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4 Great Reasons to Not Vote for Donald Trump in 2016 & 2020

Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always explore his writing opportunities.

Some Background Information and How We Got to this Critical Moment in United States History

With an election year coming up in the United States, people will go to the polls all across the country to elect the next president. At first when I began covering the American political system back in 2012, I was asking whether Barack Obama would win a second term in the White House or the Republican candidate whoever he or she is would end up knocking him out of the White House. At the time that I began diving deep into the reasons for the Republican Party’s cons, polls were indicating that Obama may win a second term. With 54% of the people approving of his job as president at the time that I composed what would have been the second draft of this piece, Obama certainly was reelected winning 332 votes and beating Republican nominee Mitt Romney. With that said, here are some reasons to not vote for the Republicans in 2016 and even after that (assuming that the GOP does not change its conservative philosophy). This is not meant to say that every Republican politician is bad but the main focus will be why we should not vote for Donald Trump.

As we update this article, the reasons to not vote for Donald Trump again in 2020 because he has won the Republican nomination once again applies here. When this article was first composed, Hillary Clinton was the nominee for the Democratic Party.

Eisenhower and Lincoln were Republicans that Knew How this Nation Should Be Handled and Run

Care will be taken to not sound too partisan. In other words, I will attempt to not choose sides here and to look at this issue objectively. That stated, we have had Republican presidents with at least some level of understanding of what it takes to run a country. For instance, war hero Dwight D. Eisenhower was wise enough to realize the dangers of empire building during his 1961 Farewell Address. And Abraham Lincoln, the self-educated lawyer that was one of our brightest and most respected Presidents is my favorite President of all-time who wanted desperately to keep the nation together because he loved it so much. There have been exceptions but the GOP has had many not so good politicians. I say this also realizing that the Democrats also have had poor Presidents one being Andrew Johnson.

Reason for Not Voting for Donald Trump

The homeless population in the United States will increase if Trump wins another term in 2020.

The homeless population in the United States will increase if Trump wins another term in 2020.

Reason #1: Trump Will Hurt the Middle Class Even More

First of all, if you are a person that is earning only a middle class income, the Republicans don’t support the middle class. Why is that? Those of us that have studied and know the system will remember that Reaganomics and the trickle-down theory only worked against the middle class increasing the gap between the rich and poor. The Republicans have been known to support tax increases for the wealthiest people in America while the middle class is struggling right now. The Republicans have also been known to get support from the biggest companies in the nation. However, the two party system has changed so much with the rise of corporate donors, PAC’s and “the Establishment” that even Democrats have been criticized. I congratulate Arizona senator John McCain for his public service and for saying that Obama is a decent man. And Mitt Romney was a far more decent candidate for president compared to Donald Trump. It is fair to assume that Mr. Trump will not really look after the middle class should he happen to win in 2016. The reasons not to vote for Donald Trump also apply if he wins the Republican nomination in 2020.

Here is a symbol or logo of Obamacare also known as the Affordable Care Act.

Here is a symbol or logo of Obamacare also known as the Affordable Care Act.

Reason #2: Trump Hates the Affordable Care Act

Author’s note: some of this next section was composed back in 2012

Secondly, the Republicans have done everything they can to try and repeal Obama’s health care plan that has now been signed into law. This is another attempt by the Republicans to see Obama fail as president. We have had far too many people in this country that have no health insurance coverage. Health care that is affordable is a big priority for the millions of people that don’t have it. If you want to have any chance of getting good health care in the future, do not vote for the Republican Party. We have been debating about health care reform since the Bill Clinton years. It is time that we got something done and the passage of the health care legislation known as the Affordable Care Act is a huge step in the right direction. Health care is a basic human right and there is no reason why the United States should not have health care that is affordable and can help in times where people really need it (particularly those with a preexisting condition such as myself). With Trump being critical of just about everything that Obama has tried to do, there is no reason to think that he won’t be against trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Reason #3: He Will Not Help Those That Are Unemployed

The Republicans have also done everything that they can to oppose and deny extension of unemployment benefits to all people in America that need them. The Republicans have even opposed extending unemployment benefits to those that have been without work for 99 weeks or longer. This group of people was known as the 99ers. How can the Republicans be so uncaring about those that need help the most? If you want to see the unemployed of this country get help and extensions with their unemployment checks, don’t vote for the Republican Party specifically Donald Trump. I would not mind if the GOP nominee for this election had been John Kasich of Ohio however.

