I'm writing this from a place of genuine confusion. Trump's candidacy genuinely confuses the hell out of me: how he got where he is today, how he gained serious support, how anybody came to follow his policies.
Like me, Trump supporters probably thought he was joking when he announced his intentions to run for president. Nobody thought he was serious. Nobody thought he was fit to be president. But then the support poured in.
Free pass should be Donald Trump's middle name. No matter how many deeply offensive things he says, no matter how long he goes without paying federal income taxes, he is always given a free pass.
Trump supporters always have an excuse to justify his actions. Yet these are the same people who fiercely criticize every single thing that Hillary Clinton does, actions that don't even begin to compare to the astonishing, offensive, and just plain fucked up things that they excuse Trump for.
No matter what you think of her policies, Hillary Clinton is the prime example of how a woman can work hard, make it to the top of her field, and still have to compete against a highly unqualified man.
How many times does Donald Trump have to make demeaning, misogynistic comments about and towards women before his supporters realize there's a problem? How much evidence of his failure to pay taxes has to be uncovered before the excuses stop coming? How can anybody listen to him seriously talk about "grabbing women by the pussy" - an explicit comment promoting sexual assault - and still vote for him to become the leader of our country?
There is simply no denying that any candidate, especially a female candidate, who behaved the way Trump does, would immediately be disqualified. The entire country would speak out against them. Hillary Clinton faces this every day. So why does Trump get away with it? If his behavior is excusable to anybody, they need to check themselves.
If anybody can come up with an explanation for why Trump deserves the presidency that isn't a blatant half-hearted excuse, let me know.