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YES, I SAID IT. GASP! At the risk of alienating part of my audience, it’s time to come clean. This post has been a long time coming, as I’ve tried to repeatedly smother my disdain for the cringeworthy statements this horrible man makes, but I can’t hold back any longer. I’m going to tell you why I believe Trump supporters can’t be considered worldly, but for now, let’s go on to read one of the MOST SHARED Facebook posts of ALL TIME. It is an open letter to Donald trump from Humans of New York creator Brandon Stanton:
“I try my hardest not to be political. I’ve refused to interview several of your fellow candidates. I didn’t want to risk any personal goodwill by appearing to take sides in a contentious election. I thought: ‘Maybe the timing is not right.’ But I realize now that there is no correct time to oppose violence and prejudice. The time is always now. Because along with millions of Americans, I’ve come to realize that opposing you is no longer a political decision. It is a moral one.
I’ve watched you retweet racist images. I’ve watched you retweet racist lies. I’ve watched you take 48 hours to disavow white supremacy. I’ve watched you joyfully encourage violence, and promise to ‘pay the legal fees’ of those who commit violence on your behalf. I’ve watched you advocate the use of torture and the murder of terrorists’ families. I’ve watched you gleefully tell stories of executing Muslims with bullets dipped in pig blood. I’ve watched you compare refugees to ‘snakes,’ and claim that ‘Islam hates us.’
I am a journalist, Mr. Trump. And over the last two years I have conducted extensive interviews with hundreds of Muslims, chosen at random, on the streets of Iran, Iraq, and Pakistan. I’ve also interviewed hundreds of Syrian and Iraqi refugees across seven different countries. And I can confirm— the hateful one is you.
Those of us who have been paying attention will not allow you to rebrand yourself. You are not a ‘unifier.’ You are not ‘presidential.’ You are not a ‘victim’ of the very anger that you’ve joyfully enflamed for months. You are a man who has encouraged prejudice and violence in the pursuit of personal power. And though your words will no doubt change over the next few months, you will always remain who you are.
The line which stands out the most to me from his open letter is that this is no longer a political issue, it is a MORAL ONE. IT IS A HUMAN ISSUE. If you wouldn’t put up with someone wearing Nazi symbols or holding KKK rallies, you SHOULDN’T PUT UP WITH THIS EITHER. I did just compare them, because they are both filled with hate and lies. Frankly, it’s utterly embarrassing that he has made it this far. I could write about my hatred of him until the cows come home, but I’ll hold myself back so I can properly state exactly what this has to do with travel. My passion gets the best of me at times.
I got into an argument the other day with a few fairly known travel bloggers in the industry. I was astounded that they were actually sticking up for and supporting this horrible being. I told them I wasn’t sure HOW a person could consider themselves worldly and continue to support this man. But it’s true. They actually do exist. After seeing a racist, egotistical, lying, and manipulative man proudly spew hatred across the nation, they stood by. Shockingly, there are supporters of his far and wide who HAVE traveled extensively. That’s when I came to the realization that there are two types of travelers within this context. There are people who travel to TALK/BRAG ABOUT IT, and there are people who travel BECAUSE THEY’RE PASSIONATE, CULTURED, and COMPASSIONATE toward others.
How could a person who has traveled to the ends of the Earth and witnessed humble and impoverished nations be so blind? They are the same people who ONLY travel and/or stay at Americanized places. They are the people who have not been to the dirt poor areas of Mexico to see a child’s face light up when offered real toys instead of sticks and rocks. They see every Muslim as an immigrant and terrorist. By the way, UNLESS YOU ARE 100% native american, WE ARE ALL IMMIGRANTS!
They are affluent egotistical people who only stay at five star resorts and don’t want to be taxed more. They are the people who don’t give a nickel to a homeless person because they ignorantly believe that every person has the same opportunities in life; as if growing up in a low-income, and crime heavy neighborhood is somehow the same as being raised by a white wealthy family in a prominent area. Guess what. Those two people have VERY different opportunities in life!
Have you ever had a conversation with the person who always has to one up you? They are the person that always seems to INJECT their travel stories into dialogue. It’s REALLY ANNOYING! That person is the same one supporting Chump. They don’t travel because they are passionate about it, they do it because it makes them look better or more wealthy and fulfills their ego. I’ve had it with the ignorance of Chump supporters, and frankly, people who legitimately travel for a living and support him just make travel look bad! I’m talking about those who travel consistently, not people who just take a vacation once a year to Mexico and consider themselves a traveler.
I realize this is going to put some people’s panties in a wad. I’m certain I will have people tell me to stick with my travel knowledge, but the time has come to RISE UP and make it known that we do not stand with this man and his circus antics. To everyone abroad wondering what we are thinking, we are NOT all on the Chump bandwagon. To everyone who will disagree, feel free to impart your wisdom of ONE good thing this man would do for our country. As most Chump supporters are white and uneducated (please read Trump speaks at a 4th grade level) I’d love to have you respond with something that might change my mind.
Please understand that love trumps hate. Every time. Do not live in fear. Be kind!
Do you agree or disagree that Trump supporters can’t be considered worldly? If you consider yourself worldly and support him, tell me why!