It is widely believed that Donald Trump became President of the United States with the votes from people with the following characteristics: whites, native born, non-college educated, living in the south, holding blue collar jobs, anti-immigrant, and even racist. Well, I voted for Donald Trump and I do not fall in to even one of the above categories. I am: non-white, an immigrant, holding four college degrees, living outside the south, retired from white collar jobs, and proud of being the lone holdout among a jury who wanted to convict a 21 year old African American girl on dubious DUI charges.
I am a registered Independent with a record of voting mostly for Democrats. In fact, I became a naturalized citizen, after holding the green card for a number of years, just to vote for Bill Clinton. Not only that, I manned phone banks and drove senior citizen voters to polling booths to elect President Clinton. In addition, I donated to the presidential campaigns of Democrats Richard Gephard, Al Gore, John Kerry as well as organize fund raisers for couple of Democratic Congressmen.
Why did I vote for Donald Trump? Though I fully support his “America First” campaign, I want to mention an important concern I had that drove me to vote for Donald Trump. No matter who won the Presidency, it was very clear that the republicans were going to control the House of Representatives because of the “gerrymandering” engineered after the so called Obama Health Care Act was passed. It is very unfortunate that such a historic bill was passed by the Democrats and President Obama without the support of a single Republican. We are paying a price and will continue to pay a price for a long time because of this unilateral action.
If Hillary Clinton was elected, it was my opinion that the Government would have been paralyzed during her entire term. The Republican controlled Congress would not have passed anything that President Hillary Clinton proposed and instead subjected her to endless investigations about the email scandal. In short, the Government would have become totally impotent and would have survived from one budget cycle to another by extending the ever increasing budget deficit at the last minute. Pretty soon we would have been a third world country.