“And although I might change my mind in the future, right now, I’m backing Trump.”
Those were my words in the video below which I shared on October 25, 2015. Once Donald Trump became the Republican Presidential nominee, this confession video led to appearances on Fox News Channel, a write-up in the Huffington Post, and an interview in OUT Magazine.
Well, guess what?
I’ve changed my mind, because Trump has changed.
I Do Not Support Trump for President
Last year, Donald Trump expressed views which were largely moderate and more aligned with libertarian philosophies. Trump supported progressive social views, small government, and sensible tax reforms. However, today, he’s not the same person I once publicly supported.
Pence as a Vice President
My reconsideration of Trump for President gained steam about a month ago. On July 15th, he tweeted confirmation that he’d chosen his Vice-Presidential candidate — Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Really, Trump!? As I noted in my “confession” video, Trump declared support for LGBT equality long before it was fashionable. Fast-forward to 2016, and this same person has now chosen one of the most bigoted conservative governors as his running mate? Mike Pence cost his state millions of dollars in tourism and at least 1,000 new well-paying jobs. Why? Because Governor Pence found it more important to discriminate against the LGBT community than to make Indiana a welcoming, prosperous state. Those are facts, not rhetoric.
Attacking Army Captain Khan
Trump’s string of horrible choices continued a few days later when he attacked the parents of Army Captain Humayan Khan. Capt. Khan gave his life for America. His parents suffered. Our country suffered. Frankly, I don’t care what they think about Trump or Hillary or anyone else. Just like all Americans, they have the privilege of freedom of speech. Yet, Donald Trump personalized their criticism of him so deeply, that Trump chose to punch back. He questioned their sacrifice. The ultimate sacrifice. Not that I expect the Khans to ever read this, but I would personally like to thank them for what they gave, for what their son gave, so that all of us can be free.
Accusing Obama of Founding ISIS
Let’s talk about our current President. Plenty of people don’t like him, but the Donald took his dislike of Obama a step further. Actually, Trump went so many steps across the line, I lost sight of where the line even is… Trump accused our President of founding ISIS. You know, the terrorists who enjoy beheading Americans on-camera. When a conservative radio host tried to redirect Trump, that idiot doubled-down, “No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS. I do. [Obama] was the most valuable player… He was the founder. His, the way he got out of Iraq was that.. that was the founding of ISIS, okay?” That sort of talk is so completely ignorant, I’ve begun to question Trump’s connection to reality and his understanding of the issues actually facing our country.
I could list plenty of other things which contributed to my decision to revoke my support of Trump, but I’ll leave it here. Any one of the three things I just cited are powerful enough on their own. At this point, you’re probably wondering who I now support for President. Great question. I’m still working through that, but I’d like to add that’s okay if you still support Trump — or Hillary — or joining the colonization of Mars. I won’t attack or criticize you for your political views. No one should.
Last year, this year, and every year of my adult life, I’ve only had one motivation for my politics: what’s best for our country. America is the world’s great democracy, the world’s leader, and the source of hope and dreams for millions. I just hope our next President can be as great as our great nation. And if not, there’s always Canada.