Reason #4: Trump's Foreign Policy Would be Horrible

And perhaps the most important reason to not vote for the Republicans even in 2016 especially Donald Trump is because if the Republicans overtake the White House, there will most probably be more wars started that this country does not deserve to be in. We had two wars started by the George W. Bush Administration and that is two wars too many. With America facing major economic problems, we cannot afford to be in other conflicts. The Republicans have had an aggressive stance on foreign policy issues and this country does not need aggression. It is interesting that this is mentioned because Hillary Clinton will also have somewhat of an aggressive foreign policy. She will more than likely continue to support Israel and the Palestinians will be attacked constantly. The proposed Palestinian state is not likely to materialize. The air strikes against ISIS will continue and she may be in favor of ousting Syrian President Bashar al Assad. However, when we look at the foreign policy area, it is hard to imagine Mrs. Clinton or any future Democratic nominee being worse than Mr. Trump.

Hillary Clinton the Former First Lady and Secretary of State

Hillary Rodham Clinton served as First Lady of the United States from 1993 through 2001. She served as Secretary of State from 2009 through 2013.

Hillary Rodham Clinton served as First Lady of the United States from 1993 through 2001. She served as Secretary of State from 2009 through 2013.

Hillary Clinton is Still the Better Choice for President Whatever Way You Look at it

This country has to focus on better things. I’m not saying that there are no corrupt Democrats in Washington. It is just that there are more corrupt, crooked and dishonest Republicans. If you want a better chance of seeing a better foreign policy, don’t vote for the Republicans in 2016. The Republicans are a threat to the survival of this country because of Mr. Trump’s improbable rise to the GOP nomination. I say this taking into consideration how Donald Trump praises Russian President Vladimir Putin. And secondly, I believe that Donald Trump is not the proper person to fix or improve this nation’s condition. With all of Hillary Clinton’s perceived negatives, she is seen by some as the lesser of two evils. She may not be perfect but a Donald Trump presidency would be catastrophic for the United States.

Donald Trump: The Racist GOP Nominee

These are Donald Trump's own words of what he said about African Americans. No Trump supporter can possibly deny that he said these things but Trump supporters do not question anything that he says.

These are Donald Trump's own words of what he said about African Americans. No Trump supporter can possibly deny that he said these things but Trump supporters do not question anything that he says.

David Pakman describes how bad things will get under President Donald Trump

Other Reasons Why Donald Trump is Such a Terrible General Election Candidate

These four reasons are four of the best reasons to not vote for Donald Trump in the upcoming 2016 general election. This election is the most important election in the lives of young people (millennials and those that are under 40 years old). A person like Donald Trump that has insulted and belittled women, Hispanics, been staunchly against anyone who is a Muslim and has mocked a disabled reporter does not deserve to be President of the country that George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe took great care of. The greatest and most honorable act that all of us in the US can do is to reject Donald Trump and people of his caliber by not voting for him. Say no to people like Donald Trump because he is most definitely very unfit to be the 45th President of the United States!

The Prophecy Was Proven to Be Correct

A long time ago (back in 2016) this writer tried to warn the country about voting Donald Trump into office. I have now been proven correct as Mr. Trump is now involved in the biggest political scandal since Watergate. But before we get to this, he has lied so much about so many things and someone who lies this much while holding this nation’s highest office is not fit to be President. And his presidency may end because of the very thing that he accused Hillary Clinton of. It has to do with emails! Bill Palmer of The Palmer Report reported on July 10, 2017 that Donald Trump Jr. “secretly met with a Kremlin representative during the campaign and discussed sabotaging Hillary Clinton to influence the outcome of the election,” (Palmer, 2017). When he was caught doing this, he first said that it was all about adoption. Then, he changed his story and admitted that he was in fact trying to sabotage Hillary’s election chances. There’s no way to make this up because this is now documented evidence. After the release of that email, there is no way that Donald Trump or his son Trump Jr. can deny that they met with a representative of Russia in order to hurt Hillary Clinton. I am not a lawyer but that is defined as treason. Electing Donald Trump is one of the biggest mistakes in American history. Is this the kind of man that should be in charge of the Executive Branch? No.

As of Sunday July 26, 2020, there are 100 days remaining until the 2020 Presidential Election in the United States and I have not seen anything yet that would even convince me a little bit to maybe consider voting for Donald Trump.

