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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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Saying You "Don't Take Political Stances" IS A Political Stance

All you're doing by saying this is revealing your privilege to not care politically, and here's why that's a problem.

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I'm sure all of us know at least one person who refuses to engage in political discussions - sure, you can make the argument that there is a time and a place to bring up the political happenings of our world today, but you can't possibly ignore it all the time. You bring up the last ridiculous tweet our president sent or you try to discuss your feelings on the new reproductive regulation bills that are rising throughout the states, and they find any excuse to dip out as quickly as possible. They say I don't talk about politics, or I'm apolitical. Well everyone, I'm here to tell you why that's complete bullsh*t.

Many people don't have the luxury and privilege of ignoring the political climate and sitting complacent while terrible things happen in our country. So many issues remain a constant battle for so many, be it the systematic racism that persists in nearly every aspect of our society, the fact that Flint still doesn't have clean water, the thousands of children that have been killed due to gun violence, those drowning in debt from unreasonable medical bills, kids fighting for their rights as citizens while their families are deported and separated from them... you get the point. So many people have to fight every single day because they don't have any other choice. If you have the ability to say that you just don't want to have anything to do with politics, it's because you aren't affected by any failing systems. You have a privilege and it is important to recognize it.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "history will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people."

We recognize that bad people exist in this world, and we recognize that they bring forth the systems that fail so many people every single day, but what is even more important to recognize are the silent majority - the people who, by engaging in neutrality, enable and purvey the side of the oppressors by doing nothing for their brothers and sisters on the front lines.

Maybe we think being neutral and not causing conflict is supposed to be about peacekeeping and in some way benefits the political discussion if we don't try to argue. But if we don't call out those who purvey failing systems, even if it's our best friend who says something homophobic, even if it's our representatives who support bills like the abortion ban in Alabama, even if it's our president who denies the fact that climate change is killing our planet faster than we can hope to reverse it, do we not, in essence, by all accounts of technicality side with those pushing the issues forward? If we let our best friend get away with saying something homophobic, will he ever start to change his ways, or will he ever be forced to realize that what he's said isn't something that we can just brush aside? If we let our representatives get away with ratifying abortion bans, how far will the laws go until women have no safe and reasonable control over their own bodily decisions? If we let our president continue to deny climate change, will we not lose our ability to live on this planet by choosing to do nothing?

We cannot pander to people who think that being neutral in times of injustice is a reasonable stance to take. We cannot have sympathy for people who decide they don't want to care about the political climate we're in today. Your attempts at avoiding conflict only make the conflict worse - your silence in this aspect is deafening. You've given ammunition for the oppressors who take your silence and apathy and continue to carry forth their oppression. If you want to be a good person, you need to suck it up and take a stand, or else nothing is going to change. We need to raise the voices of those who struggle to be heard by giving them the support they need to succeed against the opposition.

With all this in mind, just remember for the next time someone tells you that they're apolitical: you know exactly which side they're on.

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