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Call Ed: Endorsing a future with promise
TKC decided to endorse a presidential candidate this election, as most publications around the country do. This election cycle, 78.2 percent of our staff (61/78) voted to endorse Hillary Clinton for the next president of the United States.
November 7, 2016
“Well, at least she’s not Trump.”
Those were the first sentences spoken in each of our editorial discussions on this topic, as if he was some sort of boogeyman whose very name alone should elicit discomfort. What would normally be a ridiculous reason to choose a presidential candidate — the simple fact they aren’t the other person — has become perhaps the most valid. And every month, week and day the election cycle progresses, this sentiment becomes increasingly true.
That does not mean Hillary Clinton is without merit, however, or that she should only win in spite of him. The Yale Law School graduate served as first lady, U.S. Senator from New York and Secretary of State before her current presidential bid. Compared to her opponent, an heir to his father, Fred Trump, who claims to make up for a lack of political experience with his business knowledge and financial success, their credentials aren’t even close. Especially considering Trump has 19 failed businesses to his name, six of which went bankrupt.
Beyond his questionable history as a businessman, Donald Trump alienates more people, both as groups and as individuals, than any other candidate this country has ever seen. Trump has expressed hatred for Latinos, blacks, women, immigrants, Muslims, the disabled, refugees, the media, the Pope and many, many more. The New York Times compiled a list of “The 282 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter,” which includes claims that Mexico is “killing us” and 171 instances of Ted Cruz being labeled “crooked.” Chances are, if your name is not Donald Trump, you are included on that list.
Clinton shows much more compassion toward, well, everyone.
She offers unyielding support for organizations like Black Lives Matter and fights to reform a criminal justice system that disproportionately targets minorities. She does have a poor track record on this issue, with some questionable statements during her time as First Lady including use of the racially charged term “superpredator.” Since that time, however, there is little evidence to suggest she continues to hold these beliefs and has issued an apology in that regard.
Meanwhile, Trump is a serial bigot who consciously plays into the fears of a Republican base allergic to diversity, rather than embracing America for the melting pot it has always been. In another list by The Huffington Post titled “Here are 13 Examples of Donald Trump Being Racist,” Trump is shown being insensitive toward Muslims, African Americans, Jews, Native Americans and Mexicans. Clinton supports programs that help those minorities socioeconomically and pull them up, while Trump seems intent on kicking them down. When racial and ethnic minorities make up 25 percent of the electorate, a number that grows every year, we need a president who will stand up for everyone, regardless of background.
Trump continues to double down on his distrust of immigrants, which is concerning considering foreign policy is one of the president’s key domains. Trump’s plans include building a wall on the Mexican border, deporting Muslims based solely on their religion and flaunting the nuclear football like it’s some sort of playful bargaining chip. Trump’s erratic and short-sighted foreign policy fantasies are up against a seasoned veteran in Clinton, whose job as Secretary of State was to lead our foreign affairs. She has proven herself level-headed enough to deal with the increasing unrest in the Middle East, as well as the growing economic and security threats of Russia and China without any consideration of killing us all by instigating a nuclear winter.
Recently, Clinton’s stances on gender issues are one of her biggest advantages this cycle, considering 53 percent of the electorate is historically comprised of women, according to Gallup. Her work toward gender equality is met by a man who speaks of women using a grab-bag of demeaning language. Not to mention several cases of alleged sexual harassment, the most recent of which Trump has downplayed as “locker room talk,” or even boasted about.
This is a trend. When Clinton reaches her hand out, it’s to help those who need it most. When Trump does the same it’s to slap them across the face. He has managed to offend more people, races, religions, countries, cultures and organizations than perhaps any presidential candidate ever. We choose love over hate, solutions over fear and therefore Clinton over Trump as our choice for the 45th president of the United States of America.