Simple Way to Defeat Donald Trump

In addition to the reasons described to not vote of this man, Robert Harrington, contributing writer for this very same Palmer Report insists that ”So please vote like your lives depend on it, because they do,” (Harrington, 2020). This may be a simple plea to the citizens of the United States but by voting and voting Donald Trump out of office in November 2020, you are not only exercising one of your most basic civic responsibilities, but you are also helping to put an end to the worst presidency in the history of the United States. This article's title that was referenced called "Trump Defeated" describes just exactly what must happen so that the leadership in the United States is restored to its proper form.


Palmer, B. (2017, July 10). Palmer Report. Retrieved from http://www.palmerreport.com/opinion/irony-donald-trump-flames-email/3798/

Harrington, R. (2020, May 15). Palmer Report. Retrieved from https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/trump-defeated/28658/

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2016 Ara Vahanian


Ara Vahanian (author) from LOS ANGELES on May 14, 2020:

That might have been true in the 1920s and 1930s but not in today's divided political climate. We will see what happens but this is not 1984.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on May 14, 2020:

Ara, we will see. the poll numbers mean little. It depends on who is doing the polling and what assumptions are made. I think Trump will win re-election easily and by a 40 States majority of electoral vote.

Ara Vahanian (author) from LOS ANGELES on May 14, 2020:

Finally! You admitted something I didn't think you would. A lot of things can happen between now and November 2020 for sure. One thing that even I have to concede is that Trump will get credit for the tax legislation that was passed into law (the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act). Not saying I agree with everything in that legislation but he will get credit for that. I realize that there were many who voted for him because they wanted things to be different in DC and some of them are frustrated and feel that they have nowhere to turn to. He has until October 2020 to turn his approval numbers around which are very low for an incumbent president. Will he? I doubt it.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on May 14, 2020:

What other proof do you need? The information is out there in the public domain which reminded me of the old saying- You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink...

Trump may not be the best president and he surely is not the worst. We will see who is right in Nov. 2020. I will check back with you then. Have a great day.

Ara Vahanian (author) from LOS ANGELES on May 14, 2020:

Anon: Another clueless Trump supporter that is brainwashed decided to comment on here. There is nothing to see here other than someone who looks for an excuse to criticize the other party without offering any kind of proof.

Ara Vahanian (author) from LOS ANGELES on May 14, 2020:

This is why the United States is so divided. One side wants to accuse the other of being bad. I didn't like Trump in 2016 and I don't like him now. Neither does most of the country. It has been a while since anyone commented on this article but it is not a surprise you cam along to comment on here. While I appreciate comments and views, most historians have already concluded that Trump is the worst president in American history. Don't try to convince me to not like Obama because you never will. Have a good day.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on May 14, 2020:

Your article is still biased. In 2016 and now in 2020. All your assertions turned out to be false, and yet you continue down this path. Why?

Here is the latest on President Obama and his cabal - https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2020/05/13...

If this does not convince you, nothing will.

Anon on May 14, 2020:

Hit piece and dumb poll...Biden isn't even competent enough to give a coherent speech and the Democratic party saw fit to put him up against Trump. Democrats will lose the presidential election...and the party deserves it for their Super-pak fake elections.

I just feel sorry for the people who are cheated out of their vote by the Democratic party.

Ara Vahanian (author) from LOS ANGELES on May 08, 2018:

David Hornstein: first of all you had better learn how to spell properly. There is no such word as "moran." And I think you meant to say best instead of vest. Before you leave comments on others articles, you should at least have the decency to spell check what you type and you didn't do this. Secondly, I don't appreciate personal attacks. Just comment on the article or don't say anything at all. The problem is not me. The problem is you. You should think of something better to do instead of leaving an idiotic comment like this on an article.

David Hornstein on May 07, 2018:

What a total Moran you are. You obviously have fine zero homework when it comes to the Clinton Foundation and their money laundering operation or the extremely Ling list if those who have mysteriously died after working for or against the Clinton's. They have no morals. They are bad people.Hilary and Bill are sexual perverts. Trump is the vest thing to happen to American politics since R Reagan. Have you seen his list of accomplishments in spite of have no national media saying a nice word about him or his agenda.

