These are the reasons why “nasty women” like me are voting against Donald Trump.
He’s going to learn this the hard way.
Tomorrow is finally—finally—Election Day. But for weeks, Donald Trump has been whining about things being rigged. Anyone with kids knows that crying about imaginary cheating is the last resort of a sore loser.
Let’s be clear: The game is rigged—but for rich and powerful guys like Trump. And leveling the playing field is really what this election is all about.
Just look at how a man like Trump can take advantage of the system: He inherited a fortune and kept it going by cheating and scamming people. Time and again, he’s preyed on people in debt, people who have fallen on hard times. He’s conned them, defrauded them, ripped them off.
Trump has been telling us—and showing us—exactly who he is for decades. We need to listen.
Shortly before the financial crisis that wiped out millions of homeowners, millions of jobs, and billions of dollars in savings, Trump said he was excited about the coming crash because it meant he could scoop up some more real estate on the cheap. What kind of man does that? What kind of man roots for people to lose their homes?
A small, insecure money-grubber. A man who will never be president of the United States.
Trump stiffed painters and plumbers and construction workers, the people and small businesses who built things at his golf courses and his casinos. And he stiffed them knowing that if they stood up and tried to defend themselves, his high-priced attorneys would just pound them into the ground. What kind of man does that?
A pathetic bully. A man who will never be president of the United States.
Trump ran a fake university that swindled people out of their life savings. When his victims took him to court, he attacked the judge for being Mexican-American. What kind of man does that?
An oily con man. A man who will never be president of United States.
Trump is too chicken to release his tax returns, but during the debate, he said he was smart for avoiding paying taxes—which means he thinks all of us who pay taxes are dumb. Everyone who pays taxes to keep our roads and bridges working is dumb. Everyone who pays taxes to support our world-class military is dumb. Everyone who pays taxes to support medical and scientific research is dumb. He scoops up all those benefits you paid for and doesn’t chip in a dime himself. What kind of man does that?
A selfish cheapskate. A man who will never be president of the United States.
So how does Trump plan to win? By fanning the flames of hatred. By turning neighbor against neighbor. By persuading you that the real problem in America is your fellow Americans—people who don’t look like you, or don’t talk like you, or don’t worship like you.
When we turn on each other, bankers can run our economy for Wall Street, oil companies can fight off clean energy, and multinational corporations can ship the last good jobs overseas. When we turn on each other, rich guys like Trump can push through more tax breaks for themselves. When we turn on each other, we’ll never have enough money to support our schools or rebuild our highways or invest in our kids’ future.
The way I see it: We can whimper, we can whine, or we can fight back.
According to Trump, a woman who fights back is a “nasty woman.” Well, I’ve got news for Trump: Nasty women are tough. Nasty women are smart. And nasty women (and friends of nasty women) vote.
And the woman he labeled nasty on the debate stage—Hillary Clinton—has spent her whole career standing up to bullies like Trump. She has been on the receiving end of one attack after another for more than 30 years now. And I’ll tell you this about her: She doesn’t back down. She doesn’t whimper. She doesn’t whine. She doesn’t run to Twitter to call her opponent a loser at 3 a.m.
She just remembers the kids, the women, the families who need her most, and she gets up every day and gets out there and fights for them.
Hillary has brains. She has guts. She has a thick skin and steady hands. And most of all, she has basic decency. And that’s what America needs.
There’s one more thing America needs, and that’s Hillary’s agenda. Hillary has campaigned on an unambiguously progressive agenda: Debt-free college. Raising the minimum wage. Protecting and expanding Social Security. Equal pay for women. Paid family and medical leave. Early childhood education and child care. Overturning Citizens United. Protecting Dodd-Frank and expanding Wall Street reform to stop the big banks from crashing our economy again. If we want a fighting chance to pass that agenda, we need to fight for it—and that means fighting for Hillary.
Trump doesn’t have any plans. He only has insults. He calls African Americans thugs. He calls Muslims terrorists. He calls Latinos criminals. He brags about sexually assaulting women. That’s all he has. Because at the end of the day, Trump only cares about one person, and that’s Donald Trump.
Ultimately, what this election comes down to is our values. It’s not about one person, and it’s not about one candidate. It’s about a movement—a strong, powerful, vibrant movement to make real change in this country.
If you believe that racism and sexism and bigotry have no place in our country, if you believe that diversity makes us stronger as a nation, if you believe it’s time to level the playing field and build a future not just for some of our kids, but all of our kids—then vote. Make your voice heard.