Punching Back After a Year of Insults

One year ago, I did something I never thought I would ever do: I voted to elect Donald Trump the next president of the United States. I remember staring in disbelief at the ballot on the screen, stifling a rueful laugh that these were actually my only choices.

I did not vote for Trump in the primary; I didn’t think he would win the nomination. There were moments, especially in September and October, when I questioned whether I could vote for him. I carefully studied my options, including Hillary Clinton. As Election Day approached, Clinton’s behavior, her lack of message, and her inauthenticity—in addition to all my other misgivings about her—made it easier to vote for Trump.

I also just had a feeling he would win (I won three bets on Election Night, including one with my husband.) Nearly everyone I knew planned to vote for Trump, including wealthy business owners, stay-at-home moms, doctors, lawyers, and a few people who had never voted for a Republican for president. I stayed up until the election was called and watched Trump’s acceptance speech, again, somewhat in disbelief.

What I did not anticipate was the rage that would soon be directed at me. It started that night on social media, and it sickened me; people I knew and respected were calling Trump voters by the most hateful names possible. Their fury was beyond irrational, it bordered on dangerous and violent. It continued for weeks. Trump voters were branded as racists, sexists, bigots, Islamophobes, homophobes, white nationalists, and Nazis. We were portrayed as brainless, uneducated backwater rubes who can’t comprehend the Constitution let alone form a cogent sentence.

That kind of ridicule has ebbed and flowed over the past year, reignited whenever something controversial happens, from proposed travel restrictions to a neo-Nazi march in a college town to NFL national-anthem protests. But one thing I know about the left (and I know plenty of liberals), is it’s easy to expose their duplicity, the chasm between what they say and how they live their lives.

Take, for example, the Hectoring Hypocrites of Hollywood, fully stripped of any remaining veneer of moral certitude. This scandal is now taking on a new twist that could engulf all the corrupt interests Trump voters want to see immolated: the entertainment industry, major media outlets, and Clinton Inc. It is they, not us, who are the bad guys.

So, after enduring insults and epithets from Trump haters over the past year, here is my retort on behalf of Trump voters everywhere:

Don’t call me stupid if you ignored all the evidence about Hillary Clinton’s corruption, ineptitude, and deceit and yet you voted for her anyway.

Don’t call me stupid if you voted for Evan McMullin. Or Gary Johnson. Or Jill Stein.

Don’t call me a racist if neither you nor your children have friends of different races.

Don’t call me a white supremacist if you live in an all-white neighborhood and send your children to all-white private schools.

Don’t call me a Nazi if you want to confiscate everyone’s guns—giving firepower only to the police and the military (and the security detail of politicians, athletes, and celebrities)—destroy historical statues and monuments, and stop the flow of free speech and ideas in academia.

Don’t say I support the war on women if you have personally attacked Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump, Kellyanne Conway, Sarah Sanders, Betsy DeVos or any other Republican female office holder.

Don’t call me an Islamophobe if you live in a town without a mosque, know no one who wears a hijab, and your children do not have friends who celebrate Eid and Ramadan.

Don’t call me a misogynist if you defended Bill Clinton and voted for his wife, who stood by his side while he sexually harassed women for decades and was impeached for lying about it.

Don’t call me un-American if the sight of a Confederate battle flag is more offensive to you than the sight of someone disrespecting the American flag.

Don’t call me anti-science if you don’t vaccinate your children, won’t eat GMOs, or think manmade climate change causes hurricanes. Also, don’t call me anti-science if you refuse to believe the evidence that unborn children feel pain or that there are only two biological sexes.

Don’t call me anti-immigrant if you’ve never spoken with one, employed one, or helped one in any way.

Don’t tell me I don’t care about children if you have never raised one.)

And don’t say, “Oh, we don’t mean you.” Yes, you do. Of course you do. Trump foes—from liberals to neoconservatives—have lumped all of us into the same space in their intellectually dishonest and politically ignorant attempt to vilify half the electorate. But they are intolerant. They are judgmental. They are the people who want to drag America down, not us. Their behavior and their actions have only reassured me that I chose the right side one year ago.

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About Julie Kelly

Julie Kelly is a political commentator and senior contributor to American Greatness. She is the author of Disloyal Opposition: How the NeverTrump Right Tried―And Failed―To Take Down the President Her past work can be found at The Federalist and National Review. She also has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Hill, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, and Genetic Literacy Project. After college graduation, she served as a policy and communications consultant for several Republican candidates and elected officials in suburban Chicago. She also volunteered for her local GOP organization. After staying home for more than 10 years to raise her two daughters, Julie began teaching cooking classes out of her home. She then started writing about food policy, agriculture, and biotechnology, as well as climate change and other scientific issues. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1990 with a degree in communications and minor degrees in political science and journalism. Julie lives in suburban Chicago with her husband, two daughters, and (unfortunately) three dogs.