Ara Vahanian (author) from LOS ANGELES on September 20, 2016:

Cee-Jay Aurinko: thank you very much for saying I'm a great Hubber. I try my best. As for Donald Trump not becoming president, I also don't see it happening for the reason that it is because of a demographic shift in the US. The Caucasian population percentage is declining and the minority population is increasing. Minorities do not like Trump and if they really show up at the polls and vote, he will lose.

Cee-Jay Aurinko from Cape Town, South Africa on September 20, 2016:

Great hubbing, Ara Vahanian. There's no way Donald Trump will become President of the United States. I honestly can't see it. But if it happens, I will no longer have faith in humanity. People can't seriously be that dumb.

Ara Vahanian (author) from LOS ANGELES on September 19, 2016:

I am glad that we were able to have a somewhat civil and I think great discussion too. We have to work with what we have. In a way, shocked is not what I would say. It comes down to the fact that so many are sick of the political establishment and so that's why Trump won the nomination. However, there is also the possibility that many will have to deal with Hillary Clinton if she wins, as unpopular as she is. Many may have to put up with someone they don't trust. Our political system can be better than what it is but it is up to the people to vote for the right ones and put them in power. That takes a lot of political education. It is knowing who to really vote for.

Suzie from Carson City on September 19, 2016:

Yes, agreed. Our choices are not good. Period. It is choosing the lesser of 2 evils. Deciding who is less evil and who is far too evil to consider....well, that's how it boils down to a matter of opinion and personal choice. Do I love Donald? Not by a long shot..... In fact, I was just as shocked as most when he beat out all the others. I never expected it. I preferred a few others, Rand Paul, Christy, Rubio......

We must work with what we have.

Ara Vahanian (author) from LOS ANGELES on September 19, 2016:

Mio Cid and fpherj48,

I may have been somewhat harsh in my comments. What I should have said is that many are uninformed about what is really going on. The mainstream media does not tell us everything. Donald Trump has the name recognition and has been in the public eye for so long and that's why he has so many supporting him. Also, there are many that are sick of the political establishment and that's understandable as well. However, people really should ask themselves whether they would be more comfortable with 4 years of Donald Trump. They'll be surprised at how much worse it will get if he gets to the Oval Office. There are decent men like John Kasich who did not win the nomination. I do like the fact that we have third parties. There are some who say that Bernie Sanders who is an Independent should have won the nomination. Bernie is a man I really respect and am proud of how far he came. But we will have a Clinton vs. Trump general election and I would still rather take my chances with her than with Donald because I simply don't trust the guy. Whatever flaws Hillary may have, she will be less worse. Let's agree to disagree.

Have a good day!

Suzie from Carson City on September 19, 2016:

Hola amigo mio! I wanted to acknowledge you sweetie, but I didn't know if you wanted to pretend you didn't know me.....LOL (I'm joking) When it comes to my family and friends, many of us disagree politically (and of course other ways.)

I make a huge distinction. Better to not discuss than to clash with people we love. I do most definitely vote "person" not party. Proof? I voted both times for Obama!

Enjoy the rest of your night my friend! Peace, Paula

mio cid from Uruguay on September 19, 2016:

I would say fpherj48 is one of the nicest people on Hubpages and a true independent , but regardless of anyone's political view we should separate the person from the person's politics.

Suzie from Carson City on September 19, 2016:

Celeb.....I would not argue that the GOP deserves better. I have made this statement several times. This is what we're stuck with. My point is that I would vote for an orangutan before the most corrupt, immoral, fraudulent, wholly deceitful, sneaky, dishonest, insincere, reckless & pathological thug, Hil-liar-y Clinton. The woman is the dirtiest politician ever in the history of our nation.

All due respect Sir, you may not assume that I or anyone you do not know, might be oblivious. I can assure you, I am not at all. Remaining respectful, I can also assure you I am far from "stupid."

Most importantly, FYI, I am an Independent......always have been, always will be. I am not extreme in any direction. Extreme is unacceptable to me.

You have a good evening .

mio cid from Uruguay on September 19, 2016:

The extreme right has always throughout history campaigned against "the politicians"and the political class and has taken advantage of the simpletons who don't understand that the politicians and the political class, the people they themselves elect is the only thing that stands between them and a government of and for the oligarchy.

Ara Vahanian (author) from LOS ANGELES on September 19, 2016:

That is true we do each have our own opinions and choices... however, that does not mean people should be oblivious to what's going on here. The GOP deserved a much better candidate than Trump. Or maybe not since they are so stupid to have allowed things to get this far. I don't even think Trump wants to win this election.

