There are Trump voters, Biden voters, and undecided voters.
There’s a fourth group of voters, though. They’re people who actually agree with the policies of President Donald Trump but are abandoning their vote for him.
Race, gender and pressure from family and friends are probably the three biggest reasons why a vote doesn’t match a belief system.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
The Pew Research Center conducted a survey of validated voters from the 2016 election. It reported that 91% of Blacks, who cast a vote, did so for Hillary Clinton. That election was not unusual. The Center found that in the last 40 years, Black voters have solidly supported Democratic contenders.
Presidential candidate, Joe Biden, may believe it’s “a given” that he’ll receive the Black vote. He stated, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump then you ain’t Black.”
Nothing could be more racist than to tell someone that it’s not necessary to do your own thinking.
Since 2016, Black unemployment fell and wages increased. Criminal justice reform became real with The First Step Act. And Opportunity Zones made entrepreneurship more possible for Black Americans. This all happened under the first three years of the Trump administration, before a global pandemic hit.
The Center also found in a recent poll that only 39% of women voters favor the president’s re-election.
Some have called Trump a misogynist because of past words and actions.
But there’s plenty of video of Biden and his many inappropriate actions with women. And then there’s the sexual assault allegation by a former aide.
Neither one is a saint.
But during the Trump presidency, female unemployment fell and wages increased. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act increased the child care tax credit. And safety is on the ballot, this year. Trump has received many law enforcement endorsements. Biden never condemned the violence, burning and looting happening in predominately Democratic-run cities, during his own national convention.
Besides race and gender, there’s the pressure factor from friends and family who value personality over policy.
Although this president has given us too many testy tweets and not enough lofty oratory, he did something more important.
He brought back our nation’s confidence.
We are an exceptional nation, and we don’t need to apologize for it.
He fortified a military that was becoming vulnerable. Peace is only possible through strength.
Trump went to work immediately on correcting huge trade deficits with China, Mexico, Canada, and others that hurt the American worker, while other corrupt players became filthy rich. The swamp hates Trump.
United States taxpayers are no longer expected to foot every bill from every world organization, while other nations don’t do their fair share.
The small business optimism index reached record highs under the Trump administration, because of his regulation-slashing and tax-cutting measures. When small businesses are optimistic, they hire more, pay more, and invest more in their businesses.
And if 401k growth is your thing, consider that the stock market fell when Trump entered the hospital for COVID-19 and rose when he was released. The economy likes Trump.
In the book, “The Help,” 1960’s Black maid, Aibileen, talks with her friend, Minny, about the imaginary lines in our lives—whether it’s about racism or domestic abuse. “I used to believe in em. I don’t anymore. They in our heads…Lot a folks think if you talk back to you husband, you crossed the line. And that justifies punishment. You believe in that line?…Cause that line ain’t there. Except in Leroy’s head. Lines between black and white ain’t there neither. Some folks just made those up, long time ago…You don’t have to get hit by Leroy no more…You are free.”
Plenty of people lay down lines for voting, too.
Maybe nobody has reminded you of this in a long while, but you are free.
Free to vote according to your belief system.
It’s not the race vote, the gender vote, the household vote, the friend circle vote, or family tree vote.
It’s one person—one vote. Yours.
Study each party’s platform. Make a choice. And don’t let any imaginary lines get in your way.