'If You Support Trump, You Are A Racist'

'If You Support Trump, You Are A Racist'

And all the little things in between.

“If you support Trump, you are a racist. You are xenophobic. You are homophobic. You are not for America.”

I sat alone reading these news headlines the week following the election. Protests followed all of the election results, but this time it was different. Hillary Clinton had won the popular vote, but now President-Elect Donald Trump had taken the Electoral College. To some people, this was now the end of the world.

I had never been ashamed of my undying support for the Republican Party, or any conservative party for that matter. Up until the moment where I suddenly lost half of my friends because none of them could believe I supported such a monster. It was one of those moments you have where you sit there and ask yourself, “do I want to be liked or follow my morals and values?”

I chose to spend the rest of that semester to myself. It was very lonely.

It wasn’t like I lost all of my friends, but tensions were high. A lot of my friends no longer believed I was the person they knew. How could I be? Apparently, I supported a racist, and because of that, I was racist. Though, as I recall, I don’t think I ever did anything that close to racist. Or homophobic, or xenophobic. Sure, I was Catholic, but last time I checked Catholics tended to be some of the most loving and accepting people I know. We might not support or agree with things, such as same-sex marriage, but we will surely respect you as an individual.

But, sitting there in my classes now as people whispered about the results behind my back, listening to them fear the end of everything they knew, I was somehow reconfirmed in my support, and where I felt the direction America needed to go.

Sure, President Trump isn’t the best of the best. He says some things that certainly just makes me scratch my head, but there are a few things that were happening and are happening that a progressive like Hillary Clinton would never have been able to handle in the correct way.

Trump promised to fix our immigration system. Something I believed had needed fixing for a while. A wall maybe wasn’t and isn’t the best solution, but it’s a start and a way to secure parts of our border. He wants to ensure a better way to get here, legally, but also on a merit-based system, people who will be able to contribute to our society and not cling to the social programs that are already failing.

Trump promised to do away with ISIS. He promised to drive them back with a strong military working against anyone who wants to hurt us. He wants to protect us in any way he can. It’s not an “America First” approach of "we are going to dominate the world," but an “America First” approach of "we are going to protect and fix America before we stick our noses into places it doesn’t belong."

We could be going to war soon too. There’s so much tension with North Korea, and while we need to avoid nuclear inhalation at all costs, a pro-military government is going to go in and get the job done efficiently and quickly. Not a tip-toe, try not to kill anyone, tactic that liberals might favor. It is war, and war is nasty. We might not like it, but think about how many we might lose if we don’t go there first. They sure won’t care who they are killing if they come here, whoever tries.

Trump’s election guarantees us protection of free speech. Today, more than ever, our free speech is under fire. “Offensive” views of Ben Shapiro are just ideas and opinions that people are too scared to hear because he proves why he’s right with facts. There’s protest after protest, all for rights and civil liberties by the left, but when the right tries to put on something about free speech or just a Trump Rally, it’s labeled white nationalist and white supremacy immediately. It is met with counter-protests and shut down due to it being “unsafe.” It wasn’t an unsafe environment until the counter-protest showed up.

So, call me what you will, because at the end of the day I’m confident in my beliefs. I might not support everything Trump does or says, but I support his policies and the Republican Party. I’m not afraid to stand out as a conservative on campus. I will not care what your views are either. You have a right to your opinions and I have a right to mine. I will not discriminate on race or sexual orientation. I will simply go on with my day because I’m an American and I respect those who respect me.

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A Country, Divided

Hate will only fuel hate

With the latest school shootings, election investigations, and the Time's Up and #MeToo movements flooding social media and the news outlets, it's almost impossible to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The people of our country are divided over personal beliefs, as usual, but have now insisted on using social media to belittle each other. While this is not new, each day I find new things people are complaining about on Facebook, especially the gun laws and problems with the NRA. While strict gun laws mean nothing to a country full of hatred, promoting and fighting for your rights with a heart full of hate will not make anything better for us.

It's one thing to support gun rights, but it's another to attack someone for wanting something different. All you have is an opinion. What you have to say is not fact, and it doesn't matter how many stats you find on the NRA's website to prove your point. Attacking students who watched their classmates die in front of them does not make you a great citizen because you're "protecting your rights." You sound like a jerk fighting with a 14 year old who is grieving.

