Feel free to comment your responses to the questions I asked down below (:
I decided to ask a couple of people at my school their opinions on the recent election. What I asked is quoted, and the two responses are differentiated by color.
“Was this your first time voting?”
Yes, it was.
“Have you voted before?”
“Why didn’t you vote?”
Oh, God. That’s such a heavy question. I didn’t vote because I don’t like the way that I see how things play out. I don’t believe in supporting something [or someone] that I’m not 100% sure of; and so if I casted a vote I’d feel like it was just fake, and so by casting a vote I feel like it was just fake and wouldn’t be true to my character and my beliefs and my morals.
“How was your overall voting experience?”
It was great. My university paid for buses to take us to the polling site and to bring us back to campus when we were done. It took me about 15 to 20 minutes.
“What was your initial reaction/initial thoughts when you first heard the of the new President-elect?”
I was actually up late at night watching the numbers and kind of freaking out because it looked like Donald Trump was going to become our president and then it became more clear that there weren’t many options for Hillary. And so once she lost a couple of states that I thought would have been… I guess… really important for her to win the overall election, I kind of knew [that Trump would win], but I just hoped that things would turn around in the morning, so I went to bed. I didn’t stay up to find out [who won]. When I woke up in the morning the first thing I did was open my laptop and ask Google who is President-elect and of course it was Donald Trump. I was heart broken. I couldn’t cry. I couldn’t allow myself to feel too sad, but I did feel really bad that there is going to be a racist in the White House.
I wasn’t shocked at all, actually. I think I was more so shocked in the preliminary rounds, so that when [I found out] he will become president it didn’t shock me as much because I realized back then how crazy and how ridiculous people can actually be.
“You said that there is going to be a racist in the White House. How do you feel about his supporters? Do you think they’re all racists?”
Actually, I do think all of his supporters are racists. I think his supporters fall in two categories. You have ones who just voted for Trump because they liked his rhetoric. They believed in it; like the KKK who actually supported it and endorsed him. (a/n: who Trump previously denied that he gets support from.) Then you have people who just don’t care – and that makes you racist, because you are able to not care. It doesn’t effect you that people are afraid of deportation and internment camps. So you can vote for him, because it’s not going to impact your life – which makes you racist [by default].
“I’m going to read a few statements from Trump’s 100 Day plan, and I want you to respond with the first thing that comes to your mind.”
“One of his points that was written in his 100 Day plan was to ‘lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward.’”
Well, Donald Trump is a corporate capitalist, and although he’s convinced many of this supporters that he’s anti-establishment, he’s still a 1-percenter – he’s still a part of the establishment – and so that doesn’t surprise me that he would disregard the health of not just our nation, but, eventually, the world… just for money.
I feel really unprepared for this question because I don’t really know much about it. From what I’m getting from it I feel like it possibly might cause problems, just because it [the roadblocks] was put there for a reason.
“He also put in his plan that he would like to cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary cities.”
*sigh* That one really hits home because I’m a product of immigrants – I’m a first-generation American. It’s really sad hearing about people getting deported and sent home. I don’t know where I stand on immigration laws, because I don’t know what would be the best way to ensure that we are protecting our borders, because we have to [protect our borders]. Every nation has to have borders. That’s just the way things work, but I don’t want families to be separated and destroyed.
I think it’s stupid. I don’t think that should be something that he should have the power to do. If the whole plan is to “Make America Great Again” he should make it [great] as a whole. You can’t cut out certain cities because you don’t like what they do. I think that’s dividing people instead of bringing people together, which is supposed to be his job. You’re supposed to make each other work in unison, and by cutting certain people off… that doesn’t really sound like unity to me. That’s like going and having four daughters or whatever and being like, “I don’t like this daughter’s job because she’s a stripper, or something like that, so I’m not going to put her in the will.” That’s not bringing people [together]. That’s going to divide people.
“Trump stated that he wanted to ‘End The Offshoring Act. Establishes tariffs to discourage companies from laying off their workers in order to relocate in other countries and ship their products back to the U.S. tax-free.’”
I think that sounds like a great plan. I hope it’s successful. I actually would love to see him do the same things with his products [and businesses] and offer jobs to Americans instead of outsourcing. Let’s see what happens with that.
That’s actually not really a bad point. I say that because that’s something that kind of started happening under Clinton’s administration and it kind of turned into a problem because people started losing jobs. I feel like him trying to go backwards in that, though, might be a problem in the fact that the people that own the companies – which are people with money – are going to have issues, and they’re going to raise hell, and it’s going to be a problem. Although that might be his goal, I don’t think that a lot of other Republicans would agree with that, because they would prefer to keep money into people’s pockets, rich people’s pockets.
“Are there any other remarks you would like to make?”
God bless America. *laughs* Because we need Jesus.
Can I say anything? F*ck Donald Trump. [a/n: I do not condone cursing. This is a direct quote.]