Is it true that most academics are Democrats?
Trump's policies convince many Americans
The tweets bothers them, but even after four years, many Americans are enthusiastic about Donald Trump - including academics, entrepreneurs and Latinos. They tell why they will vote for Trump this time too.
Francis Buckley, 72, Professor at George Mason University, Virginia
I'm not the only academic who supports Donald Trump, but I am one of the few who publicly admit it. Many of my colleagues fear repercussions in their faculties or in the academic environment if they publicly profess to be president. I, in turn, can afford that, as a professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University in Fairfax, I work in a very conservative environment.
In 2016, I wrote a letter of support for Donald Trump and won around 150 academics to join me. Most of the signatories were already retired and did not have to fear any professional consequences. That is the problem in the US today: the left is suppressing free speech.
I am originally from Canada, where I taught for a long time at McGill University in Montreal and have also been an American citizen since 2014. I live in Virginia with my wife, our two cats and two German Shepherds, on the other side of the Potomac and the Washington State capital. My grown daughter lives in Seattle.
In Canada I was a supporter of the Tories, but I also once voted for Pierre Trudeau. In the US, however, I am disgusted with today's Democrats. The party that once fought for the economic rise of the lower and middle classes is now the party of gender and racial issues that censors other opinions. It is an elite party that looks down pityingly on the less educated.
Mobility from a lower social class to the next higher is considered an American dream. But compared to other countries, the US is now pretty immobile. I consider Canada and Switzerland to be much more permeable societies.
When Donald Trump took to the political stage in 2015, my wife and I soon supported him. In the spring of 2016, I began to write speeches for Trump over and over again, and I still do that today. He fights against class inequality. Before the pandemic, thanks to Trump, we had the lowest unemployment rate in fifty years. In particular, wages for citizens with no or at most a high school degree have risen.
Unfortunately, as president, Trump still behaves as if he were campaigning. He was pushed to do this by bad advisers like Stephen Bannon. At the same time, it's not in Trump's DNA to be nicer; you could also ask him to be 2 meters 10.
I also regret that we have not yet found a replacement for the “Obamacare” health care reform and that some tax loopholes persisted even after the 2017 reform. Trump did not manage to get the party on his side in these projects, so he was not a good “deal maker”. For me, the main problem lies in the American constitution. The legislative process here is very cumbersome and takes a long time; in Canada it is more efficient.
I'm gradually starting to take a long-term perspective: it may well be that the Democrats will clear everything in November. Then we will see a departure from constitutional norms. The current debate about increasing the number of Supreme Court judges is, for me, an indication of this. That would be tantamount to destroying the constitution! The rule of law will disappear, and violence in the country will increase. I've just written a book about it, it's called the American Secession. Perhaps splitting up the country would be a sensible solution to our irreconcilable party political differences.
Denise Galvez, 45 years old, entrepreneur from Miami, Florida
I am one of more than 1.5 million Cuban Americans in Florida. My parents fled Cuba when they were 12 and 16 years old and met here. I myself have never been to Cuba and will never travel there until there is a regime change. My grandfather died a political prisoner when my mother was little. I grew up hearing stories about communism and what it did to our country and our families. It is important to me that the US take a tough stance on the regime in Havana. It was right that Trump revised the normalization of relations with Havana initiated by Barack Obama.
In the 2016 election campaign, I first supported our Senator Marco Rubio, but when Trump became the Republican candidate, I started digging deeper into him. I was amazed that as a successful businessman he really didn't have to do this job. That he does it anyway shows me how much he loves our country.
People often think that Latinos have to be against Trump, but that's not the case with us Cubans. In 2016 I founded the group “Latinas por Trump” with two friends and organized events in Miami with thousands of participants. Other Latinos then abused and threatened us. I also met Trump personally and thanked him on behalf of my grandfather for taking a position of hardship towards the dictators in Cuba. This year, too, our group is organizing many events. We also have lists of voters that we call to make sure they vote too. We Latinos are “soft voters”, so we often don't vote; it has to be different this year.
I myself live in Miami with my husband and our three children. In “Little Havana”, as the Cuban quarter is called here, I advise small and medium-sized companies on marketing. As a businesswoman, I am against government regulations. In that regard, I am very pleased with Trump. Positioning was difficult, however, when the government separated migrant children from their parents at the border. But it was ultimately a consequence of Congress failing to reform immigration laws in decades. This is not Trump's fault - but it is important to me that there is finally a reform. I work with many migrants who finally need a work visa and permanent residence status. They have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic and the economic crisis.