I'm not writing this as a call to action, or to voice my opinion, because my opinions don't matter. In our country today, it seems like the only opinions that matter are those who are the rich, or those who are in support with our government. Anyone who goes against them are deemed liars and "wrong."

I'm glad that those who have wronged women are being punished. I'm glad that kids are finding their voices and are refusing to be silent. But if you fight with a CHILD, and tell them that their opinion doesn't matter, who ever told you yours did? Who made you feel like you were above everyone else because you support a big corporation, or a big government power? Hate to break it to you, but that's what they want. You're a dollar sign.

So the next time you log onto Facebook, Twitter, or whatever, think before you write a hateful post to your "friend" because you don't agree. Think before you yell at a child you've never met for using their freedom of speech and freedom to act, the same right that you're fighting for. Just because you're on opposing sides, doesn't mean you have to hate each other. Violence equals violence, and as of right now, I see no end.

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Are Adults Using Children To Further Their Political Agenda?

They're smarter than kids, and it shows.

Since the national student walkout on March 14, there has been an increased sense of "pride" in the children of the United States.

Adults and politicians praise students for standing up for what they believe, even though these same children are too young to vote for those exact things that they believe in. Rolling Stone wrote an article that criticizes adult Americans for doing nothing since the Parkland mass shooting that killed 17. Articles like these are more than common lately - children are being worshipped while adults take the full blame for gun violence and the lack of change.

I, however, want to offer a new perspective. Columnist Megan McArdle wrote an opinion post titled "The student walkout said more about adults than kids," and it challenged me to think out of the box and offer a new opinion regarding this upcoming generation of students. (Give her article a read because it's really thought-provoking!)

When the walkout took place, not everyone participated. There were schools that fully supported it, but many threatened to punish students for leaving class. My sister's high school didn't organize a walkout, but many students still decided to participate on their own. The media, of course, highlighted the schools that had hundreds of students marching on school property, waving signs and chanting for change.

More importantly, the walkout symbolized a new era of student's voice. Never before had so many underage children stood up for what they believed in. But was it really what they wanted? Had every single one of the thousands of students nationwide been educated on gun usage, firearm statistics, and the actual definition of a mass shooting? Or had their parents, teachers, and the media just told them what to believe?

If children started protesting against the drinking age, how would the adults respond? They'd probably disagree and put down the protests. It would make media headlines for a day or two and then dissolve into nothing. What if 12-year-olds demanded the right to drive cars? Ridiculous, the adults would say. Children's opinions rarely matter because their knowledge and experience are weak compared to that of their superiors.

BUT, when a child stands up for something that the adults are also passionate about, all of sudden, that child is "wise beyond years" and "more mature than most." It would seem, then, that the adults are the ones shaping children and controlling what they support.

This isn't a new concept, of course. Adults are smarter than children, in my opinion, and you'd be dumb to argue against that. And yet, people are basically worshipping the walkout students for organizing such a huge event on their own, except it wasn't on their own. The entire walkout depended on the support and aid of adult teachers, parents, and organizations. Adults spread the word of the event via Facebook, Twitter, news outlets, and text messages. Adults provided security at the schools during the walkouts. Adults showed up to video the event and provide news coverage. Without adults, the walkout on March 14 would have been nothing. It wouldn't have happened.

This wouldn't even be a problem if people weren't blaming adults for being retroactive in regards to gun control. But they are. Liberals are saying that children are more grown-up than most adults, simply because they decided to skip school for 17 minutes. Yes, there are certainly children who really do want gun control, but I have a bad feeling that the majority of them participated in the walkout because they felt pressured by their parents, teachers, and peers. The adults were in full control; the students were just puppets.

If we're going to let kids walk out of the classroom, lose quality learning time, and march for what they're "passionate" about, we better be prepared for it to happen again with issues that are more childish.

Imagine if these same kids organized a walkout to protest the length of the American school day - would they be so smart and mature then?

On a side note, the walkout is going to do nothing politically. The adults have government control, and they'll do what they want. Stay in school, kids, because your opinion does not have an influence, no matter how much mom and dad says it does.

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