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How I Went From Hating Trump To Being One Of His Biggest Supporters
When Donald Trump first came down the escalator to announce he was running for president, I had mixed feelings about him. Trump was my generation’s Ronald Reagan. Trump was in my living room since the early 1980s. It seemed wherever I went or channel I flipped to his name was plastered everywhere.
As long as I can remember there were always rumors about Trump running for president. I saw him more as a novelty or fringe candidate with his divorces, bankruptcy, some of his edgy views on Barack Obama, and immigration rather than someone to take seriously. Before he announced his presidency in June 2015, I really had no intention of voting. I really wasn’t enthused about the prospect of Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush, but they seemed what the establishment of both parties was trying to sell. Both were offering more wars, open borders, and bad trade deals which benefited their rich donors and depleted the working class.
What turned me from being lukewarm about Trump to a committed Trumpster was this “Eye for an Eye” mentality
At first, I didn’t like Trump. I thought his campaign was finished before it began with the statements about Mexico paying for the wall. Trump was an anomaly. There were some things he said I viewed as edgy, outrageous, crazy, and racist. Despite those things, I found myself agreeing with him on trade, immigration, and growing the economy.
The Attractions About Candidate Trump
What began attracting me to Trump as my candidate was he never apologized or backed down from anything he said. What finally made me get on board the train was when he nicknamed Jeb Bush “Sleepy” and got into wars Lindsey Graham and John McCain. I wasn’t a Trump “Kool-Aid” drinker; I was open to something different.
It wasn’t that I liked Trump, but I began seeing these Democrats for who they were. They weren’t asking me for their vote. Then they began harassing and bullying me because they couldn’t frighten me about Trump. I wasn’t for Trump but I believe in the Constitution and elections which are both free and fair.
Being Black and Conservative in Washington DC
When you are Black and Conservative in Washington DC it is normal to feel isolated. It angered me others would tell me how to think and how to vote. I was confused because all my life I heard Black leaders tell me voting was a fundamental right. Now, these same Black leaders were attacking me for exercising my right to vote.
I never insulted or harassed someone because they voted for Barack Obama or Bernie Sanders. But I was called a Nazi for my political views. Democrats never denounced this madness, but encouraged this new style of demonizing working people by calling them racist “Deplorables.” Those same people telling me who I should vote for had also told me how evil Republicans were. What I recognized was that the Republican Party was a big tent of acceptance while the Democrats excluded anyone who disagreed with or opposed them.
I went to a few Trump rallies and they were nothing like the media depicted. The media kept demonizing Trump supporters as uneducated Rednecks and Rubes. Many of us were ex Democrats who had supported Obama. As the Democrats kept flipping us the “bird,” it became very easy to support Trump.
I’m a forgiving person and rarely take things personally. However, with the Left, they seem aggrieved by the slightest offense no matter how minor or trivial. All my life I have heard how hateful Conservatives were only to discover the Left have hate for America, Christianity, men they don’t like billionaires, and millionaires. Every statue offends them and the simple existence of anyone with a different take than them is deeply offensive to them.
Give me a President Not a Pope
I was under no illusions that Trump was a saint. But I don’t want a Pope as my president. I want someone to protect this nation, stand up to our enemies, and defend our values and freedoms. It became tiresome when someone pointed out Trump’s flaws, but ignored the flaws of Democrats. Today’s Left has taken these absurd moral positions which are unrealistic and destructive.
I wondered who created these people. They aren’t just Leftists, but something from a George Orwell novel. I got so tired of these weak “Beta” men and “Snowflakes” whining and complaining about life not going their way. Donald Trump looked reasonable and sane compared to the Left. They kept saying Trump was a fascist, but none of these over-privileged, “Spoiled Brats” lost a bit of freedom.
They are not fighting in any wars or asked to do anything. All they do is resist while demanding we do something for them when they don’t even love or want to serve this country. I’m Old School in the belief that people should pay for their own education instead of whining about college debt. Whose fault is it you went to school for Afro-trans studies and now you’re a barista at Starbucks.
Trump will be re-elected in 300 days not because of White Supremacy. It’s because the Left refuses to look in the mirror at the damage they done. Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but I hope when their world comes crashing down in November maybe some will wake up and realize that it isn’t Trump but your losing because your ideas are bad and destructive. For them, my advice is to quit blaming others and recognized people like Bernie Sanders played you for the “sucker’ you are.