Dear Donald Trump Supporters,
I don’t believe you should vote for Donald Trump for President of the United States. If after reading my letter, you still decide to campaign and vote for him, I will respect your decision and constitutional right to free speech. I’m writing this letter because I care about our country, as I know you do, and I’m hopeful you may consider an alternate point of view.
Many people have underestimated and mischaracterized people who support Donald Trump. I get it. People are unemployed, loathe illegal immigration, fear terrorism, detest corrupt Washington politics, and despise the ratings-driven, lowbrow media. I understand. But, I don’t believe Donald Trump is the person who can solve these problems.
I recognize our choice is not between George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in this election. Our country deserves better leadership. I am not a fan of either leading candidate. It is a choice between the lesser of two flawed candidates. Our government might better represent its people if the halls of Congress were filled with elected carpenters, firefighters, coal miners, school teachers, auto mechanics, nurses, and single moms who better understand the problems Americans face and don’t go to Washington to get rich and famous and abuse their power to further their own self-interests. But Donald Trump has been no better than the Washington insiders he bemoans. A salient argument could be made that he is worse. This isn’t someone who has been volunteering for Doctors Without Borders.
I know Donald Trump may remind you of Ronald Reagan. He is an actor and looks presidential. He is tall, white, and American. He has a one syllable last name. But he is not Ronald Reagan. Reagan had knowledge of the issues and the process and worked in politics for 20 years before he served as a Governor for eight years. Reagan would disapprove of Trump’s divisive language and misconduct. I understand Republicans long for another Reagan. Trump is not Reagan.
Here are five reasons I believe you should reconsider your position.
1. Donald Trump sets a bad example for children. Whether berating people who disagree with him, resorting to name-calling, defending the size of his genitals, incessantly boasting about his personal accomplishments as opposed to seriously addressing the diverse set of problems Americans face, his demeanor and values are no better than the politicians you abhor. Politifact, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that fact-checks politicians, has rated 77% of Donald Trump’s statements mostly false, false, or pants on fire false. The belief that he tells the truth isn’t supported by the facts. This is not somebody children can admire or emulate.
2. Donald Trump promotes stereotypes and discrimination. Placing entire groups of people into one category inflames tensions and hatred, demoralizes populations, and has the potential to exacerbate terrorism and domestic unrest. His conduct is irresponsible and harms our relationships at home and throughout the world. It’s too late to shake the Etch A Sketch.
3. Donald Trump’s temper puts our safety at risk. Trump suffers from narcissism. Hopefully, even his most ardent supporters recognize it. As a result, he takes everything personally and goes to great lengths to defend his ego. His condition makes him unfit to be responsible for the well-being of 320 million people. Foreign dictators and terrorists will not take his illness into consideration when they strike. We also can’t trust his ability to restrain himself given his penchant for flying off the handle over trivial issues such as the size of his hands.
4. Donald Trump’s environmental policy threatens the planet. When asked about the environment, Trump stated “we can leave a little bit.” It is a shocking admission with the potential for devastating and irreversible consequences to the planet. His call to deregulate billion dollar corporations that will wreak havoc on our oceans, lakes, air, and water supply in addition to our precious wildlife and marine life should alarm every American citizen.
5. Donald Trump lacks basic knowledge of the issues. A president must be capable of doing more than choosing good people to do his job. If that’s his plan, what purpose will he serve? Why don’t we simply elect Carl Icahn instead? Will his ego really allow others to make decisions? Trump has no policy track record. He has made many of the same underhanded decisions as Washington politicians — admitting to donating money to curry favor, putting his name on buildings he doesn’t own to profit, and taking shortcuts with the tax and bankruptcy laws to benefit himself and cheat the American taxpayer. Did he buck trends and decide to make his products in the U.S. and employ Americans? No. He followed the companies he criticizes and shipped jobs overseas. What is he most known for the past few years? Asking for President Obama’s birth certificate years after the Republican party gave up on the issue. Does that seem like a leader focused on what matters most to you? Or someone who is unbalanced and obsessed with petty politics?
For these reasons and many more, I submit that Donald Trump is unfit to be President of the United States and would be a disaster for our country. I encourage you to think critically about your vote. This is not a mistake our country can afford to make.
Regardless of your decision and even though we may have political differences, we’re fellow Americans. I hope we can elevate the discourse, stay focused on discussing the issues, and not resort to personal attacks or violence that devalue our democracy. In an age where apathy reigns, I applaud you for participating in the process. I hope my letter resonates with you and causes you to rethink your position.