When I decided to vote for President Trump, I knew of him but not much about him. Donald Trump has been in my living room since I was a child back in the late seventies. In Atlantic City, his name was plastered everywhere from parking lots to casinos. Although he was a household name during the late eighties, I wasn’t that impressed by him. When you live in New Jersey, you encounter many Donald Trumps. People that try to overwhelm you with brashness, boldness, and bluster.
While living In Atlantic City, I saw the good, bad and ugly with Donald Trump. I remember when he first started building his casinos and all the contentious legal battles he waged against homeowners that refused to settle or vacate their homes. I also remember when he filed for bankruptcy. Many contractors got stiffed and his checks bounced. I also remember many celebrities like Michael Jackson and Mike Tyson who would go to his casino to perform and entertain. I never was in the camp that Donald Trump was the devil incarnate.
My first encounter with Donald Trump was in 1992 when I did charity work for an African American woman named Sister Jean Webster. She was a Taj Mahal employee who, while walking home from work, encountered a homeless person eating out of a dumpster and decided to take him home and make him a meal. She then began a soup kitchen, and Donald Trump funded it free of fanfare, so his generosity is known while the Main Stream Media never reports it.
While I knew of Donald Trump, he never came off to me as remarkable or presidential material. Whenever I heard him on TV discussing politics, while he was engaging, he acted more like a typical New York mob boss than someone I saw as the future president. Most of the time I tuned him out, and admit I never saw one episode of the Apprentice.
In 2012, I still idolized Barack Obama. He was our first black president, and I was invested in seeing that his presidency would be successful. However, I started seeing a side of Barack Obama that made me feel uncomfortable. During that period I thought Donald Trump was a crackpot. He was promoting the Birther Movement and questioning Barack Obama’s legitimacy. Barack Obama humiliated him, while at the same time putting a bullet through Osama Bin Ladin head, and I thought Trump’s big mouth was finally silenced. If someone told me that Donald Trump would proceed Barack Obama as president. I would’ve said, check yourself into a Mental Health facility
By 2012, I started becoming “Red-Pilled” about liberalism. Liberals were big on reducing equality. I didn’t believe in taking money from someone doing good to support people that are doing bad. I’ve heard feminists make arguments they should have control over their bodies, but at the same time wanting society to pay for the contraception and birth control. I believe in freedom of speech, not political correctness. I’d rather deal with a man that is forthright and honest than all these people who pretend to be your friends and betray you the first chance they get. Despite having these disagreements with the Left, in 2012 I voted for Barack Obama over Mitt Romney.
However, after I helped re-elect Barack Obama, I instantly regretted it. Everything seemed to unravel starting with the riots in Ferguson and Baltimore. Hillary Clinton’s policy of regime change in Libya and Egypt destabilized the Middle East and allowed Iran to become the number one sponsor of terror while Barack Obama refused to name who was responsible: Fundamental Islamic extremists. I was disturbed by how President Obama sought the approval of global leaders while abandoning Americans here at home.
If you add that Barack Obama was the worst economic president in history. He refused to listen to the business community and slapped thousands of onerous regulations that stifled growth. President Obama was the only president in history to never grow the economy at 3%. My breaking point was when he tried to push the Paris Accords and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This would have given away our sovereignty to Asian countries such as China and Japan.
By 2014 I abandoned the Democrats and voted for Maryland governor Larry Hogan. He’s been a great governor for the state of Maryland because, although conservative, he’s pragmatic by working with Marylands Left-wing legislators, trying to find solutions rather than staying in an ideological bunker.
By 2016, I was ready to vote Republican as long as there wasn’t a Bush at the head of the ticket. However, I never thought Donald Trump would be that Republican. When he came down those steps and announced I don’t think anyone believed America was about to go in a different direction.
Although I knew about his past, I decided to take a chance because in some ways he reminds me of an old-school liberal than a conservative. He comes from the place America is best when Americans are allowed to work and produce, rather than have rules imposed on them by a Washington establishment that has lost its grip on reality.