To me, Donald Trump represents what’s culturally wrong with the United States, and Hillary Clinton represents what’s systematically wrong with the United States.
Hillary Clinton is pretty much like every other presidential candidate, but for some reason, she is seen as more evil and corrupt. It may be because she is a woman, it may be because she isn’t as personable, or it may be because she is. But I’m under the impression she isn’t much better than the other mainstream Democrat candidates, including Obama. Her neoliberalism and centrist policies are the result of a political system that is being tugged to the right.
Donald Trump was born out of reactionary politics. Because parts of society have made racism, sexism, and blatant oppressive behavior taboo, and in other places, ideas of political correctness and safe spaces have entered academia and intellectual circles, which is the result of liberal diversity fronts. (I am all for political correctness and safe spaces, and I acknowledge that “diversity” is a term that came out of white liberalism that doesn’t do marginalized groups justice because simply having more marginalized people around doesn’t speak to the systematic oppression they face that still make society hard for them to navigate because it wasn’t designed with them in mind.) Donald Trump is a “business man”, born rich, and a TV personality that got him fame from saying outlandish things. His popularity comes from him being able to say what so many people have become too afraid to say.
I think it’s silly to say that it’s a privilege to vote for Hillary or Trump. It’s only a privilege depending on why you are voting for them. If the reasoning for voting for Hillary is because “she is not as bad as Trump, she is not as much of a threat to marginalized groups,” it may be out of privilege. But there are many people with marginalized identities who will be voting for Hillary or Trump, and are you going to say they are privileged for doing so? Some of those people don’t have the educational background to know how those individuals are systematically against them, and many of those people feel stuck in our country’s political system. It’s like a toxic relationship. And you don’t judge someone for not leaving their toxic relationship right away, because not everyone has the ability to leave just yet.
I live in California, which is bound to vote for Hillary because she is the Democratic nominee, and California votes for Democrats. So, in certain ways, I have the privilege to vote for whoever I want, because my vote won’t make a difference (until enough people swing the vote). Some may say voting third party is a privilege, and others say it’s a moral duty. Depending on your reasoning, where you live, and your background, it could be either or, or even both.
Even if it goes against someone’s morals to vote for Hillary, I won’t judge them for it if they do. Voting for Hillary doesn’t mean you are 100% with her, nor does it mean you can’t criticize her.
A Facebook friend of friends (Sam Alavi, who made this a public post) posted this: “Yes, go vote for Hillary so that Trump doesn’t win, in the name of compassion, equality, and anti-bigotry. But when Hillary destroys the lives of many Iranians and deports undocumented families and is racist towards Black folks and harms the civilians of Syria and supports big Wall Street banks instead of poor folks, I hope that you get out and support those communities in the name of compassion, equality, and anti-bigotry too. Your ‘moral obligation to end hate’ doesn’t magically end after November.”
You can vote for Hillary, and recognize how dangerous and problematic she is.
(This was written before the election results. Now that I’ve published this about a month after the results, there is a lot more to be said. But I figured I should publish what I had for now. My solidarity is with my friends, peers, and fellow members of society who are less likely to survive a Trump presidency.)