Amber is a writer, scientist, and advocate for Green Energy.
Unfortunately, we all have that one aunt or uncle, parent, ex-friend, cousin, et cetera that supports republicans despite the staggering amount of evidence that republicans do not care about the middle or poor class. Republicans only care about one thing: the 1% white male population. All Trump supporters have a million excuses for why they vote republican, and since the election they've grown increasingly louder in volume. Many of them even make the ludicrous claim that they are 'good Christian people.' So here's a list of nine questions you can ask that Trump supporter in your life to hold them accountable for their decision, and nine questions every Trump supporter needs to answer (but can't).
If you are a Trump supporter, keep reading. I am about to prove you wrong about everything. I challenge you to read the entire thing to the end, and not just skim for the facts that you want to see.
I honestly want the opinions of both Trump supporters and non-Trump supporters in the comments. But any rude or crass opinions will immediately be deleted. And if you post rude or crass comments, I will assume that you are acting defensively because you cannot answer my questions . . . which ultimately means I'm right, and you know it, you just don't care because you're a bad person. And if you cannot answer these questions without being racist, sexist, homophobic, or just generally rude and inconsiderate to other people, then you need to stop lying to yourself that you, in fact, have the moral high ground.
1: If you are a woman, is it okay if a man grabs your private parts without consent?
If you are a man, is it okay if a man grabs your daughters', mothers', sisters, or wives' private parts without consent?
If you answered yes to that question, you disgust me.
If you answered no to that question, which any decent human being would, please explain to me why you defend a man who openly admitted to sexually assaulting women?
In October 2016, video surfaced of Donald Trump openly admitting he sexually assaulted women. This is not 'fake news,' or as Trump's camp likes to call it 'alternative facts.' (Which isn't a thing by the way. Alternative facts is just a fancy way of saying lies). Donald Trump himself admitted to grabbing women without their consent. There is no excuse on this planet imaginable for that kind of behavior. If you would not allow someone to do that to yourself, your wife, your daughter, or your mother, then why is it okay if your so-called President does so?
You can listen to the audio yourself in the article linked above, but brace yourself. Anyone with dignity and respect for women will find it disturbing and sickening.
2: Why do you blame immigrant workers for job loss and not the people that hire them?
One of the major complains against allowing immigrants into the United States is that they 'steal American jobs.' Yet no one says a single thing about the people that hire these migrant workers. For example, Donald Trump is seeking special permission to hire foreign workers at his winery. (Source: CNN) Donald Trump is not obligated to hire foreign workers at his hotel, winery, or golf courses. No one put a gun to Trump's head and said "You must hire immigrant workers at your place of business." He hires them because he wants to, because he's cheap and only cares about profits, not America. So why does no one blame Donald Trump for 'stealing American jobs' when he could just as easily hire American workers?
Immigrants would not come here seeking jobs if no one was hiring them. You better take a real good look at the republicans who hire them before you go pointing fingers.
Now explain that one not using racist arguments.
3: Why do you have to pay taxes, but Donald Trump doesn't?
Trump often boasts that he's worth $10 billion, but that's just another of his lies. At most, he's probably only worth around $3.7 billion, the majority of which is liquidated. (Source: Forbes) No one exactly how much Trump is worth, because he refuses to release his taxes despite promises he would release his taxes after an audit was complete. Either way, Donald Trump is worth about a couple billion dollars more than you, me, and about 90% of Americans combined. So why doesn't he pay taxes?
During one of his 'Presidential' debates with Clinton (I put Presidential in quotes, because there's nothing Presidential about Trump), Trump boasted he pays nothing at all in taxes despite his enormous net worth. (Source: CNN) He claimed this 'made him smart.' Again, this is not 'fake news' or news fabricated to make Trump look bad. This is straight out of the horses mouth. To make matters worse, Trump intends to give himself and other billionaires, such as his cabinet of criminals, further tax reductions during his Presidency, which could amount to as much as $9 billion in tax cuts for the super wealthy. (Source: Washington Post) If Donald Trump were serious about reducing the debt of this nation, he would start by paying his taxes.
