As media outlets ready themselves for the biggest day in recent American history, Rolling Stone plead their case one last time urging Americans to not vote for Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump. Jesse Berney laid it out to the readers and did so wonderfully.
He opened with what slays us all — why would anyone support a racist, misogynist, xenophobic asshat like Donald Trump? Though America is far from perfect, why would they believe that America is fundamentally broken in shambles. He wrote:
‘It’s not so easy to contemplate what makes so many people think America’s greatness is in desperate need of reformation, or what would make them turn to someone like Donald Trump to make it a reality.’
The support base of Trump’s campaign is well known for its majority of white males, and that’s what Berney blamed for the election we’ve suffered over the past year. He claimed in his article that it’s not the real issues they worry about. No, he pointed the blame for Trump’s rise on the fear of white supremacists.
‘It isn’t just economic anxiety or trade deals or the opioid epidemic driving the mostly white, mostly male movement behind Trump’s campaign. It is the existential fear of displacement from a world that has slowly — too slowly, for too long — been chipping away at white male supremacy.’
He then went on and made an interesting, thought-provoking point. Trump has suffered several moments on the campaign trail that any other politician would have lost complete support for. Trump’s comments on grabbing women “by the pussy” should have killed his campaign. Trump could barely offer a good spin of an apology or explanation for it. The recording was a look into the way Trump’s mind works. However, it was in no way a campaign killer. If anything, it brought his white male supporters closer.
‘The “grab ’em by the pussy” moment was disastrous for Trump’s campaign; it reinforced the defining narrative of his sexism. But it drew his strongest supporters even closer to him, because it reminded them of the world they’re losing. They want to live in an America where they can grab women by the pussy and brag about it to their friends. They want to casually use the n-word — just for the bad ones; they’re not racist! — without being set upon by the PC police. They want what’s coming to them, what’s owed them.’
Berney then went on to claim he is not qualified to lead a Cub Scout troop. The proof he offered was the transcripts of his previous debates with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Most can agree she beat Trump easily in the first two debates. He did great at interrupting, saying the word “wrong,” but offering anything of substance was absent. Berney also offered his values as further evidence recalling his comments on Mexican immigrants being rapists, calling for the ban on Muslim immigration, and his penchant for lying. Everything the most conservative of conservatives fear, he plays masterfully. Berney summed it up best writing that he “nurtures their very worst instincts.”
He laid out Trump’s temperament as more reasoning for him being wholly unfit for the presidency of the United States. He reminded the readers that Trump has “lashed out” at everyone from a dead soldier’s mourning parents to reporters and pundits who simply don’t agree with him.
He listed everything the American public knows about Trump; however, he pointed out the most frightening part about Trump is the fact that there’s still so much more that Americans don’t know about him.
‘It is impossible to predict exactly how deep a disaster Donald Trump’s presidency would be, but there’s no limit to the potential for horror. Think how much we still don’t know about Trump — how he hasn’t released his taxes, how many women there likely are who haven’t come forward — and you can imagine the scandals and corruption that lie in wait.’
And as much as the American public does know about Trump, the worst part is there is still plenty who have yet to decide between the options they’ve been given. He went as far as to write it’s OK for the undecided voter to not vote for Clinton, so long as they don’t cast their vote for the Republican nominee.
‘What you cannot do is vote for Donald Trump and pretend that this is just another election, and he is just another candidate. It is your minimum duty as a citizen not to support a racist, sexist, unqualified, dishonest, corrupt manchild who celebrates everything that’s ugly about America and not a single thing that’s great about it.’
He finished with the boldest of statements calling a vote for Trump an “act of violence” and a “moral failure.”
‘No matter how left out or left behind you feel, voting for Trump is nothing short of a moral failure. It’s a vicious act against the human beings, mostly women and people of color, who would suffer miserably under his presidency.
It’s an act of violence against America itself, whose greatness has always been about progressing from more oppression to less — slowly, sometimes haltingly, but forward.
The promise on those red hats is to turn back in the other direction. The greatness they sell is a lie.’
Featured image via Getty/Chip Somodevilla.