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Manifesto Against Hate

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This was a paper written to my family (mother and sister) after they voted for trump in the 2016 elections. Our country is now in crisis due to non-voters and uneducated voters who live in their own realities, not the observable and scientifically factual reality. I was devastated to learn that my family was full of bigots and racists. I am still heartbroken that all of them refused to read this deeply meaningful paper. I am heartbroken that people who I once loved are so full of hate towards me. Imagine having to be an orphan based on your mother's problem with living in an alternate reality. Many of the facts presented in this paper are still holding true today, more than ever. With a global pandemic taking most of its toll on anti-science Americans, and as we inch closer to the dissolution of democracy, I wanted to highlight this paper once more. I have included definitions to words my own family does not know. Hopefully it will be an interesting journey through 2016 to 2020. Maybe you can present this to someone you love or maybe just take it in as a bit of scary, sad American "history".


Manifesto Against Hate

By: Aimee Cecelia Kathleen Minard

Composed and sent in November, 2016


There is no more room in the world for hate. I really hope you agree with me. I wanted to reassure you that I do not hate you, for I don’t have the strength left to hate you. We’ve been through a lot together but here is where I finally put my foot down and stand up for what’s actually right. I know you see me as an enemy who’s always trying to attack you, but what I’m “attacking” you with are facts and that’s what’s so uncomfortable for you. Ignorance is absolute bliss, but it’s unproductive, harmful and unsustainable. I have some very personal and very important things to say here, and if you ever loved me you will read this in its entirety.


Please hear me out as a patriotic, American citizen fighting for the rights of all residents of this great melting pot, regardless of their background. If this brief explanation of the facts does nothing for you, I will finally know for certain that you intentionally eschew reality and want to live with your head in the ground. Maybe as you read you’ll feel something new, something completely unfamiliar to you: empathy for those you’ve never met.


As you have probably guessed, I condemn the platform of xenophobia, racism, homophobia, and misogyny that you voted for in the 2016 elections. The following is a summary of facts from various reputable sources, a few of my own personal experiences, and some definitions of words and terms you might not know. Of course, I have provided proof for all of my claims in an extensive works cited page so you may fact check for yourself, if you care enough about the truth. You must confront reality and I’m going to try and help you do so- one. last. time. I believe that each one of my words is significant and the following essay requires a great amount of patience and careful attention, so, thank you.


On the Economy:

Trump told the American people that he was going to change Washington by taking down Wall Street. Donald Trump's choice for Treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin, is a Wall Street insider. After his bank pocketed billions in taxpayer dollars from the government bailout, Mnuchin moved on to make a fortune running another bank that aggressively foreclosed on families still reeling from the real estate crisis. This pick makes clear that Donald Trump wants to cater to the same Wall Street executives that have hurt middle-class working families time and again. Neither President Obama nor President George W. Bush had a single billionaire in their first Cabinets. Seven of Trump’s picks are worth a combined $11 billion (Goldman, 2016). These people do not want to help you, the middle class. They want to give themselves even more tax breaks while putting the burden of running the country on poor middle-class workers’ shoulders.


In the event that the U.S. economy crashed, Donald Trump has proposed a recovery plan based on his own (extensive) experience with corporate bankruptcy: Pay America's creditors less than full value on the U.S. Treasuries they hold. "I would borrow, knowing that if the economy crashed, you could make a deal," Trump told CNBC. The government's unfailing payments of its debt have long pleased investors and supported the economy because the country can borrow at lower rates than it otherwise could. "It seems Trump is planning to try to run the country like one of his failed business ventures, and that does not bode well," said Megan Greene, chief economist at Manulife. (Boak, 2016)


Trump is rich because he was born rich—and without his father repeatedly bailing him out, he would have likely filed for personal bankruptcy before he was 35 (Eichenwald, 2016). He failed countless business ventures after dropping out of film school (Eichenwald, 2016). These are Trump’s failed business ventures (the list screams narcissism): Trump Steaks, GoTrump.com, Trump Airlines, Trump Vodka, Trump Mortgage, Trump: The Game, Trump Magazine, Trump University, Trump Ice, The New Jersey Generals, Tour de Trump, Trump on the Ocean, The Trump Network, Trumped! Talk Radio, and Trump New Media. (Feinberg, 2016).


