Trigger warning: sexual assault
The United States of America is royally messed up.
Since November 2016, I feel like I’ve been living in some kind of dystopian novel. I, like all my fellow Americans, have spent the past three years under the rule of Donald Trump. In 50 years, when I tell my grandchildren about this, they’ll probably think Grandma is telling tall tales. Honestly, I don’t quite believe it all myself.
I’ve come to realize that most politicians are corrupt. No one gets to the top without making promises they can’t keep. Even people with the best intentions will lie if it makes people support their cause. But never in my life have I seen a leader so shameless about their own corruption or backwardness. To be blunt, Trump is a misogynistic, lying bigot, and he’s proud of that.
A few months ago, I was very hopeful that the 2020 election would restore some sort of normalcy to the United States. We had a wide variety of Democratic candidates who seemed eager to make change for our country. My first choices were Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders because they were the perfect opposite of everything Trump stood for. After Warren dropped out, I was 100% down for the inauguration of President Sanders. However, it’s Joe Biden who’s been leading the primaries.
The same Joe Biden who’s been accused of sexual assault.
I had heard people refer to Biden as a “creep”, but I had no idea that he was involved in something so terrible until I saw Tara Reade’s interview earlier this week. With all the mudslinging in political campaigns, it’s sometimes hard to know what’s true. However, there’s no denying this testimony.
Sexual assault is a crime, and a criminal should not be our president.
I believe all the women who spoke against Joe Biden. I believe Joe Biden is a criminal.
Joe Biden belongs in jail, not in the White House.
I also believe all the women who spoke against Donald Trump. I believe Donald Trump is a criminal.
Donald Trump belongs in jail, not in the White House.
That’s the ugly truth of this country we live in. Both presidential candidates are sex offenders, and neither one has received any punishment for it.
This brings to light a dark truth about society: People don’t see sexual assault as a “real” crime.
If Biden was accused of breaking into someone’s house and hitting an innocent woman in the face with a golf club, he’d be getting sent down to the courthouse in handcuffs for trial already, because we all know that is wrong. But when people hear allegations of sexual assault, they tend to say, “Well, there’s a gray area.” And what gray area would that be? It’s still assault. It’s still a traumatic experience for the victim. It’s still illegal. And it’s still something the President of the United States should never do.
The #MeToo movement has been a revolutionary force of empowerment for survivors, and it’s brought several high-profile offenders to justice. But we still have a long way to go. At the end of the day, Trump and Biden are not only running free on the streets, but holding major positions of power. Something needs to change.
No matter what, the election is still scheduled for November, and I’m afraid to see what will happen. Trump supporters will capitalize on the accusations against Biden and make sure every soul on Earth knows that Joe Biden is a sex offender while ignoring the dozens of allegations against Trump. Likewise, the Biden supporters will downplay Biden’s crimes and pull up the infamous reel of footage where Trump said “grab them by the p*ssy”. It’s simple hypocrisy: people point out the faults of others but never admit to their own.
I am a Democrat. In 2016, I promised I would support the Democratic candidate because “anyone is better than Trump”. However, Biden does not represent what the Democratic Party stands for. In fact, both Biden and Trump are terrible examples of the political parties they represent. Biden is not a left-wing, progressive-minded Democrat who supports women, minorities, the poor, and the LGBTQ+ community. At the same time, Trump is far from the “traditional Christian family man” of the Republican Party.
I love Bernie Sanders. I think he’s the leader this country needs right now. He’s not perfect, but his political beliefs are in line with my own, and unlike Trump and Biden, he hasn’t been accused of any crimes. If Bernie was my president, I could go to bed every night trusting that the government is doing its best to manage whatever is going on in the world. However, I know the facts: the odds of Bernie winning both the primary and the election are very slim. It’s a sad truth, but many people in the United States would rather vote for a centrist who’s been accused of sexual assault than a leftist with no accusations to his name.
There’s still a part of me that’s praying for a miracle: Bernie Sanders for president. But there’s a good chance it’s going to be either Trump or Biden. Lex Luthor or Thanos. And I hate this. I don’t want to see either of them win. I don’t want to spend the next four years under a president who thinks sexual assault is perfectly okay. But this is the world we’re living in.
With a heavy heart, I’m standing with the Democratic Party even if Biden wins the primary. It makes me furious to think that he might be our president, and I will never forget the testimonies against him. I will think of those women every time I see his face or hear his name. However, I believe he will do less damage to the United States than Trump will. We’ve already seen the havoc Trump has made in the past 3 years – Muslim refugees turned away, transgender troops denied the right to serve in the military, immigrant children separated from their parents. Biden is by no means progressive, but I trust he will not implement any policies that will restrict our rights more than anything Trump has already introduced. With Biden as president, we will have more Democrats in positions of power, and this opens up more opportunities for true progressives to make change – I am hoping he will choose Elizabeth Warren as his running mate to balance the ticket. By voting blue, we can force out not only Trump but Mike Pence, who infamously funded gay conversion therapy and supported extreme anti-abortion laws. We can clear out many of the far-right politicians who have sent this country into a downward spiral. Right now, that’s all we can do.
I will never support Biden. I can only support the campaign that will get Trump and his administration out of the government. I’m standing with the Democratic Party because I believe they’re the party that’s more likely to bring the change we need. But that doesn’t mean I will ever, ever forget the crimes of Joe Biden.
Let’s vote blue in November to stop Trump. Let’s fill the House and the Senate with dozens of good, honest Democrats. Let’s advocate for sexual assault victims and help the world understand the severity of this crime. And if we work hard enough until the next election, we might create a better version of the world where we won’t have to choose between a red shark and a blue wolf.