I will be voting for Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8 because I feel that a vote for Donald Trump would be a vote for a less safe and tolerant America.
For the entirety of his campaign, he’s attacked subgroup after subgroup of Americans. As an American of Mexican heritage, I have felt the sting of his remarks and fear his comments will harbor more intolerance for people like me. I can shrug off a random racist calling me a foreigner, but I cannot shrug off a potential POTUS telling millions of Americans that I am untrustworthy or incapable because of my heritage.
To me, Trump’s comments come from a lack of understanding the racial, religious and economic problems in our country and just how out of touch his solutions to many of those problems are. While Clinton admitted in a 2013 speech that she feels out of touch with the American middle class, I at least feel that she is offering rational solutions to America’s biggest problems. Trump’s solution to solving “the flood of illegal immigrants into America” is to build a wall, while Clinton’s is to build a speedier system to make those immigrants into taxpaying Americans. His solution to solving tensions between minorities and police is to implement Stop and Frisk laws, while Clinton’s is to end racial discrimination among law enforcement officers. His solution to fighting ISIS is to ban Muslims from entering the country, while Clinton has pushed for offering support to rebels fighting the terrorist group on the ground. His solution to ending mass shootings in America is to arm more citizens, while Clinton’s is to instead make it harder for those that should not have guns from purchasing them. Trump’s solutions are snappy, but dig deeper the divisions of the American people and disregard fundamental constitutional rights.
I almost completely agree with all of Clinton’s policies and am glad that I have a candidate that supports what I want to see in my country. What I am not happy about is that so many people have put their faith in a racist, misogynist and xenophobic bully to unify our country. We are supposed to support one another and Donald Trump has built an entire platform off dividing us.
Although I am far from trusting her completely, I admire that Clinton says she will be a champion for minorities, women and middle class families and will use my vote to support her in that mission.