Last week, CNN made us aware that Donald Trump’s children, Eric and Ivanka, will not be able to vote for their father in the New York State Primary. Due to their lack of awareness of New York State’s voter rules and regulations, Eric (32 years old) and Ivanka (34 years old) said that they feel “guilty” that they are unable to support their father in the state’s primary. As a New York native, I can understand that the voter registration regulations can be difficult to understand, but by the time you are in your early to mid-thirties, you should probably make an intentional attempt to figure them out…especially if your father is running for President of the United States. Not only is Trump losing the voting support of his own children, he also is not doing so well with two demographic segments that I am a part of — women and millennials.
Recently, Trump made the statement that there should be “some form of punishment” for women who get abortions. This comment attracted quite a bit of negative attention from both Republicans and Democrats, according to the Business Insider, and he has since backpedaled on his statement by explaining what he “actually” meant, which was that abortions should be illegal and anyone who gets one should be criminally charged. But, keep in mind, this is not the first time Mr. Trump has made an ignorant, hurtful or sexist comment directed at women. Even in the beginning of his campaign, Trump made degrading comments by addressing sexual assault in the military in the most sexist way possible by tweeting “26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military- only 238 convictions what did these geniuses expect when they put men and women together?” He then took it even further tweeting, “The Generals and top military brass never wanted a mixer but were forced to do it by very dumb politicians who wanted to be politically C(orrect)!” As a women, these comments make me sick to my stomach. Not only because they set us back about 100 years, but because Trump is somehow the top-polling Republican Candidate and likely to win the nomination. Even as a registered Republican voter, these are not policies or ideas that I agree with nor want our candidate to represent. Politico held a poll and as of April 1, 2016 Trump is polling unfavorably with 70% of women voters. Although this gives me some hope, it is still not enough.
In addition to his unpopularity amongst women, Trump has not been polling well with millennials, and yes that includes those young voters that associate themselves with the Republican Party. In fact, NBC’s exit polls found that 18-29 year olds are the least likely to support Trump. Julia Glum, a reporter for the Washington Times recently traveled to college campuses all over the country to try and figure out what millennial voters dislike about Trump. Their overall concerns were that his policies were too divisive, leaving no room whatsoever for parties to compromise, and that his campaign lacks substance making it sounds like every policy he has in place is just another “talking point”. If I am being honest, I do not disagree with what these students are saying. Politicians need to remember that millennials don’t vote because we feel like we have to; we vote because we want to make a difference and impact change. We want to feel like we have some sort of say or influence in what happens in this country. If Trump wins the nomination for the Republican Party, it places republican millennial voters like myself between a rock and a hard place.
I want to help make a difference, and fulfill my civic duty to be an active member of my community, but when election day rolls around I will not put my morals and beliefs at stake by voting for Mr. Trump, regardless of my political affiliation. In order to “Make America Great Again”, women and millennials should stand their ground and not elect someone who will diminish the importance of women’s rights and equality. As American citizens, our voices are too important to tolerate such hate from someone who could possibly become one of the most influential people in our country.
Written by: Alyssa Dudley
A senior communication major at the College of Charleston, Alyssa serves as a member of the Event Management team for the Bully Pulpit Series. As of recent, Dudley took a coordinator position at the Palmetto Warrior Connection. Congratulations Alyssa!