Things Trump Supporters are Tired of Hearing

Things Trump Supporters are Tired of Hearing

What the media tells you is not always true.
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I am a Donald Trump supporter – and I'm not afraid to admit it! There are many negative connotations associated with him and with the success he is experiencing. I think it's time to address those connotations head-on. I hear the same things about him over and over again, but I think a lot of what people think of him are conclusions drawn without knowing the whole story. Here are some things that myself, and other Trump supporters are tired of hearing.

Trump is a racist.

Just because Trump is against illegal immigration and wants to build a wall, does not mean he’s racist. “Illegal” is not a race. Illegal immigrants are people who come into the United States, stay, and live here without going through the legitimate legal process. Whether they come from Mexico, Canada or Mars, they are breaking the law.

Trump went bankrupt multiple times.

So 4 out of the hundreds of successful businesses he owned went bankrupt? Please, tell me how many successful businesses the other presidential candidates have had? Also, I’m not sure that people understand what bankruptcy even entails. It’s one of the smartest things you can do for a company that isn’t making it.

Trump isn’t a true Republican.

I can understand the skepticism about this. He used to be a Democrat and now he’s a Republican -- of course that seems sketchy! But instead of worrying about what candidate is the most devote Republican, we need to focus on what candidate will beat the competition and make a difference in office. In the past, there have been many hardcore Republican presidents but once they’re in office, they let the Democrats walk all over them and don’t stick to Republican values.

Trump has had too many divorces.

My only response to this is who cares? I think often times we find little things to nit-pick about the people we don’t like -- no president or candidate is going to be perfect.

He is too rich.

This is the worst thing that anyone can say. Most of the presidential candidates have a lot of money. Yes, Trump is known for being one of the richest people in the world, but every other candidate has a lot of money too. Hilary Clinton has tens of millions of dollars which she inherited from her family. Also, most of the other candidates have millions of dollars from being in the senate or governing, etc. In order to run for president you need to have enough money; presidential bids are very expensive.

He has no political experience.

This is completely false. A lot of people think that because Trump is known for his businesses and real estate and being on reality television that he wasn’t involved in politics. However, Trump has actually been involved in politics for the last several years. He’s written numerous books about America and the government, and he’s contributed his opinions on many news networks. Instead of looking for the candidate with the most political experience, we need to look for the candidate that will take actions. Having someone that isn't a politician is a good thing! Politicians are the reason our country is in this mess in the first place.

He is sexist.

Similarly to many of the misconceptions about Trump, this is something that has been inferred from only a few instances. Many of these instances were blown out of proportion, and the women he was perceived to have “offended” have come out and said Donald Trump never actually offended them. The people who saw and heard what happened were the ones who were offended, but not the actual women involved.

Trump only cares about himself.

Donald Trump comes off very cocky and over-confidently, so I can totally understand why people would get this idea. However, there has been many times where he has personally gone out of his way to fly an ill child in his jet, or stopped his limo to stop a fight that he saw happening on the streets of New York. He also has done multiple fundraisers to benefit our American veterans.

Trump just wants more money.

Donald Trump is self-funding his own campaign. If he wanted more money, he would take big corporations’ donations to save his own money. Also, a lot of people don’t know that Donald Trump has said if he’s elected, he will not take a salary. He’s not running for the money, he’s running for the people.

As I said earlier, a lot of what people think about Donald Trump are from instances that are blown out of proportion. It's important to get the whole story about things, especially politics, before believing allegations. Though I consider myself fairly informed about politics, there is always more to learn. One thing is for sure, I love my country and I want a better future for it. Instead of worrying about how to stop Trump, we should focus on making a great future for ourselves and fixing the problems at hand.

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Ilhan Omar Is at Best Foolhardy and at Worst, Yes, Anti-Semitic

Her latest statements seem to lack substance, motivation, or direction.

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I find the case of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to be a curious one.

Specifically, I am referring to the recent controversy over select comments of hers that have generated accusations of anti-Semitism. In all honesty, prior to doing research for this article, I was prepared to come to her defense.

When her comments consisted primarily of "Israeli hypnosis" and monied interest, I thought her wording poor, though not too egregiously deviated from that of most politicians in the current climate of bad behavior. After all, Israeli PACs surely do have a monied interest in the orientation of United States policy in the Middle East. Besides, if President Trump can hypothesize about killing someone in broad daylight and receive no official sanction, I don't see the need for the House of Representatives to hand down reprimand to Rep. Omar for simply saying that Israel may have dealt wrongly, regardless of the veracity of that position.