Suzie from Carson City on September 19, 2016:

A perfect example of how wonderful it is to live in America. We are each entitled to our opinions and choices... Thanks.

Ara Vahanian (author) from LOS ANGELES on September 18, 2016:

Mio Cid: Thank you! I just try to point out how many flaws there are with Donald Trump. I probably could have written more than four reasons though. And to JackLee and fpherj48: Donald Trump is not a politician and that is precisely the problem. He cannot possibly know how to create more jobs, be tougher on terrorists, or really know ho others have it harder than he did because he never really had to work for anything. He inherited his daddy's wealth and managed to misuse it, that is why he will never release his tax returns though he should do so because it is expected of him. And banning Muslims from entering the USA is the very thing that goes against what this country is about. The US has been a nation of immigrants and we must not go against that tradition. Donald J. Trump is a man that is an embarrassment not only to the GOP but to the United States. He isn't a real patriotic American, he is just a fool who will do anything to please himself. And BTW someone who talks about dating his own daughter if he were not married during a Presidential campaign has no business running for the nation's highest office. Another reason that so many support him is because he is Donald Trump-name recognition. The GOP should have nominated a proper person to run for this office not some failed businessman that treats the campaign like a reality show. It shows how many stupid idiots there are here in the United States and that is a very sad thing. We deserve much better than this man who fails to have empathy for others.

Suzie from Carson City on September 18, 2016:

Hello.....I read your interesting hub. Very well-written.....However

Here are more than 4 reasons to vote for him:

He has not been a Politician therefore poisoned and corrupted like all career politicians and 2nd generation politicians. (like the crooked Clintons...the Bonnie and Clyde of DC)

He cannot be bought. He needs no more money than his own which keeps pouring in. No more pay for play like Hillary has going.

He is not a pansy ass who is afraid to upset the stinking RADICAL ISLAMIST TERRORISTS and will be tough and serious about protecting us and wiping these savages out!

He doesn't like Obamacare, true and although I have no issues with the ACA.....aren't the majority of Americans very displeased with it? That's what I read.

He's very intent upon IMMIGRATION....enforcing the laws we have to the letter and stopping the influx of those from the Middle East. Why can these people not be placed in safe havens in their own countries somewhere? There have to be wealthy, safe places for Middle Easterns to be with their own kind. We don't need more budding terrorists. (Like the one who stabbed people at the Mall in Minnesota...he was one that came over for asylum with his parents.) Let them stay where they are and kill their own people. They're happy as long as they're killing.

He certainly will create jobs. He's a mega businessman and the country should be run like a business. He can do that.

Look, I agree he's rough around the edges, but that's no big deal. He will surround himself with brilliant, hard working people. He's rude but not cruel. I admit he can use some lessons in being Presidential.

He's much much much preferable to HRC.....by miles & miles.

For me, the truth is I will be able to deal with whatever the outcome is because that's just the way I've always been. If I have to adjust to something, I do it.

Have a great evening. Paula

BTW, nice to meet you.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on September 18, 2016:

In my mind, both are not qualified to be President. One is an egotist, the other a liar...

mio cid from Uruguay on September 18, 2016:

Great hub.I know there are hundreds of reasons not to vote for "Little Hands" ,but I understand you could not possibly lay them all out in one hub.So I propose you write more series of four more reasons not to vote for the Bigot, Racist,Xenophobe Homophobe, Donald.

Ara Vahanian (author) from LOS ANGELES on September 18, 2016:


Hillary may not be perfect but at least she is qualified to be Commander in Chief. Donald Trump has had so many business failures and operates a campaign of negativity, fear, and outright hostility. This same American public never gave Obama a chance to do something and now they are against Hillary Clinton because of silly, bogus reasons. They were spending time focusing on where she sent her emails instead of focusing on the issues that really truly matter. Hillary Clinton has dedicated her life to serving the public as First Lady, Secretary of State, and Senator of New York. Meanwhile, Donald Trump has been living off of his daddy's money and he has never really earned anything. The unfortunate part is that there is a huge degree of misogyny here in the US, that is one reason why they don't trust Hillary. I say they should give her a chance for four years.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on September 18, 2016:

Only four? I could think of many more. Also, there are just as many reasons not to vote for Hillary... How sad for our country.

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