·Posted 43 minutes ago“I have questioned my vote for him since day one, but when he said ‘it is what it is’ about the COVID deaths, I was done.”
The US presidential election is right around the corner (on Nov. 3!), so we asked the BuzzFeed Community one specific question: If you voted for Donald Trump in 2016 but don’t plan on voting for him in 2020, what was your breaking point? Here are some of the top responses.
“I have questioned my vote for him since day one, but when he said ‘it is what it is‘ about the COVID deaths, I was done. I physically raged and removed any Facebook friend who continued to overtly support him.”
“My dad voted for Trump because he was a change to our political climate. However, since Trump took office, it’s been one mess after another. My dad is in an at-risk age group for COVID, and my mom was a healthcare worker for over 30 years. They believe in science, but Trump doesn’t, so they plan on voting for Biden.”
“My uncle was a Trump supporter because he thought Trump was for taxing the rich and not the working class. Then he found out that Trump only paid $750 in income taxes [in 2016 and 2017].”
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—lucyjmanA New York Times report found that Donald Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and another $750 in 2017, and he “paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years — largely because he reported losing much more money than he made.”
“I voted for Trump my freshman year in 2016, but when he announced he would be banning transgender people from the military, I was taken aback and reconsidered why I supported him. As a gay man, I realized Trump was attacking my community. From there, my politics slowly became more and more liberal.”
“For me, it was when he pepper-sprayed his own people to go get a Bible picture at the church. I mean, I was making excuses and rationalizing too much anyway, but, yeah, economy be damned, that was really messed up.”
“Oh, and I pay more taxes than he does in a year and probably make less than 1% of what he makes in a year. I am embarrassed that I ever supported him in the first place.”—caitlan5
“I come from a family of diehard Trump supporters. I voted for him in 2016 because I was ‘supposed to,’ but there are things that came about in the last couple of years that downright pissed me off: the mishandling of Hurricane Maria’s aftermath in Puerto Rico in 2017, and putting children in cages, among other things.”
“My final straw was his hideous reaction to COVID and the BLM protests when he hid in the White House and turned off the lights. It was an absolutely disgusting reaction, as it’s HIS job to unite the country, and he absolutely failed at that.”
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“The tipping point for my husband started with Trump’s lying about the turnout for his inauguration. It clearly spiraled from there.”
“His blatant disregard of COVID-19 at the beginning of the pandemic showed me that he didn’t care about us, because now 220,000 Americans are dead, and he has the audacity to criticize Governor Gretchen Whitmer for making people wear masks.”
The President mentions the Governor of Michigan, the crowd chants lock her up, and the President says lock them all up
“I can’t live at the apartment I’m paying rent for on my college campus because I’m high-risk and don’t feel safe. I can’t support a man who calls American deaths a hoax when he could have prevented them.”—maryz4b67
“My mother voted for Trump in the 2016 election. Her breaking point was his horrific response to the COVID-19 pandemic, his response to Black Lives Matter, and his refusal to condemn white supremacy.”
Chris Wallace: “Are you willing, tonight, to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down…”
Trump: “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by! But I’ll tell you what, somebody’s got to do something about antifa and the left.”
And “I’m honestly not sure what the last straw was, but my voter ballot came in the mail, and all I could think was, ‘I’m an idiot if I vote for Trump again.'”
The US presidential election is on Nov. 3, and early voting has already started in some states. If you haven’t registered to vote, want to check your voter status, or want to request a mail-in ballot, you can do so here.
Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.