OPINION: Stop mistreating Donald Trump supporters


By Marco Verch (Trump supporters in front of Trump Tower) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons via Wikimedia Commons

Kaitlin Korgeski , Community Staff Writer

Discussing politics never seems to go well if brought up with most groups of people. Could it be because of a lack of listening, uninformed minds, stubborn ignorance, not caring to understand or all of the above?

No matter the reason, the fact that no one can seem to voice their political views without backlash is frightening. Whether on social media or face-to-face, someone always has something negative to say to start a political argument.

I am sick and tired of people treating me differently based solely on the fact that I voted for now President-elect Donald Trump. I am sick and tired of people being attacked for voting for Trump. I am sick and tired of opening social media and being called a horrible person because I voted for Trump.

Even Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said horrible things about Trump supporters.

According to Clinton, “You can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it.” 
I have news for Clinton and all those who agree with her. I am not racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, deplorable or non-American. This I can promise.

No one has the right to attack another person for any reason. Stop the judging, name calling, hitting each other, cyberbullying and protests. We are adults who should start acting like it.

It is unbelievably childish for someone to hide behind a computer screen and tell people on social media to unfriend them, which has been happening to me. Stop and think about where someone may be coming from with their political views because people make political decisions based on what they have personally experienced.

We already know that agreement is difficult. Why can’t we accept that? Arguing with someone in the hopes to change their mind about a candidate or political position will not work. Arguing only wastes time.

I want to make this loud and clear: I will always be open about whom I voted for. No one will ever make me feel bad about it.

I am proud that Donald Trump is the first person I’ve ever voted for.

While I do not always agree with Trump or defend him on all topics, especially his comments toward women. I believe that ultimately, he understands how people like myself are feeling and will work on fixing major issues facing this country. He is by far a better candidate for president than Clinton ever was.

It is time for a Republican to take office who is not afraid to speak his mind, get things done and knows what truly is best for America.

As American citizens, we need to come together. We need to start listening to each other, educating ourselves, acting nicer toward everyone and understanding others’ points of view. We need to accept that Trump is going to be our 45th president and wish him success, and hope he does his very best for our country in the next four years. This is the only way America will ever be great again.

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