A report released by Moody’s Analytics forecasts the consequences of several of Trump’s major economic policy proposals. Taken at face value, Trump’s policies would push the United States into a two-year recession, which would be the longest downturn since the Great Depression. By 2021, if Congress were to give Trump almost everything on his wish list, the U.S. economy would be 6.5 percent smaller than it would have been under current policies, Moody’s estimates. It would also have 9.4 million fewer jobs (Zandi, 2016).

Regarding Obamacare:

The Affordable Care Act is Obamacare. Repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement means up to 30 million people would lose insurance. 30 Million. It is without a doubt that some of those people will die. According to a 2014 study, Obamacare likely prevented an estimated 50,000 patient deaths from 2010 to 2013 (Kessler, 2015). The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimated that 20.0 million adults (aged 18–64) gained healthcare coverage via ACA as of February 2016, a 2.4 million increase over September 2015. Overall, about 10 million Americans who had no insurance in 2013 signed up for it in 2014, according to the Enroll America/Civis Analytics data model. The groups estimate that the national uninsured rate for adults under 65 fell to 11 percent from 16 percent because of the federal Medicare program, which provides universal coverage to Americans over 65 who meet certain basic requirements, more than 98 percent of that group has health insurance (Quealy and Sanger-katz, 2014).


Despite many Republican voters’ disdain for the Affordable Care Act, parts of the country that lean the most heavily Republican (according to 2012 presidential election results) showed significantly more insurance gains than places where voters lean strongly Democratic. This means that more rural, white, poor, Republican Americans are beneficiaries of Obamacare than any other group (Quealy and Sanger-katz, 2014). Republicans rely most heavily on the ACA because most are poor and uneducated which leaves them with few options for affordable healthcare. Medicare, and Medicaid are part of the Affordable Healthcare Act and without Medicare your father, my grandfather, would likely not be alive today because you wouldn’t be able to pay for hospitalization, medication, and doctor visits. The Affordable Care Act enables Medicare coverage to be protected, and saves patients 60% on brand-name drugs. The health care law ensures the protection of Medicare for years to come. If Republicans don’t destroy the ACA, the life of the Medicare Trust fund will be extended to at least 2029. But Republicans in Congress aim to gut and repeal the ACA which would hurt 30 million Americans.


If Republicans decide to repeal Obamacare, you and many other low-income Americans have to employ private insurance companies with high premiums and copays, live without insurance, get sick, or die. People with serious illnesses or pre-existing conditions will not be accepted on most private insurance plans, they’ll simply have to pay out of pocket for all medical care, get sick, or die. People with cancer relying on Medicaid or Medicare to pay for their chemotherapy will likely die and Republicans in Congress couldn’t care less. Keep in mind that government services like health care are especially important for low-income families who are disproportionately disenfranchised people of color consistently held back from acquiring high-paying jobs due to systemic, institutional racism.


  • Definition: Disenfranchised is to deprive (someone) of the right to vote.: "the law disenfranchised some 3,000 voters on the basis of a residence qualification".

  • Definition: Institutional racism (also known as institutionalised racism) is a form of racism expressed in the practice of social and political institutions. Institutional racism is also racism by individuals or informal social groups, governed by behavioral norms that support racist thinking and foment active racism.

  • Definition: Misogyny is dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women.

  • Definition: Microaggression is a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority.