I also wish Trump would act differently when he represents the United States than when he is at a campaign rally. At first it bothered me more, now I think that it is really difficult for him because the media are so unfair with him.
James Chung, 50 years old, ¨Manager of a software company in San Jose, California
I work as a manager at a software company in San Jose and have worked for several large technology companies over the past 25 years. Silicon Valley is considered a left stronghold, which is also due to the fact that the voices of the Democrats are often the loudest. Sometimes the intolerance of the left bothers me here, for example in the current debate about our police officers. I support the Black Lives Matter movement, but I also have friends who are police officers and I admire their work as much as that of teachers and firefighters. The intolerance here in Silicon Valley has gotten so far that I can no longer go out on the street with a t-shirt to support the police that I have had for years. I would be bullied about it. That shouldn't really be the case in a free country.
For decades I was registered as a democrat myself - but I always looked more at the candidate than at the party affiliation. The last Democratic presidential candidate I voted for was Bill Clinton. I was born in South Korea, came to the Bay Area when I was twelve and have lived in San Jose ever since, now with my wife and our three grown sons, one of whom is disabled. I only officially changed my party affiliation when four years ago the election staff of Jeb Bush asked me if I would be responsible for the technology in his presidential campaign.
When Donald Trump then beat Bush and became the Republican candidate, I supported him - simply because he was now the candidate of the party whose agenda tended to appeal to me. We only have two important parties in the USA. To this day, I'm pretty happy with Trump, looking at his actions, not his words.
Trump is a classic “disruptor”, I think that's a good thing. He runs the government the same way he runs his business: if he is dissatisfied with someone, he fires them. And he does exactly what he promised - which is something new for a politician and which often annoys the media.
It is important to me that the government does a good job and spends my taxes wisely. I was very angry that the Obama's government paid $ 840 million for the Obamacare website. And I also think it's important that the government create incentives to work and not just hand out social benefits. Many social programs here are well meant but poorly implemented.
The only thing that bothers me about the Trump administration in terms of content is the enormous debts that we have now accumulated - they have increased even more as a result of the Corona crisis. In order for me to vote for Joe Biden, however, the Democrats would have to send out a fundamental signal for change, such as introducing term restrictions for members of Congress.
Sherry Rossiter, 73 years, Psychologist from Missoula, Montana
I was the first female helicopter pilot in California's National Guard, and served there for six years. Thanks to my military service, I was able to study psychology. Today I work as a private therapist in Montana, in the university town of Missoula.
Missoula is one of the few democratic cities in our state, and my husband Steve and I are among the few open supporters of Donald Trump here. We have put up signs with Trump's name in our front yard, and we also support other Republican candidates. Steve has attached a large wooden plaque with a poster to the loading area of our vehicle, which we had specially made in a print shop. It says, “Let's make America great again - we did it once and we can do it again. Vote Trump 2020! " Sometimes car drivers passing by show us their thumbs up in appreciation, also here in Missoula.
I used to vote democratically for a long time, but when I opened my own practice, I realized which party was on the side of the entrepreneurs. Especially in California, where Steve and I lived for a long time, the Democrats made life difficult for business people with new regulations.
In California, we never saw our congressmen, they are all career politicians. It was different when we first moved to Idaho and finally to Montana, it was 21 years ago. With just one million people in Montana, almost every vote counts, so you meet your MPs again and again. We like it here so much that we will never move back - even if Montana has suffered from the Democratic governor in recent times.
We knew Donald Trump from the television series "The Apprentice", Steve and I had watched one or two seasons. We valued Trump's advice as a businessman back then. In the 2016 election campaign, I was first for Ted Cruz, but in the course of the debates Trump convinced me. You could tell that he's no fool. I also like that he says what he thinks so directly.
Unlike all the career politicians before him, he keeps his promises, for example by moving the American embassy to Jerusalem. Trump didn't need the job, he's only doing it because he really loves America. Sometimes his behavior upsets me a little, but I separate that from what he achieves for our country.
Our media world is full of lies. People no longer think for themselves, they believe everything that is presented to them. I too used to simply trust Fox News, but now I check the facts myself. I like to do research, for example with the help of the Rush Limbaugh radio show or the Breitbart News website.
The “Black Lives Matter” protests in the country upset me. Law and order are important to me, these riots in our cities must stop. That the US is supposed to be a racist country is a lie. I also don't understand what the demonstrators are upset about. People should be grateful that they can live in America with all its possibilities.
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