Some of you might be saying, well, well, well the trickle-down theory ... Let me stop you right there. The trickle down theory is a lie, oh I'm sorry, 'alternative facts' made up by republicans in order to give themselves tax breaks and line their own pockets. The benefits never actually trickle down to the average American. Each time trickle-down economics has been excessively employed in this country, most notably under Regan, there was no economic growth, no income growth, no wage growth, and no increase in job creation. (Source: UFE)
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Want further proof it doesn't work? Under the second Bush's administration, America actually LOST private sector jobs. Meanwhile, under President Obama's administration approximately 11.6 million jobs were added in the private sector. When Bush took office in 2001 after Clinton's administration, the unemployment rate was 4.2%. When he left office in 2009, it was a whopping 7.8%, meaning unemployment increased while he was in office. Obama inherited this 7.8% when he took office in 2009, and when he left office in 2017, it was back down 4.7%. When Bush took office in 2001, the average household income was $57,790, and when he left office it was $55,376, more than $3,000 less in annual income per family. When Obama left office, the average annual income for families increased back up to $56, 516. (Source: OurFuture.org) Guess which President employed trickle-down economics? Oh, that's right Bush. Guess how much you can expect your average income to decrease over the next few years?
And again, this is not fake news or made up statistics. These are pure and simple facts. And not 'alternative facts,' actual, real facts, pure facts. Now that you can't fake.
4: You're a worker, aren't you? So why don't you believe in the rights of workers?
Donald Trump told corporate CEOs that he intends to cut 75% of the laws and regulations that protects workers rights and the environment. Think this doesn't affect you? Think again. You have a job don't you? You live on this planet don't you? Besides giving corporations huge tax breaks, cutting workers protection rights means eradicating things like safety laws in the workplace and overtime pay. It would also have huge detrimental effects on the environment. But we'll talk about that more later. In short, I hope you don't like your job, because Trump intends to make it a whole lot easier for your boss to screw you over in every possible way.
One state has already implemented such a plan: Kansas. Republicans made huge reductions in the tax rates of the wealthy and corporations stating it would 'jump start their floundering economy.' (Source: Washington Monthly) You know what it did instead? It tanked their economy. Due to the massive amount of money they lost, it not only slowed down their economy, but republicans basically bankrupt their education and transportation funds to compensate for all the debt they accumulated. But who needs roads and an education, right? Plus, the dumber the population, the more likely they are to vote for republicans.
That is what you can look forward to when Trump cuts workers rights and protections: massive recession. Better start saving your pennies and stocking up on food now.
5: When are you going to start caring about the environment?
I don't know if you know this, but we kind of need the environment to live. We need clean waterways for the water that we drink, and we need the earth to grow our food. By not protecting our environment, we put our entire food security at risk.
In the article posted above, Trump not only promised to cut 75% of workers rights, but also 75% of protections for the environment. He has already implemented this by allowing DAPL to go forward. (If you don't know what that is, do you live under a rock?) Besides being terrible for the environment, it's also a grow abuse of power because Trump owns stock in the company building the pipeline.
Do you want to know what it's like to not have clean drinking water? Why don't you ask the people of Flint, Michigan who have gone over 1,000 days without clean drinking water. Instead they are forced to live with water that's contaminated by lead. You know who is at fault for the contamination? If you said republicans, ding, ding, ding, we got a winner. Republican Governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, poisoned an entire city, and has yet to face the consequences. He probably never will face the consequences. When are you going to start caring about the environment? When it is you that has to face a similar problem? Why don't you care now and prevent something like this from happening to you? You can't go a day in the news without hearing about an oil spill in the waterways, or sewage or chemical spill polluting our water. What are you going to do when it happens to you?
