I have never voted for Donald Trump. In this brief post I will attempt to explain why not.
In the Fall of 2015 I began the process of deciding who I would vote for in the 2016 Republican Primary in my home state of Illinois and who I would then vote for in the subsequent Presidential election.
I watched every debate and did much research as I tried to reach my eventual decision. There were 17 candidates running for President to begin with. This article lists all 17.
After watching 2 rounds of debates I had decided that there were 15 candidates that I would be able to support if they eventully received the nomination. Donald Trump was one of the 2 I decided I would not be able to vote for if he won the nomination.
In the time between making that decision and the Illinois Republican Primary nothing happened to change my mind about that decision. In fact, by the time the Primary came along I was even more certain that I could not in good conscience support Trump and did not vote for him. This post written in Feb of 2016 goes into greater detail why at the time I thought I “would never vote for him.”
In the months that led up to the general election nothing changed my conviction that I could not support Mr. Trump. Again when election day 2016 came on the first Tuesday of November I did not vote for Trump.
After Trump was inaugurated I quickly came to the opinion that Preisdent Trump was a far worse president than I thought he was going to be. (This post I wrote in the summer of 2019 urges people to hold Trump accountable for his actions.) As a result I did not vote for him in the Illinois Primary this past March. Shortly after the primary election I came to the opinion that President Trump was a much worse president during the pandemic crisis than he was prior to it. I also came to the opinion sometime this Spring or Summer that President Trump was a much worse incumbent candidate than he was when he was first seeking the office.
As a result this past November I did not vote for President Trump on the 4th time that I was given the opportunity to do so.
In summary I decided in the Fall of 2015 that I would not be able to vote for Trump and nothing in the 5 years that followed changed my mind. So at each opportunity I have either voted for someone else or have left that part of my ballot blank.
I’m certain I could explain this in further detail, but I fear that if I did, it would cease to be a brief history.