Trump’s Misogyny:

I was raped in 2006 by an overly privileged, insecure white male with a superiority complex who was mentally weak like Trump and other men you know. Let me say that again: I am a rape victim. It cuts me like a dull, hot knife when my own family objectifies and disrespects women and their rights on a daily basis thus promoting and participating in rape culture. I’ve witnessed your neighbor and husband calling their exes “bitches” for wanting (and deserving) child support. That’s aggression towards women and it’s a direct form of discrimination. As another example I’ve had to sit through multiple chilling conversations between my grandfather and your husband about how ugly women are worthless and “sexy” women are valuable. These comments are microaggression “patches” on a huge quilt of national and worldwide misogyny. I could go into the statistics of popular gang rape videos in India for another instance of worldwide misogyny, but I’ll spare you the details. This must stop. The most privileged members of the female community must lead the fight, and that’s you.


You have saddened me deeply by supporting a political demagogue who seethes with hatred for women. You are supporting rape culture by not shaming this reprehensible behavior, and by voting for a vile man who calls women “pigs, slobs, and dogs” everyday. You have a duty to your daughters and fellow women to stand up for what’s right all the time, not just when it’s convenient for you. Consider those less privileged than yourself with less status and wealth and what your inaction does on a large-scale. Just because you are privileged enough not to feel the effects of these hurtful comments doesn’t mean someone close to you hasn’t suffered greatly, and yet still not as greatly as the most disadvantaged women in the country and the world. 


Here in the United States there is a reported rape every 6.2 minutes, and one in five women will be raped in her lifetime (Solnit, 2015). Most of the rape perpetrators never even get so much as a slap on the wrist. So, just because you don’t see a rape occurring daily doesn’t mean it’s not happening and not being caused by deplorable comments you approve of such as those below. These were stated by your elected official:


  • "Can you imagine that, the face of our next next president?" Trump continued. "I mean, she's a woman, and I'm not s'posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?" (Cohen, 2016)

  • "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes," Trump told CNN's Don Lemon. "Blood coming out of her wherever." (Yan, 2015).

  • “I have a deal with her. She’s 17 and doing great ― Ivanka. She made me promise, swear to her that I would never date a girl younger than her,” Trump said. “So as she grows older, the field is getting very limited.” …. “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.” (One of his many incestuous comments).

  • “You have to treat 'em like shit” -Trump (Cohen, 2016)

  • {Trump: Yeah, that’s her. With the gold. I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Bush: Whatever you want. Trump: “Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.” Bush: Uh, yeah, those legs, all I can see is the legs.}

  • The list goes on and on, now he says this kind of rhetoric to and about female leaders in other countries.


You might be able to unhear these statements and forget about them, but I’m not the kind of person who can forgive and forget sexual assault. Grabbing a woman by her genitals without her explicit permission is sexual assault and it is inexcusable. You raised me better than to turn a blind eye to any kind of assault. You walked past your own daughter getting raped in the street and you did nothing to stop it, that’s how it feels to me. Is that how you wish for me to feel? You said “O.K.” to all of those comments by voting for Trump. You legitimized some young man’s fantasy to rape someone and one day he will grow up and do just that with the permission of you, Trump, and every one of his supporters. You’re normalizing rape culture. Assaults against women have increased since the election.


  • Definition: a Demagogue is a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument.

  • Definition: a Bigot is a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions, synonymous with chauvinist, partisan, sectarian, racist, sexist, homophobe, dogmatist, jingoist

  • Definition: Jingoism is extreme patriotism, especially in the form of aggressive or warlike foreign policy.

  • Definition: Fascism is an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization or extremely right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice.

  • Definition: Xenophobia is intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries. “You are Xenophobic since you hate immigrants.”


Trump’s Xenophobia:

When voting for Trump, you agreed with his behavior and policies. He has openly spewed hate speech against Muslims and Hispanics, and promises to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants. But non-citizen Hispanics alone make up 5% of the population which would be equivalent to millions of people deported- costing taxpayers hundreds each.


