And if I guessed further, I’d guess a white, cishet man.
Leading up to the Iowa caucus on February 3rd, tensions are raising on the left about who will come out on top for the Democratic nomination, and I have seen more than one social media post announcing a “Bernie or Bust!” point of view — meaning that even if Bernie does not obtain the Democratic nomination, they will still vote for him in the General Election, or not vote at all, rather than vote for the Not-Trump candidate.
One (very kind, funny, educated, good) person wrote:
If, as many of you claim, your SOLE objective is to defeat Trump and put a Democrat into the presidency, and if, as many of you claim, you are willing to vote for and support ANY of the Democratic presidential candidates in the General Election over Trump, then I am telling you that you NEED to primary and caucus for Bernie Sanders. Because I along with millions of others do NOT feel the same way. I am unwilling to vote for a sub-par candidate for president, and I will write-in Bernie Sanders if he is not given the Democratic nomination. Therefore the best, maybe only way you can be assured of a Democratic candidate’s ability to win my vote and millions of others like me is to nominate Bernie Sanders.
Another (intelligent, well-rounded) person simply put:
If Bernie doesn’t get the nomination I will vote for trump out of spite.
In other words:
“If I don’t get my way, I will punish everyone.”
Voting for Donald Trump “out of spite” or voting for Bernie even if he’s not on the ballot is irresponsible to vulnerable community members who do not have a voice to defend themselves, whose vote was probably suppressed, or who do not have voting rights.
Individuals harmed by a Trump presidency who cannot vote or have extreme obstacles voting:
- The elderly
- The chronically/terminally ill
- The disabled
- The poor
- Victims of commercial prisons
- The air, water, and soil
So, If you are “Bernie or Bust” I’m going to guess:
- You’re not Muslim or of Middle Eastern decent.
- You’re not African or have African relatives.
- Or Haitian.
- Or Nicaraguan.
- Or Salvadoran.
- Or Honduran.
- Or Nepali.
- You’re not poor.
- You don’t rely on the Affordable Care Act for health insurance.
- You don’t have a chronic illness that could be considered a “pre-existing condition.”
- You don’t rely on Social Security Disability Insurance.
- You’re not a disabled student.
- You’re not a transgender student.
- You’re not a transgender service member.
- You’re not a person who has ever had an abortion, might at some point need an abortion, or supports someone who might need an abortion.
- You think doctors should be allowed to discriminate against patients.
- You don’t have to worry about discrimination in the workplace.
- You’ve never been sexually assaulted or raped.
- You’re not an immigrant.
- Even a documented immigrant.
- You’re not a queer person or believe queer people should be protected by the Civil Rights Act.
- You think voter suppression is okay.
- You believe in a militarized police force.
- You’ve never been a victim of fraud, discrimination or unlawful conduct by a financial institution and you want to protect banks.
- You don’t care about the National Parks
- You don’t care about clean air.
- You’re not an endangered species.
- You think it’s okay for Petroleum Refineries to send toxic waste into the air and water.
- You think developers shouldn’t have to consider impacts of development projects on wildlife, water pollution, land erosion, or preservation of natural resources
- You’re not a worker at risk of developing lung disease.
- You don’t care about clean water.
- Like… coal companies dumping debris into local tributaries.
- Or uranium miners doing the same.
If alllllllllll of the items above (and hundreds more that I just don’t have the emotional capacity to be as comprehensive as possible) are less important than your self-righteous decision to throw your vote, then
the problem is NOT other voters, the problem is egocentricity trumping the willingness to protect other individuals from harm… which is exactly why Trump is such an egregious human being.
So, really, you’d be no better.
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