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I’m sure you clicked on this article for one of two reasons: you either support Donald Trump in his race for the presidency OR you utterly hate his “orange, stupid face” and are “With Her.” I am not here to persuade you to vote for Mr. Trump or mollify your opinions about the man. What I am here to do is express my support of him as a fellow collegiette.

You may be asking yourself, “Why is this written anonymously?” The answer is simple: I fear that in attaching my name to this article, I may be risking my personal safety. There have been countless threats sent to Donald Trump supporters and there’s even been an isolated incident via Snapchat at MSU. 

Now, in spite of this, there’s a little background information about me that I’d like you all to know – I am a mid-twenties, white (liberal) republican from a working-class area. I have held steady jobs since I was fourteen and have been a law abiding citizen all my life.

These are my reasons for supporting Donald Trump.

His Plan of Action for Gun Control

Gun control is a very serious matter in the United States. There is no denying that gun related incidents are at an all-time high, especially when it comes to mass shootings. While this can be attributed to the absurd definition of a mass shooting being “a casualty of four of more people at once” (according to the FBI’s definition of mass murder), this can also undeniably be looked upon as a direct outcome of, in my opinion, a “loose” policy for those purchasing a firearm. While President Obama planned to put a ban on assault weapons, he never saw it through. Donald Trump, however, plans to make the streets of America safer while still rightfully pushing for the self-defense of its citizens. His plan includes stricter prosecution of “violent criminals” as well as making sure that mentally ill citizens do not gain access to guns, which could gravely endanger the citizens in our country. By doing these things, Americans will still have the right to bear arms, but in a significantly safer way.

His Immigration Policies

If you’re expecting me to harp on how I believe we should “build a wall” you are sorely mistaken. While this is what the majority of conflicted voters regard as Mr. Trump’s immigration policy, it is much much more than that. Yes, his plan includes removing any illegal, non-law abiding immigrants and refugees from the country. However, it is incomparably important to note that immigrants and refugees, illegal and legal, shall be welcomed with open arms should they “embrace” American policies and beliefs. This is, in my opinion, the most crucial part of his immigration plan that the media has continually left uncovered due to their ever skyrocketing obsession over his plan to “build a wall” (which, realistically, would more than likely not be completed during one term of presidency due to the necessary involvement of Congress as well as Mexico.)

No One is Grabbing My Lady Bits: Not Now, Not Ever

I don’t know how you were raised, but I am exceptionally proud of my aptness to defend myself and my body. My body is mine and a temple that I control. While I do not share many sentiments with democratic “feminists” (a word used comparatively and in the direction of radical feminists), one I do share nonetheless is the right to my body and it’s consent as well as standing up vocally and physically when someone tries to inundate my space. However, some feminists were affronted by his statement, taking the time to make viral videos where they’d “rant” about how offensive it was and seemingly victimize themselves against a man’s “lewd” comments from over a decade ago. Everyone has skeletons in their closet, and when released, as in the case of Donald’s statements, they’re rightfully apologized for. This, brings me to my next point:

People Constantly Say Stupid Things and Political Candidates Are No Exception

I will be the first to admit that Donald Trump is not the most level-headed and eloquent individual on the planet. That being said, can you honestly lay your head on your pillow at night and actually say to yourself that you have never once over-reacted or lost your cool? One of the considerable problems with those in the spotlight is that ordinary beings, such as the everyday voter, forget that the humans we place on pedestals (see the Kardashians, political candidates, Malia Obama) are just that – humans. I don’t know about you, but I definitely cannot stand behind the things I said as a sixteen-year-old brat and that’s because I have grown. I’ve matured and through that, formulated new opinions, much in the same way that Donald Trump is no longer the person he was when he uttered many of his more detestable comments.

As a republican and a woman, I cannot put my faith in Hillary Clinton to be the next president of the United States.

To me, electing someone currently under federal investigation for breach of security of the very country she is campaigning to run is absolutely flabbergasting. I find that her campaign is being run on almost solely hypocrisy: slandering Donald Trump for lewd comments while she is constantly contradicting herself from decade old interviews and, of course, she refuses to release her infamous emails while badgering Mr. Trump for his tax forms day in and day out.

Regardless of where you stand, or how vocal you are in your beliefs, I urge you to research your candidate fully using reputable sources before stepping into the polls on Tuesday. But above all, I implore you all to get out and vote. After all, it is not only your civic duty, but it is your right as an American. In this election, your vote can and will make a difference.

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Sarah Vazquez is a senior at Montclair State University, majoring in English and minoring in Journalism. She is the current Editor-in-Chief and a Co-Campus Correspondent at Her Campus Montclair. She is an avid concert-goer, podcast junkie, X-Files fanatic and someone who always has her nose buried deep inside a book.