“They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists.” -Trump

Trump plans to create an illegal Muslim registry and ban all Muslims from the country. As a mother, how would you feel if you needed to save your children from war, famine or disease but Christians were banned from entering the country most able to help you and your children live? You could say, “Oh, I’m not Christian” but they wouldn’t care because you’re white- therefore you must Christian. Now, you’re so discriminated against that many other countries don’t want to help you, or your children. I ask you this: if you lived in a war-torn country and your children had a chance at a much better life somewhere else, would you go even if you were hated for no reason? Yes, I believe you would.


  • Definition: Racism is the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.

  • Definition: Fear-Mongering is the action of deliberately arousing public fear or alarm about a particular issue.


Trump may not himself be a racist (yes he is, we now know in 2020 that he is 100% a racist), and Trump voters may not believe they themselves are bigoted (flash forward to 2020, yes they know and they don't care and are proud of being bigots). Trump used lies, racism, misogyny, xenophobia and Islamophobia to sway voters. Trump is a fear-monger for his own personal gain.


Jeff Sessions (evil), Trump’s new attorney general labeled the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) “un-American” and “Communist-inspired.” Sessions said he thought the KKK was O.K. until he found out members smoked pot. If you approve of Trump and his decisions, you are O.K. with a man who is O.K. with the KKK, the most hate-filled malicious, disgraceful and embarrassing scar on the face of America.


Steve Bannon, he of alt-right publication Breitbart News is thus far the only political outsider appointed. The decision to make Bannon chief White House strategist evoked celebration from neo-Nazi groups, white nationalists, anti-Semitic people and the KKK. David Duke called the appointment “excellent.” (David Duke is the former head of the KKK). By voting for Trump, you agreed with his behavior and ideologies.


  • Definition: Homophobia is the dislike or prejudice against homosexual people.

Now, in 2020, we have factual evidence that trump and his administration has actually been locking immigrant children in cages since he was elected. This is on YOU if you voted for this. Locking children in cages is inherently evil, making you evil as well.


Homophobia:

The presidential cabinet is what’s most influential on the policies and decisions made in the white house, not the president. This is why it’s extremely important to examine the values of these individuals and how they’ll affect the general population. 51.8% of Trump’s partisans support a hypothetical constitutional amendment that would allow states to ban gay marriage. Pence has tried multiple times to strip the LGBTQ community of all their basic human rights. Pence said gay couples signaled ‘societal collapse,’ He opposed a law that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace (Drabold, 2016). President-elect Donald Trump’s defense secretary nominee, retired Gen. James Mattis (guilty of war-crimes), has been very clear in recent years that he’s not pleased that the military accepts women in combat and openly gay service members, claiming that women and LGBTQ soldiers harm the military (McAuliff, 2017). Ben Carson, Trump’s pick for Secretary of Housing & Urban Development compares gay people to pedophiles and those who engage in bestiality (Ford, 2016). The list of homophobic cabinet picks goes on and on.


LGBTQ justice is tightly bound to women’s rights and the right to affordable reproductive health services at clinics such as Planned Parenthood. Trump would like to punish you, financially through fines and/or physically through jail time, for having had an abortion. During a March 30, 2016 town hall meeting in Green Bay, Donald Trump stated that women should be punished for having an abortion. Since you’ve had an abortion, you’re supporting ideologies that would have you put behind bars for making decisions about your own body. Republicans in congress have been threatening to defund Planned Parenthood for a long time but will not succeed for economic reasons. Access to free or low-cost birth control saves the U.S. government $17 billion per year and saves more than $7 for every dollar it spends on family planning (Frost, 2014).


Abortions will not stop happening if they’re made illegal, they will just become extremely dangerous. Men do not get to place sanctions on women for making decisions about their reproductive organs. People like me are out there ensuring that we (meaning you, too) never go back to that time in history ever again. We are out here fighting for your rights that you constantly undermine and fail to see value in. Nearly half of all white women in America voted for a fascist leader who wants to have full access and control to their bodies and make sure they never reach their full potential as autonomous human beings. How do these women think they acquired their rights in the first place, and why do they have amnesia about the history of struggle and oppression their great grandmothers endured? They are blinded by their privilege, that’s why. You are blinded by your white, middle-class privilege.


