGRATS on your win and I think you deserve your moment.
edit on 14-11-2016 by MotherMayEye because: (no reason given)