On Monday, October 3rd, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told a room full of veterans that people like me, combat veterans with PTSD aren’t able to handle the things we saw in combat. He said this like maybe I was viewing war through some television monitor and simply had to turn it off because I was too weak to witness wild dogs eating the dead, people trying to kill me with small arms or mortars, or maybe the people burning alive in cars or drowning in the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina. After all, if he can sit through American Sniper and think it’s the best thing Clint Eastwood’s done since talking to an empty chair on the GOP stage, than I can quit my whining about all my PTSD, right?
Trump is a fungus. He’s a village idiot actively drowning himself by yelling at the clouds for raining. I don’t care about these remarks. He so obviously has no clue what he’s talking about that it really doesn’t affect me, but if he becomes president, how he’ll try to dismantle the VA will very much affect me. How he’ll destroy our environment will affect me. The sideshow clowns he appoints to the Supreme Court will very much affect me. So in a way these last remarks have helped me come to a very difficult realization. We’ve all been shocked and appalled by something that leaked out of his spray-tanned gourd, but the truth is, we need to start looking past the freakshow to the future. I never thought I’d say this, but I am voting for Hillary Clinton.
We cannot allow any chance of Trump getting elected and then imploding under the weight of his own hubris as the leader of the Free World. This is why we can’t vote for a Third Party. This is hard to say because I know the two-party system is broken. I know all about Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and I believe she rigged the election against Bernie Sanders. I know how she stepped down from her position as DNC chair after being caught, and then worked for Hillary the next day. The fact that Tim Kaine being tapped for VP looks like Hillary paying him back for stepping down as the DNC chair to allow Wasserman-Schultz to rig this election pisses me off. All of it does, but too much is at stake here.
I get that people don’t trust Hillary or Bill Clinton. I don’t either. Even if I dismiss Whitewater, the death of Vince Foster, and Troopergate, even if I could ignore the sex scandal her husband caused as the sitting president, in the Oval Office, with an intern, even if I could accept the Benghazi investigation’s findings, even if I could chalk up her grossly negligent handling of top secret emails as being ignorant of new technologies and military etiquette, I still don’t want to vote for her. I say this as a man with two daughters who would love a woman president, a combat veteran who wants the best for his country, and a teacher who really cares for his students’ future.
I don’t trust Hillary Clinton, and she doesn’t get a free pass just because I can’t stomach Trump. I hate that I’m being pressured into voting for her. I hate that once she’s elected there is virtually nothing I can do if she changes her mind about TPP again, if she lets Wall Street money write policy, or if she is brought down by another scandal. What are we going to tell our daughters if the first woman ever elected president is impeached for being corrupt or incompetent? I don’t want it to happen, but I feel it’s a possibility.
All this said, a Trump president means a racist, misogynistic, incompetent, selfish buffoon who places money over all else in the White House. Who we elect as president is supposed to be the exact opposite of Trump. Our president should be the best of us, not the living embodiment of the worst parts of humanity. Here’s a list of just a few facts that show Trump’s character:
- He hired actors to cheer for him at his campaign launch during which he said Mexico is sending their rapists over our border.
- He said John McCain isn’t a war hero because he was captured and became a prisoner of war in a Vietnam torture camp.
- Megyn Kelly is a horrible reporter and unfair to him because she was menstruating.
- He gets his foreign policy from the Sunday news shows.
- He asks the country how stupid they are because some voted for another candidate.
- He tells the world he watched thousands of Muslims cheer with his own eyes as the Twin Towers fell.
- Trump mocks a disabled reporter for writing an unflattering article.
- He says he wants to ban an entire religion from immigrating into our country, known around the world as the Melting Pot.
- He not only incites violence against opposing voices at his rallies but then promises to pay the legal fees for people beat the them. And then doesn’t pay the legal fees when someone gets into legal trouble for doing what he asked.
- He questions the Pope’s faith and then declares that the Pope is disgraceful for questioning his faith.
I can keep going… for a very long time. In fact I will. Here are just a few more:
He doesn’t mind that David Duke is endorsing him. He tells a global audience there’s nothing wrong with his penis size at a debate. He says he knows about cyber attacks because his ten-year old son is great on computers. Don’t forget he’s being sued for fraud because of Trump University, hired the illegal immigrants his “wall” would keep out, refused to pay contractors, has gone bankrupt a number of times, says his daughter is sexy and he would date her, body shamed a former Miss Universe, has a shady relationship with Cuba and Russia, hasn’t paid a dime in taxes in almost twenty years, insulted Purple Heart recipients, and is under investigation for raping a thirteen year-old girl.
I’m not defending Hillary. I’m stating the facts about a psychotic megalomaniac who has the audacity to run for the highest office when he should be in jail. No one who truly believes in American values should even entertain the notion of voting for Donald Trump. No one who has the capacity for patriotism, empathy, decency, or any condition that makes us human should even think about voting for such a vile piece of human waste.
Does this make Hillary Clinton my favorite choice? Of course not, but it does make her my candidate. No one wants to live through at least four more years of corrupt politics, but he alternative would be disastrous for our communities, our country, and the world.
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For a first hand account of Sean’s experience in the Iraq war, please read The Breech.
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