And yet, seemingly discontent that she had not drawn enough ire, Omar continued firing. She questioned the purported dual loyalty of those Americans who support the state of Israel, while also making claim that the beloved former President Obama is actually not all that different from the reviled current President Trump.

In short, the initial (mostly) innocuous statements about the United States' relation with Israel have been supplanted by increasingly bizarre (and unnecessary) postulations.

Those latest two controversies I find most egregious. Questioning the loyalty of an American citizen for espousing support for a heavily persecuted world religion and in defense of a refuge for practitioners of that self-same religion that has existed as an independent state since 1948, seems, in really no uncertain terms, anti-Semitic.

After all, is it not her own party that so adamantly supports persecuted Palestinians in the very same region? Is it not she and fellow Muslim Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) (who is not without her own streak of anti-Semitic controversy) that have rejected challenges to their own loyalty in being ethnically Somali and Palestinian respectively? Is her claim not akin to the "racist" demands that Obama produce proof of his birth in the United States, and the more concrete racism that asserted he truly was not? And (if you care to reach back so far) can her statement not be equated to suggestions that President John F. Kennedy would be beholden to the Vatican as the first (and to date only) Catholic to hold the presidency?

From what I can discern amongst her commentary, in Omar's mind, the rules that apply to her framework on race, ethnicity, religion, and culture as sacred idols above reproach do not extend to her Jewish contemporaries.

Oh, and may I remind you that over 70% of Jewish Americans voted for Hilary Clinton in 2016.

And yet, beyond even this hypocrisy, is the strange disdain Omar suddenly seems to hold for Barack Obama. Even as a non-Democrat, while I can find reason for this, it is still largely perplexing.

To begin with, I recognize that Ilhan Omar is not your prototypical Democrat. She would scoff at being termed a moderate, and likely would do the same to being labeled a traditional liberal. While she doesn't identify as an outright democratic socialist, one would have to be totally clueless to avoid putting her in the company of those who do, such as Tlaib or Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

As such, she's bound to have some critical evaluations of President Obama, despite the lionizing that the Democratic establishment has and continues to engage in. Two points still stick out to me as obvious incongruities in her statement, however.

First, Obama and Trump are nothing alike. Again, this coming from someone who does not regularly support either, I can at least attempt to claim objectivity. While Obama might not have been faithful to all the demands of the far-left during his presidency, his position on the political spectrum was far from the extreme bent that Trump has ventured into.

Secondly, there is the style of the two men to consider. While Obama had his share of goofs and gaffes (I still think it somewhat juvenile that he often refused to say "radical Islamic terrorism" when referring to Islamist extremists) he pales in comparison to Trump. Every week Trump has his foot caught in a new bear trap. Obama is enormously tame in comparison.

And in addition to all of that, one must beg the question of Omar's timing. With Republicans emboldened by her controversies and House Democratic leadership attempting to soothe the masses, why would Omar strike out at what's largely a popular figure for those that support her most? There seemed no motivation for the commentary and no salient reasoning to back it up, save that Omar wanted to speak her mind.

Such tactlessness is something that'll get you politically killed.

I do not believe Barack Obama was a great president, but that's not entirely important. I don't live in Ilhan Omar's district; her constituents believe Obama was a great president, and that should at least factor into her considerations. Or maybe she did weigh the negative value of such backlash and decided it wouldn't matter? 2019 isn't an election year, after all. Yet, even if that's the case, what's to gain by pissing off your superiors when they're already pissed off at you?

You need to pick your battles wisely in order to win the war, and I'm highly doubtful Omar will win any wars by pitching scorched-earth tactics over such minute concerns.

Her attitude reminds me not only of that of some of her colleagues engaging obtusely and unwisely over subjects that could best be shrugged off (see the AOC media controversies), but also some of my own acquaintances. They believe not only in the myth of their own infallibility, but the opposition bogeyman conjured by their status in a minority or marginalized group. As the logic goes, "I'm a member of x group, and being so gives me the right to decimate anyone who has any inclination to stand against me in any capacity, tit for tat." So much for civility.

I initially came here to defend Rep. Ilhan Omar, and I still do hold to that in certain cases. The opposition to some of her positions is unwarranted. She is allotted the freedom of speech, as are all Americans.

And yet, in certain other cases she has conducted herself brashly, and, one could argue, anti-Semitically.

All I can say is that I am content living adjacent to Minneapolis, not in it. You'd be hard-pressed to find me advocating for leadership that makes manifest in such impolitic fashion.

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