In this upcoming presidential election, I will be voting for Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton. While in the primaries I initially supported Senator Bernie Sanders, I realize what is at stake here and I will not allow Republican candidate Donald Trump to become president.
Getting this out of the way as quick as possible, my support for Hillary Clinton isn’t just because she’s not Trump. I’m voting for Mrs. Clinton as she is one of the most qualified people to ever run for president and I think she will do a great job in the presidency.
Many of Clinton’s platforms are ones that I can easily get behind, as we both have very similar stances on social justice, from LGBT rights, racial equality, women’s rights, and support for those suffering from mental illnesses like autism and Alzheimer’s.
Along with her stance on social issues, her tax plan is one I support heavily, increasing taxes on the wealthy and closing loopholes that’ll make sure they pay their fair share, along with provided tax relief for middle-class families and small business.
Another obvious reason I’m supporting Clinton is that she believes global warming is real and is actively fighting against it, unlike Donald Trump, who stated on Twitter that “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
Of course in this election Clinton has gotten her fair share of critics, mostly coming at her for her handling of classified documents on e-mail. After an investigation, the F.B.I. recommended no charges for her but called her handling “extremely careless,” an assessment I would agree with, but does not deter me.
If you really think I’m about to vote for a third party because of something minimal (at least compared to the horrible things Trump has done) like this, you will be sadly mistaken. Unlike other Sanders supporters, specifically, the “Bernie or Bust” crowd, I’m not going to be immature and possibly throw the election to Trump because I didn’t get what I want.
This is not the time to decide to not support a candidate that Sanders has endorsed over and over again since his campaign wrapped.
I want someone as president that is going to take us into the future and build ourselves up, not bring us down. Donald Trump wants to divide Americans while Hillary Clinton wants to bring us all together.
The choice for who should be president is obvious. Do we want the racist, xenophobic, homophobic, sexist, rude, childish, deplorable, corrupt candidate, or do we want the progressive and including candidate whose biggest fault is that she listens? If Hillary Clinton does not become our president, I will be severely disappointed in this country.
To learn more about Mrs. Clinton, visit her website at https://www.hillaryclinton.com/ where you can find out about events, learn her platforms/policies, and donate to the campaign.