Are you a racist if you vote for Trump?

There’s been a lot of discussion as of late regarding this question and there’ll be a lot of discussion in the future. A lot of people are adamant that they’re not racist because they voted for Trump. They’ll explain their vote was based on wanting conservative judges appointed to the Supreme Court; Hillary Clinton was a crook, traitor, etc., and they couldn’t vote for her; or they wanted an outsider who would change the status quo in Washington, D.C. and drain the swamp.

I can buy those arguments. Even though a little research would make it pretty clear that Donald Trump is a racist and always has been a racist, no one really takes the time anymore to do their own fact checking. 

They rely on TV pundits, social media, etc. So, if someone voted for Donald Trump in 2016, I can “buy” the argument that they’re not a racist.

Except for those on the far far right, neo-nazis, white supremacist, etc., America in general understands that racism is an ugly, ugly wart on this country and while it still exists in many more places than we realize, and in different shapes and forms, it is simply not acceptable. We should be doing everything in our power to end racism.

Now back to the original question. Again, I can “buy” the argument that someone might not be a racist for voting for Donald Trump in 2016, and I can understand the reasons they voted for Donald Trump in 2016. 

However, racism has absolutely no place in our society and it is so abhorrent to everything this country should stand for that taking a stand against it and eliminating it shouldn’t be trumped by who’s going to be appointed to the Supreme Court, whether or not you think the other nominee is a criminal or a traitor, or the swamp needs to be drained.

Racism has no place in this country and regardless of what their rationalization was in 2016 or is in 2020, knowing everything we know today, if someone chooses to vote for Donald Trump again in 2020, they are a racist.

Jim Sohan,

New Braunfels

(3) comments

Marianne Payne

Mr. Sohan, this line of reasoning is the reason there is so much hate in our culture today. It is at best, simplistic, and juvenile. YOU are a black and white thinker. YOU are the reason there is so much hate out there today. YOU, like so many leftists, call out Donald Trump as a 'hater' with such venom, it's obvious where the hate originates.

Jim Sohan

Marianne, Please read my response to Mr Frisk's column. Too many people sat on the sidelines in the past when it came to racism and too many people are sitting on the sidelines now when it comes to racism. I don't hate anyone, but I do "hate" racism and feel we should be doing everything possible to stamp it out. If I'm a black and white thinker because I simply find racism untolerable, then I'm guilty! And, even though you didn't directly say it, I'm not a leftist. I've been a Republican my entire voting life, but can't silently accept what the party has become under Trump's leadership.

Jack McKinney

I don’t think voting for Trump is a racist action in and of itself, but to vote for Trump is to condone his racism. It’s a fine line.

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