Aside from dangerous chemicals polluting our earth and waterways, there's this not-so-little mater of global warming to worry about. The new corrupt administration and Rex Tillerson would have you believe there's no such thing as global warming. Are you really going to believe a man with no science degree who WORKS FOR AN OIL COMPANY and doesn't want to see his revenue decrease over EVERY scientist in the world who actually have doctorates in their respective field, and decades worth of research, and every other country in the world who is actively fighting global warming? If you said yes to that question, please place your voter card in a paper shredder, because you are too stupid to vote.
Trump supporters are all about saving money, aren't they? Well, global warming increases the occurrence of floods, tornadoes, droughts, and hurricanes. That deadly tornado that just decimated Georgia? Yeah, you can expect that to happen increasingly more over the years. Overall, global warming will cost the government billions of dollars worth of damage. You know who's pocket that is coming out of? Not Trump's. He doesn't pay taxes remember? And neither do the rest of the 1%. Those billions of dollars of damage are coming out of your paychecks. But only if you manage to survive the catastrophic consequences of climate change, which is highly unlikely. Global warming can and will cause our extinction if we don't do something about it soon.
So when are you going to care? Are you going to care when it's the water you drink that's being poisoned? Are you going to care when it's your house being destroyed by a natural disaster that could have been prevented? Are you going to care when it's your food supply that is in danger?
If you don't care at all, well, I hope your money tastes good when it's all there's left to eat.
6: Did you know federal funding has NEVER been used to pay for abortions?
I literally just got in an argument with someone who wants to defund Planned Parenthood because federal funding is used to pay for abortions. Well, you know what? That's a big fat lie. Federal funding has NEVER been used to pay for abortions at Planned Parenthood. The Hyde Amendment created in 1976 is a legislative provision that prohibits any federal funding from being used for an abortion except in the case to save the mother's life, or if the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest. (Source: Wikipedia)
Do you know what services defunding Planned Parenthood really takes away? I bet you a single Trump supporter can't tell you. Defunding Planned Parenthood really takes away services including pap smears, breast exams, flu vaccines, prostate cancer screenings, support to quit smoking, sexual education, access to safe and effective birth control, cholesterol testing, STI screenings, diabetes screenings, treatment for yeast infections, pregnancy tests, counseling, high blood pressure testing, erectile dysfunction help, mammograms, physicals, prenatal services, STD treatment, UTI treatment, mental health care, referral services, tetanus vaccines, thyroid screenings, and anemia testing. By defunding Planned Parenthood you are NOT defunding abortions. You are defunding basic health care needs to millions of people.
Good luck explaining that one to your God.
Republicans also recently reinstated the gag rule. If you don't know what that is, please come out from underneath the rock you are under. The gag rule will result in MORE abortions every year, approximately 2.2 million more. You know why? Because these women across the world who are in desperate situations won't be receiving education on what an abortion actually is. So more women each year will actually seek out an abortion because of the lack of education thanks to the gag rule. You know what that makes people who support the gag rule? It makes you a pro-abortion baby killer.
Good luck explaining that one to your God, as well.
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7: What happened to draining the swamp?
If you haven't realized it by now, Donald Trump's entire campaign was built on lies. For instance, he promised to 'drain the swamp.' Instead, he made it bigger.
During his campaign, Trump called Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio 'puppets' for accepting big money, and he attacked Hillary Clinton for meeting with donors. He also said he could 'never be bought' because he was already a billionaire. Then why did almost every single one of his cabinet members bribe their way into their position? Betsy DeVos alone, the Secretary of Education who said guns should be allowed in schools to defend against grizzly bears (Yes, she really is that stupid) donated over $200 million to the republican party alone. Collectively, his cabinet his worth over $11 billion, the richest in the history of the United States.
Does that sound like draining the swamp to you?
8: How Is Limiting Available Information Beneficial to You?
Trump hasn't even been President for a week, and yet he's already drastically decreased the amount of information available to you from the government.