  • Definition: White Privilege is a term for societal privileges that benefit people identified as white in Western countries, beyond what is commonly experienced by non-white people under the same social, political, or economic circumstances.

  • Definition: Ableism (also known as ableism, disablism, disability discrimination, and handicapism) is discrimination and social prejudice against people with disabilities. (Discrimination faced by those who have or are perceived to have a mental disorder is sometimes called mentalism rather than ableism.)


Ableism:

Now the poor guy, you ought to see this guy,” Mr. Trump said, before jerking his arms around and holding his right hand at an angle. “ ‘Ah, I don’t know what I said! I don’t remember!’ ” Trump was mocking a disabled reporter, Serge Kovalski. Mr. Kovaleski, covered Trump extensively while he was a reporter at The Daily News and he has arthrogryposis, which limits the functioning of his joints. Before a crowd gathered at a Myrtle Beach convention center in late November 2015, the candidate hoisted one hand up, flailed his arms and mocked Kovaleski who has a physical disability that almost precisely mirrors Trump’s movements that evening (Spayd, 2017). If you do your research into the candidates you elect to government office, as you should, that means you’re fine with the mocking of the disabled, which makes you an ableist. I personally believe it’s 100% wrong to mock someone who has less privilege than you, and little to no power to defend themselves. I cannot forget this bitter callousness, and I hope you can’t either.



Fake News:

During the last three months of the presidential campaign, the 20 top fake news stories on Facebook generated more engagement — shares, likes and comments — than the 20 top stories from real news websites! (The Editorial Board, NYT 2016). These hoaxes are not just bouncing around among like-minded conspiracy theorists; candidates and elected officials are sharing them, too. A man who wrote a number of false news reports told the Washington Post that Trump supporters and campaign officials often shared his false anti-Clinton posts without bothering to confirm the facts, and that he believes his work helped elect the Republican nominee. (The Editorial Board, NYT 2016).


Mark Zuckerburg, the creator of Facebook, says that Facebook exploded with fake news stories right before the election, and it’s now requiring that fake stories be labeled or run through fact checkers. At the moment, he's saying they’re going to change the algorithms and figure out ways to flag things more readily, “we're going to go with outside outfits that fact-check stories, perhaps like Snopes or PolitiFact or others, and also to strip out the economic incentive for companies that have popped up to do so”. There's a revenue-sharing program for content that proves to be viral because fake stories get the most clicks, and someone makes money off of each click from the ads. Google and Facebook have said they're going to push a fake news sites out. They don't want to reward them for deceiving people for money (Wertheimer, 2016).


Breitbart is the far-right website that was formerly run by chief Trump strategist and white nationalist Steve Bannon. In addition to climate denial, Bannon has said the site is "the platform for the alt-right," a movement that is closely tied to white nationalism. Breitbart is the most horrifying and hateful “news” site in existence today. Breitbart has repeatedly posted that women should not be allowed to become scientists because they are weak-minded and fragile.


Anti-Science:

Scientists are seekers of the truth, period. The vast majority of climate scientists agree that Earth is warming as a result of a human-induced, runaway, greenhouse effect caused by the rapid release of stores of carbon that the Earth took millions of years to bury. Since the industrial revolution these stores of carbon have been released back into the atmosphere and a staggeringly rapid rate.


Gases like carbon dioxide that trap heat in the atmosphere are called greenhouse gases. Carbon dioxide enters the atmosphere through burning fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and oil), solid waste, trees and wood products, and also as a result of certain chemical reactions (e.g., manufacture of cement). Carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere (or "sequestered") when it is absorbed by plants as part of the biological carbon cycle (Source: EPA). The carbon cycle is extremely delicate and if it becomes imbalanced, the planet can become too hot or too cold to harbor life. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency along with all accredited scientists, The Earth's climate is changing. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events – like heavy rainstorms and record high temperatures – are already happening. Many of these observed changes are linked to the rising levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, caused by human activities.


