Opinion: The Flip-Flop Voter; Hillary in 2016, Trump in 2020


Jordan Callison, Reporter

On a chilly November 2016 evening, shortly after working a shift at the local Applebee’s, I sat in my backyard drinking the cheapest wine Walmart had to offer; wondering how it was possible that Hillary Clinton was losing the Presidential election. 

I thought the world was going to end and life as we knew it would cease to exist. 

Similar to millions of others, I had gotten lost in the daily bombardment of a headline. It was because of the media that I believed Donald Trump, if elected, would become the Adolf Hitler of the twenty-first century. 

The premonition of millions of voters and myself, however, did not come true. 

The 2016 election was messy and revealed the divisiveness that had been waiting to pop its head out in American politics. Most millennial voters supported Bernie Sanders, and my deepest secret amongst my friends was that I was not a Sanders supporter. When confronted on my support for Hillary, I felt that I was informed as much as necessary for any voter. 

Regardless of the pressure from my friends to vote for Bernie Sanders, I was inspired as ever to vote for Clinton. 

The most admirable quality I found in Hillary Clinton was that she wasn’t a quitter. Upon reflection, I realize how easily manipulated I was into voting for the Clinton campaign. Various campaign ads deeming her the savior America needed and the champion women deserved flooded social media and most major news outlets. 

“Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can” was something that was often heard from Clinton at her campaign rallies when speaking about her Methodist faith, which resonated with me. 

Hillary Clinton will undeniably be forever known as a trailblazer for women’s rights as she had declared that “women’s rights are human rights” at a United Nations conference in 1995. Unfortunately, her lust for political power overshadowed her desire to help others, as she would later prove to the American people how untrustworthy she truly can be with her notorious email scandal. 

Fast forward almost four years later, Donald Trump is President and the world hasn’t ended.

President Donald Trump has a fine list of accomplishments in his short time since entering the White House back in 2017.  African-American, Asian-American, and Hispanic-American unemployment is at a record low and four millions jobs have been created. 

The Trump Administration created the sixth branch of the Armed Forces, the Space Force, which inspired a Netflix television show of the same name. 

President Trump has had all three of his Supreme Court nominations confirmed. In 2018, Trump signed a Farm Bill that made growing CBD and Hemp legal. 

In a bipartisan effort, Trump signed three bills to benefit Native Americans that would fund native language learning programs, give federal recognition to Chippewa Indians in Montana, and provide compensation to Natives for loss of land. 

Trump has signed the Save Our Seas Act, which funds ten million dollars per year towards cleaning out plastic and garbage from our oceans, which is gradually becoming a global problem. 

Donald Trump has increased funding for historically black colleges and universities.

President Trump appointed five openly gay men as ambassadors to the United States, he also signed a bill that would provide free HIV medication to low income individuals in areas of need. Trump has also signed a bill that would require hospitals to be more transparent with certain costs. 

Under Donald Trump, the United States surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia in crude oil production. 

The leader of ISIS was terminated, with President Trump also signing three peace deals in the Middle East. 

Trump also signed the largest wilderness and environmental protection bill in a decade, which would protect almost four hundred thousand acres of land. 

A person could ramble on about the accomplishments of the President; but, orange man bad! 

The harsh reality is that the Democrat party is bad and needs a major evaluation. The political party that I had once labeled as the messiah has shown its true colors and let me down with its partisan agenda. 

The Democrat party loves to remind black people, every four years, that they were once slaves. It’s despicable. What happened to the days when the Democrat Party believed the words that former President Obama said when he announced that “There is not a Black America, or an Asian America, or a Hispanic America, but; The United States of America!”. Now, the Democratic Party prefers to rely on identity politics; giving the impression that you need to be multiracial, quasi gendered, and level three on the Kinsey scale in order to join the club.

Over the years, I have been fascinated by languages from countries around the world including French, Portuguese, and Russian. It is my hope to one day travel to a foreign country and learn the language. With that in mind, I cannot enter any country without first going through customs and a legal port of entry. I would also need the proper documentation. It would be nearly impossible and completely unethical to sneak into whatever country of my choosing and demand access to services and rights that would be otherwise given to citizens of that particular place. It’s like showing up to a party 30 minutes before it’s over and demanding to know where the cold beer is.   

If we could see beyond race, the nation as a whole would be able to recognize the problem on our southern border with an unbiased lens. Human trafficking is a billion dollar industry and seventy percent of human sex trafficking victims in the United States come from Mexico. With the help of the United States Customs and Border Protection, a large portion of life destroying drugs such as cocaine, meth, and heroin are seized at the border.  

Having a wall at the southern border or believing that a wall should be built does not make a person racist. Countries such as Spain, India, Ukraine, China, and various places in the Middle East have walls or proposed them. 

My views on immigration are expressed best by a quote from former President Bill Clinton, “We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws”. His words still ring true to this day, in order to preserve the American dream for future generations we must remain a nation of law and order.  

Because of my naiveté, I had placed Obama on a golden pedestal when making assumptions of his immigration policies, unaware that he had deported nearly three million illegal immigrants during his first three years as President. The Democrat party now sings a different tune to gain and manipulate votes. 

The best thing about the United States of America is the freedom to choose. In America, you can be anything you want to be as long as you are prepared to work hard for it. You can become a surgeon, an actor, a bartender, or even a lazy bum if you so aspire.  

Donald Trump has what it takes to bring back our country into economic growth and prosperity for all Americans. Trump also isn’t afraid to talk back to the media and his bantering with journalists is often humorous.

Joe Biden lacks what it takes to be President of the United States. If elected, Biden not only wouldn’t be President for long, but he would become the nation’s first geriatric leader.  

When his health begins to decline, the role of Commander in Chief will eventually be passed on to Kamala Harris; and the large number of black and brown people she has put away for marijuana related charges is unforgivable. Before you immerse yourself in the “Donald Trump is racist” narrative, look into Harris’s record as an attorney. 

Donald Trump may be an arrogant jerk, but at least he can form a coherent sentence and get the job done. When I look at Trump, I see the President of a country. When I look at Biden, I see a man that magically received the Democratic Party nomination when there were an ample amount of candidates that were better suited. Had the Democratic Party nominated someone worthy of a Presidential nomination such as Pete Buttigieg or Tulsi Gabbard, my vote might have been cast differently. 

 Some are speculating that official election results won’t be calculated until Friday, as many states have seen a surge in mail in voting. 

Whatever happens on election night and the results that follow, I am proud to have cast my vote to reelect President Donald J. Trump.