by Michael Mohr-Ramirez
To the editor:
As with many conservative Republicans, I found it difficult at times to support our now-commander-in-chief, Donald Trump. His policies were appealing, however his rhetoric was often too informal. Let me clarify: I say informal because it was fiery and impulsive, but I think his fantastic points were lost in his approach. It was not, as the left liked to claim, hate speech, racist, sexist, bigoted, homophobic or the other adjectives I’ve heard used. These arguments come from the left to displace the fact that they cannot seem to formulate an argument against what he is saying, so they resort to this offensive and degrading language.
On another note, unfortunately, the left still claims to be “coping” with the results of a legitimate election that happened almost six months ago. However, even more unfortunately, the left is incapable of distinguishing the candidate (now president) and his supporters when voicing their disdain. The party of tolerance claims to be just that, until they encounter someone that doesn’t agree. I, for one, am tired of being grouped into the left’s schema of supporters. In reality, most of us are working-class Americans who are inspired by his vernacular of economic success and job creation after eight years of oppression via governmental mandates.
Many supporters are not pro-Trump at all, but rather part of a metaphorical congregation of anti-Hillary constituents, like me. How can we expect to heal the divide in the U.S. if it is so inexcusable to be a Trump supporter? There is nothing wrong with supporting liberal or conservative philosophies. Adolescents and adults alike must be willing to engage in meaningful debate, arguing with facts, not emotion. If you disagree with the results of the election, be active through voting, that is your voice. Protesting a finished election does nothing but draw negative unwanted attention to your cause. We must learn to accept and counter criticism through the aforementioned debate, not use unclear adjectives to classify a group of people who disagree with your points. When we as a society recognize this and learn again to love our neighbor like our brother, we will fix this great divide.
I do support our president, because he was elected by the people and because it is my duty.
— Michael Mohr-Ramirez ‘17