Extreme weather events are tragic for everyone, but especially for poor communities. Overwhelmingly, people of color are forced to live in areas that aren’t cared for by governmental agencies and this is referred to as ecological inequality. Ecological inequality or injustice is any imbalance or disparity among inhabitants of the same living environment deemed inappropriate, unjust or detrimental to that environment's integrity. (Source: TOE / RHW) People of lower economic status have a much harder time recovering from extreme weather because they usually can’t afford to move out of harm’s way, rebuild their homes, repair damage, or replace lost belongings. Droughts, flooding, fires, and hurricanes are among the predicted disasters awaiting us in the future because of climate change. Melting of the Arctic sea ice is causing ocean levels to rise by inches, flooding islands and coastal areas. Glacial melt is reducing the Earth’s reflectivity, allowing the surface to absorb much of the sun’s heat. Droughts will make access to fresh fruit and vegetables a luxury for the rich and an impossibility for the poor.


Threats towards climate scientists have already begun and Congress is spreading misinformation and lies. Trump has claimed that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese government which is a blatant lie. The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) has used his position as chairman of the committee to harass scientists through congressional investigations (Mandelbaum, 2016). Smith decided to use the committee Twitter account to promote an article from Breitbart News titled "Global Temperatures Plunge. Icy Silence from Climate Alarmists." Our house of representatives is run by climate change deniers, none of whom even know any legitimate scientists. This is dangerous because the people making decisions about our environment are the people least likely to know anything about environmental science. You are supporting an anti-science agenda. I take that very personally as a scientist who wants to continue having a job, breathing clean air, drinking clean water, and eating fresh fruits and vegetables. I don’t want a death threat from an “alt-right” extremist tomorrow just for believing in scientific fact.


Trump’s reported Secretary of State frontrunner and ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson is very close to Vladimir Putin, and wants to drill for oil in the Arctic. In 2011, he negotiated a multibillion-dollar deal between Exxon Mobil and Rosneft, the Russian state oil giant cobbled out of Khodorkovsky’s seized empire and run by Putin's former KGB buddy, Igor Sechin. The deal would have allowed Exxon access to the Russian Arctic shelf—which, according to U.S. government estimates, is thought to contain some 22 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas deposits—in exchange for helping Rosneft, which didn’t have the technological capabilities, drill for the oil (Ioffe, 2016).


Gun Violence Statistics:

More guns do not make the United States safer. Guns make 0% of people safer and are all designed for only one purpose: killing.


In 2015, toddlers were responsible for the deaths of more Americans than foreign terrorists (LaCapria, 2015).


In 2015, there were 58 shootings committed by toddlers, or more than one every week. Since Jan. 1, 2016, there have been 51 shootings involving toddlers in the United States. By this date last year, there had been 47 toddler-involved shootings. In the majority of last year's cases, the child picked up a gun and shot himself or herself. (The overwhelming majority of toddler shooters are male.) In 16 of the 39 self-shooting incidents, the child's injuries proved fatal (Ingraham, 2016). Gun violence, recorded deaths, and gun ownership have increased exponentially under trump since his election.


According to Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, Homicide Trends in the U.S.: Intimate Homicide (July 2007): Guns increase the probability of death in incidents of domestic violence. Firearms were used to kill more than two-thirds of spouse and ex-spouse homicide victims between 1990 and 2005. Abused women are five times more likely to be killed by their abuser if the abuser owns a firearm.


Mass shootings and gun ownership rates are highly correlated. The higher the gun ownership rate, the more a country is susceptible to experiencing mass shooting incidents. This association remains high even when the number of incidents from the United States is withdrawn from the analysis (Lemieux, 2015). There is no procedure in place to check if a person who wants to buy a gun has a history of violence.