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21 responses to “Punching Back After a Year of Insults

  • Ah! Another entry in Julie Kelly’s “you can’t talk about politics unless you meet my arbitrary conditions” ongoing series! I wonder who gets prohibited from speaking next!

    A couple of observations until she tells me I have to shut up too.

    • The sight of a Confederate flag *is* the sight of somebody disrespecting the American flag. That was *the whole reason for its existence.* So if the Confederate flag is so precious to you, welp, you’ve already failed your own standards. Either that, or you have no idea about history.

    • This article, though, is a nice summation of the Trumpist outlook in that it has nothing to do with advocating for much except the author’s own hurt feelings.

    • You’re right about Bill Clinton’s awful acts. That you nonetheless support Trump suggests you don’t find those acts awful, either, so much as it was a Democrat who committed them. Conservatives really own moral relativism these days.

    • It’s fun that a piece that complains about being painted with an overbroad brush by Trump supporters concludes: “They are the people who want to drag America down, not us.” It’s almost like Julie allows herself the behaviors that she doesn’t want used against her.

    That’s something. It’s not really principled, though.

    • Not once in this article does she tell anyone to shut up or suggest that you or anyone else who disagrees with her be silenced. Since when is “don’t call me names” the equivalent of “just shut up in general.”

  • Great piece, Julie. Ever think of doing a series about being a conservative in a state like IL? How do you avoid despair and remain optimistic?

  • “Don’t call me a racist if neither you nor your children have friends of different races.”

    Does that mean if they do have friends of different races, they can call you a racist?

    I don’t have any friends of different races. Don’t need ’em. Don’t want ’em. And I don’t know where I’d even find them otherwise.

    It doesn’t matter if other people call you racist. No one’s opinion should hold sway over your conscience.

    And there’s nothing wrong with noticing obvious average differences between the races anyway. Denying these difference is stupid.

  • I come from a long line of Democrats, including a great-grandfather who was a leader in the Klan and a grandmother who would have voted for Satan as long as he ran on the Democratic ticket. Those people, however, were good, decent people. Modern Democrats, however, were taken over by the master propagandists in 1968. There is one word to describe Democrats and others who voted for Hillary Clinton in the last election – delusional.

  • Lovely! Very succinct response to the disrespect aimed at those of us who voted for Trump. There are many, many gradations of beliefs within the vast numbers of American Trump voters. It sure gets old to painted into the dreary one-dimensional corner by leftists, so thank you for providing a smart response.

  • Well done, Julie. While the left and most Democrats continue their irrational, bitter campaign to oust Trump red people are truly suffering – for example, in the area of Chicago you mentioned on Seth Leibsohn’s show. And what do these people do – the one’s constantly uttering Nazi this and fascist that – as if they just discovered these words? As if all the problems of the world were created after election day last November. Nothing? They are hypocrites of the worst kind – they use blacks, women and Hispanics for their pursuit of power.

  • I loved Trump the moment he became a candidate. I remember 2008 when some relatives were so angry with me that I chose not to vote for Obama because he lacked any qualifications. I felt pressure to vote for man based on his race and I refused.

    the next 8 years of Obama proved me right. His inexperience and his dogmatic left wing leanings gave America 8 years of the “dark age”. I had enough and Hillary was no substitute. She was going to become the heir to Obama’s legacy and I was not going to vote for a Candidate based on her gender.

    After the elections I saw a youtube of a Hillary supporter as she realized that Trump won. Her expression of utter disbelief combined with shock and incomprehension quickly turned into hysterics. The youtube ended with her claiming that she is about to get physically sick.

    Since then the ravings and rantings coming from the left reminded me of this woman who saw their liberal world come to a crashing halt. Had Hillary won decades of Liberalism would have been cemented, Obama’s legacy alone of Open borders and Obamacare would have killed whatever Christian traditions and the American way of life as we know it.

    But Donald Trump won. With his victory Obama’s legacy is dying. Strong immigration policies, closed border, and sound economic policies such as lowering corporate tax from 35% to 20% is ending the 8 years of a “dark age”.

    With a strong possibility of new Justices to the Supreme Court in the next few years, to 100 positions among Federal judges that need filling Trump is undoing decades of Liberalism. I would not be surprised of SC rulings going back to the mid 20th century being changed as in Roe vs Wade.

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