Sean Spicer, Trump's Press Secretary, in his first address to the press lied through his teeth about both the size of Trump's inauguration and the 'millions of illegals voted' lie, and then REFUSED TO TAKE QUESTIONS from the press. He literally ran away like a puppy with his tail between his legs. During his second press conference, questions from pro-Trump sites received precedence over questions from other press outlets.
After the Interior Department tweeted a picture of the dismal size of Trump's inauguration audience, they were BANNED from Twitter. The National Parks have been banned from saying anything about climate change. The Badlands National Park were forced to delete their tweets on climate change. Now, Republicans have muzzled the USDA and the EPA. The US Department of Agriculture, which protects you from things like contamination in egg, poultry, and meat products, and the EPA which protects your right to a healthy environment, were both ordered to stop communicating with the public.
There is a very narrow channel of information coming from the government, and it's slowly becoming smaller, and smaller. What does that sound like to you? Oh yeah, that's right, Hitler. It sounds like Hitler. Usually, republican supporters are the first people up in arms about the government 'hiding things.' But unsurprisingly, they have been suspiciously quiet about the loss of their freedom of speech.
But it begs the question, what are they hiding? Why is the government not allowing people access to information? Why are they not letting the EPA spread knowledge about how corporations are polluting the environment and how climate change is affecting us? Why are they not letting the USDA warn us when there are contaminants in our food? Why are they literally hiding the facts, and spreading 'alternative facts' aka lies? And most importantly, when are you going to be worried about it?
The lack of information coming from the government certainly doesn't benefit you at all, but it definitely harms you. So why are you not speaking out against it?
Do you really want to be the generation that allows the next Hitler? Do you really want your democracy taken away from you?
9: Is War Really Worth It?
There are quite a few other questions I could ask here. Like for instance, I could ask is risking the lives of $40 million people really worth a few extra bucks in your paycheck every week? (That's money you are never going to see, by the way. Only the extremely wealthy will see any tax breaks). And if you said yes to that question, shame on you. I could also ask: are you really so selfish that you are willing to let thousands of people die every year after the ACA is repealed? And did you know that if the 'wall' is actually built it's coming out of your paycheck? Not Donald Trump's, because he doesn't build taxes, and not Mexico's, because their leader has already publicly announced on multiple occasions that Mexico is not paying for the wall. No, it's coming out of your paycheck.
I could ask those questions, but I will stick with what I think the most important question should be: Is war really worth it?
This week, Trump escalated tensions with China over a few insignificant islands. Do you really want to go to war with China who's population is well over 1 billion compared to our approximately 300 million? If we go to war with China, North Korea would most certainly side with China, and they are just itching for an excuse to drop a nuclear bomb on us. Do you live in a city? Because those are going first. You know who would side with us? That's right, nobody. Because everybody else in the world hates us.
He also wants to pull out of the United Nations. Our position in the United Nations is the only thing protecting Israel from total annihilation. If we pull out of the UN, pretty much every country in the world would be after them. If another country declares war on Israel, of course, of course America would come to their defense, meaning another prolonged, extremely expensive war. We're still fighting the war Mr. Bush started. War is not the answer.
More war means more people dying, our soldiers dying, our young men being drafted and sent off to fight a pointless battle, more attacks on our own soil, and pointless death and destruction. Do you really want to be drafted because republicans are idiots? Do you really want to see someone you love drafted? Do you really want to see our country destroyed?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, there is something wrong with you.
I Challenge You to Give Me One Good Reason Why You Support Trump
I seriously doubt any Trump supporters made it all the way through that. Trump supporters like to put their hands over their ears whenever they are surrounded by facts and shout 'I can't hear you' really loudly. But if you did make it through, congratulations. I now challenge you to give me one good reason why you still support Trump. And I said a good reason. That means it has to be based on fact, not 'alternative facts,' and it can't be grounded on any racist, sexist, or bigoted arguments. And it also can't be rude or crass.
I don't have to bet that you can't come up with one good argument for why you support republicans. I already know you can't.
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