*THESE NUMBERS ARE DRASTICALLY HIGHER NOW IN 2020! THESE ARE VERY LOW ESTIMATES!*




Popular Vote:

Clinton outpaced President-elect Donald Trump by almost 2.9 million votes, with 65,844,954 (48.2%) to his 62,979,879 (46.1%), according to revised and certified final election results (Krieg, 2016). According to another study conducted by the Pew Research Center says that Clinton won 65.8 million votes (48.25%) to almost 63 million (46.15%) for Trump, with minor-party and independent candidates taking the rest. For only the fifth time in U.S. history, and the second time this century, a presidential candidate has won the White House while losing the popular vote and will have the lowest approval rating entering the presidency (DeSilver,2016). Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 3 million, she is who the people elected. Unfortunately, the electoral college system fails democracy because two electorates per state is extremely disproportionate when you consider each state gets only two votes but most people live in only a handful of states. This means the states with the least amount of people have the same number of “big” voters as the states with the highest concentration of people.


Democracy means absolutely nothing if the majority of people don’t get their candidate elected. There is a serious problem with the system, even Trump has agreed that the electoral college is undemocratic (before he won because of it). More Americans voted for Hillary Clinton than any other losing presidential candidate in US history, and she got more votes than Obama did in 2008. The fact that the two electorates in each state have more power than the rest of the state is an abomination. This mismatch between the electoral and popular votes came about because Trump won several large states (such as Florida, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin) by very narrow margins, gaining all their electoral votes in the process, even as Clinton claimed other large states (such as California, Illinois and New York) by much wider margins. Trump’s share of the popular vote, in fact, was the seventh-smallest winning percentage since 1828, when presidential campaigns began to resemble those of today (DeSilver, 2016).


I am not saying Clinton is the best person in the world, she is just our best and most qualified candidate to lead this country. Contrary to Republican beliefs the FBI concluded Clinton did absolutely nothing controversial prior to the election, but nobody listened. To warrant a criminal charge, FBI director Mr. James Comey said, there had to be evidence that Mrs. Clinton intentionally transmitted or willfully mishandled classified information. The F.B.I. found neither, and as a result, he said, “our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.” (Landler, 2016). Before the election, Russia helped stoke people’s fear about Clinton leaking classified information that she did not in fact leak, as an intentional ploy to help Trump win. By the time the FBI had investigated and found Clinton not guilty, people’s fears and prejudices had already made the decision to leave logic and reason in the garbage.


Remember:

You are responsible for and complicit in everything this narcissistic, self-serving, authoritarian, willfully ignorant demagogue does. Yes, your motives in voting for Trump may have been beyond reproach, but, nevertheless, you are complicit. Now, you must chose: trumpism or your daughter. I know that I am on the correct side of this debate, otherwise I wouldn’t have to be explaining to you why it’s important to care for other human beings. Please do what’s right and fight for the rights of all Americans, not just the wealthy and white. The only way to escape being used as a pawn by someone is through education. Education enables you to see the oppressed and the oppressors. You cannot figure this out yourself. You cannot teach yourself. You need to accept that you do not know everything. Get an education. I say this as a lower-class poor white educated person.


The existence of trumpisim is white backlash due to all the progress Americans have made because educated black and brown people are less oppressed than they used to be and are pushing for societal change. Elite whites are USING you poor whites as little pawns in a large scale system of designed, engineered oppression. Poor whites are too dumb to notice that they are being used, they only know they should hate rich people but don't know why. All of the progress we've made in this country towards becoming a more equitable, fair, and just democracy is because of the bravery of progressive black and brown protestors and advocates. These individuals also fight for the rights of you poor whites but you're only able to hate them because that's what elites have trained you to do. Rich white elites like Mich McConnell want to keep minorities oppressed and they see you as a way to do that. You are just a sad, miserable pawn. Fight back against these conservative white elites.



Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire





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