When it comes to politics, should you end friendships because of who your friend voted for? In the grand scheme of things, no. HOWEVER, in this election year of 2020, HELL YES YOU SHOULD! There are many things you should be able to disagree on, but basic humanity is not one of them. The current president blatantly shows he lacks in that department.
Over the last four years, President Trump has led his campaign and this country based on hatred. He proved that he is a racist, misogynistic, transphobic, Islamophobic white supremacist. Even in the presidential debate, he told his “proud boys” to “stand back and stand by,” refusing to denounce white supremacy.
To top it off, we are living in a pandemic right now that could have been prevented. President Trump knew of COVID-19’s gravity since January and brushed it off. When he contracted the virus, he claimed “it was a gift from God.” Sir, have you lost your mind?! Not only is that insensitive to the near 250 thousand individuals who died from coronavirus and their families, but it also diminishes the seriousness of what the world is going through.
What I don’t seem to understand is how the presidential race could be so close? Election Day was on Tuesday, November 3rd, and we still do not have a clear winner. I thought that Biden had it in the bag, but this election is showing that America doesn’t care about character. It is disheartening to see that the last four years wasn’t a deal breaker for so many. But, then again, are we really surprised? Trump was the mirror reflecting the true nature of America.
I, personally, cannot be friends with someone who goes against my morals. I do not condone racism, I do not condone anti-LGBTQ behavior, and I do not condone taking basic human rights away. When you vote for President Trump, you are agreeing with his stance. If you were a part of the Black Lives Movement and still voted for Trump, you were never for the movement in the first place.
Another thing I also have an issue with is individuals voting for Trump solely on their pro-life beliefs. Every woman has the right to choose what to do with their bodies. You don’t have to believe that abortion is right, but you cannot dictate the choice of someone else. If that child is born into an abusive household, are you going to raise them? If they are put up for adoption, are you going to take them in? For a majority of you, the answer is no. All that care dissipates as soon as the child is no longer in utero. So my personal thought is to mind your own business and do what is right for you, and stop trying to force your opinion on others.
True friendships involve disagreements but on topics such as, “do pineapples belong on pizza,” and not on morals. Protect your energy and your peace ladies and gentlemen. It is important to hear different viewpoints when it comes to politics, but for this election alone, its more than voting based on party affiliation. So if you’ve cut someone off for how they voted, don’t feel bad because I’ve been doing it all year.