Feb. 28, 2019
There is much animus from the Left against conservatives, especially during the Trump era. This again surfaced in recent weeks through violent exchanges such as the assault of a young man at Berkeley last week.
The verbal barrage has been constant and unwavering against Trump voters in the Leftmedia. We have been labeled with various hateful appellants including racist, Nazis, misogynists and so on.
There is an implied question lurking behind these accusations. It is not expressed much directly, but Leftists want to know why anyone, let alone 62 million ‘anyones,’ would vote for Donald Trump.
There is confirmation for this analysis from a Leftist who has been an integral part of the Russian Collusion Delusion to take down Trump. Former FBI agent Peter Strozk wrote in a text to his paramour that Hillary Clinton should win the 2016 election,
100 million to 0.
In other words, Strozk couldn’t see any reason any person would vote for Trump. Here are three big reasons for Strozk and everyone else who may be wondering why Trump voters selected him for the President of the United States.
I cannot speak for all Trump voters, and yes, I am among them. However, I am fairly confident that these reasons were on everyone’s list.
No. 3 – He Wasn’t Hillary
How high this ranked as a reason to vote for Trump will vary. It was number three on my personal list.
Hillary was a Socialist nightmare and by many’s reckoning guilty of two massive crimes. First, her deliberate attempt to cover-up her culpability in the deaths of 4 Americans at Benghazi was criminal and shameful.
This video from 2014 presents the Benghazi case in great detail.
Unfortunately, neither Hillary or Obama have been made to suffer consequences for this crime.
The second crime she also got away with due to allies within the FBI. This involved Clinton setting up her own private e-mail server illegally and both sending and receiving classified information on that server.
Once she was being investigated, she tried to eliminate the evidence by having cell phones destroyed and hard drives ‘wiped’ using Bleachbit. This was after she had been served with a subpoena from Congress to preserve those emails.
Moreover, Hillary was easily the most corrupt candidate ever to run for president. Trump voters were not so naive as to believe the Leftmedia and their Democrat cohorts that Ms. Clinton didn’t excuse and try to cover up the actual sexual assaults of her husband’s past for her shot at power.
We weren’t so blinded by having the ‘first female president’ elected that we would ignore her and Bill’s theft of money from Haitians in need through the Clinton Foundation. Regardless of what his shortcomings were, it is certain that Trump voters thought he was a better choice than Hillary.
No. 2 – He Wasn’t a Politician
The second-ranked reason I believe such large numbers of people voted for Trump was this fact, he wasn’t and had never been a politician. He had spent his entire adult life in the private sector as a successful businessman.
There was, of course, no guarantee that a businessman could do the job of the top political figure in the world. However, Trump’s supporters in 2016 were confident the risk was worth it.
My reasoning, in particular, was that America had given the politicians enough chances to do the President’s job as it should be done. In sum, my thoughts were, “We’ve tried it the politician’s way, and they failed, so hit the highway politicians! Time to try another way.”
Moreover, candidate Trump was not simply a dynamic personality. He put forth policies and plans which showed promise to improve many aspects of American life.
Trump addressed long-standing issues such as illegal immigration in ways no politician would, with real, common-sense solutions, like a border wall. His economic proposals were Reaganesque which attracted anyone with knowledge of how that brought prosperity back to the nation after the economic malaise of the Carter administration.
Incidentally, Trump’s promise to have Mexico pay for the wall was off the charts unpolitical behavior. How that would happen was a mystery to most of us, and Trump never said how that would come about. However, we were willing to wait and see if he could somehow pull that off.
No. 1 – He Was Pro-Life and Favored Religious Freedom
This is really two reasons, but these two are inextricably linked. That’s due to the overwhelming majority of those with pro-life sentiments also being Christian.
During the campaign, Trump consistently presented strong pro-life views and continually acknowledged that religious freedom was under siege in America. For example, he promised to appoint pro-life judges and defund Planned Parenthood, as well as defend religious liberty with vigor during his administration.
Those dual positions work together because religious freedom enables the pro-life movement to continue to exist relatively unscathed. Moreover, pro-life activists had seen an increase of pressure against them from previous administrations and were looking for someone in the presidency that would give credence to the movement.
There was a considerable gamble made by anyone who voted for Trump. He was an unknown commodity with no guarantee he would even attempt to keep his promises.
However, the fact that Hillary already had a political voting and advocacy record of anti-life, aka ‘pro-choice’ views meant that voters knew what she would do. Trump voters felt a bit better gambling on him than pulling the lever for someone who was anathema to pro-life people.
What About Trump’s Moral Failings?
Trump’s moral failings were, of course, centered on his sex life and his three marriages. This issue was difficult for many voters to stomach, and Clinton’s campaign tried to make the most of that fact.
The Left also tried, as they still do, to make outlandish claims that Trump was a lying, racist, misogynist women-hater. These factors made many wrestle with their convictions and reluctantly having to decide between the least of two evils.
I admit to such consternation in my own thoughts. I was also frustrated by the fact that the last time I felt good about voting for a presidential candidate was 1984 to re-elect Ronald Reagan.
However, Trump’s peccadillos were not sufficient for me, and many others, to vote against him, or to vote for a 3rd party candidate to soothe my conscience. It was obvious that if many turned to that alternative, they would only be helping Hillary to the presidency.
The Results Merit Continued Support for Trump
President Trump has in the first two years of his administration has delivered a very encouraging performance for conservatives and more importantly, for America. Whatever one may think of his rhetoric, his deeds have put to rest a lot of doubts among his supporters.
This isn’t to say that Trump hasn’t made some mistakes along the way. In hindsight, I believe that he himself would agree that he should have done more to ‘clean house’ of any Obama holdovers on day one.
I think beginning the wall construction on day two would have helped as well. If those things had happened it is unlikely Trump would have the difficulties he presently faces concerning building a border wall on the southern border.
The President is at last beginning to defund Planned Parenthood with his orders concerning Title X funding of PP. This is a good start even though it removes just 60 million from the over 500 million dollars the federal coffers give to the largest abortion provider in the nation.
Trump supporters are ecstatic about his judicial appointments of Constitutional conservatives who are pro-life. Both Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh at the Supreme Court fit that bill.
Economically, Trump’s policies have delivered in an extraordinary manner which the political class, including former President Obama, said was basically impossible. The extremely low unemployment rates, GDP growth over 3 percent annually, and revival of industry in America are truly spectacular.
Foreign policy has undergone a serious shift from his predecessors. Trump has shown he is unabashedly pro-Israel. For instance, he didn’t just talk about moving the American embassy to Jerusalem, like so many before, he did it!
This administration has also shown a definite non-political approach to both China, with tariffs on trade, and dealing with North Korea’s nuclear threat. Trump also delivered on a campaign promise to withdraw the U.S. from the disastrous Iran Nuclear deal.
Moreover, Trump has been far tougher on Russia than Obama had ever been with more stringent sanctions and direct support of Ukraine against Russian incursions. No, everything has not gone ‘swimmingly’ concerning Trump making good on promises, but a remarkably high percentage of what he promised has already happened.
It is noteworthy that all of this has been accomplished in the first half of the President’s first term. He merits continued support and needs continual prayer as we head into the 2020 election season.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 [ESV]
Sources – The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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Originally published in TIL Journal