It is rare to witness so many pivotal events in history in such a short span of time: 9/11, the election of President Barack Obama in 2008, the Arab Spring and now the unlikely political rise of Donald Trump. News outlets such as The Economist have ranked a Trump
presidency as among the top 10 threats facing the world.
Trump dreams of building a massive wall on our southern border,
predicted to cost upwards of $25 billion, despite the fact that most illegal
immigration comes from overstayed visas. He has advocated banning
Muslims from entering the U.S., and creating a registry for those already
living in the country — a suggestion reminiscent of Japanese-American
internment during World War II. Trump not only opposes a woman’s
right to choose, but has mentioned that women who seek abortions should
interrogation and has advocated killing the families of suspected terrorists. Trump even said that he might
abandon NATO allies and has actually suggested that Russia launch a cyber attack, an act of war, against
the United States. As if that wasn’t enough he disparaged and insulted the family of a fallen U.S. soldier —
a Muslim and a Bronze Star recipient — for daring to stand up to him.
If you believe that these radical views pose a significant threat to this country, then you must vote for
Hillary Clinton. In this election, the stakes are too high to stay home or cast a protest vote for a third-party
candidate who has no chance of winning; these actions only increase the odds of a Trump presidency. Ask
yourself if you are willing to elevate a man with outdated, bigoted and anti-intellectual views to the most
powerful office in the world.
This is a message that is particularly important for young people, such as the students here on Bucknell’s
campus, to take to heart. There are still some millennials who are hesitant about Clinton, many of whom
supported Sen. Bernie Sanders in the primary. However, it is important for them to remember the high stakes
of this election and how the way in which the new president addresses issues such as student debt, college
affordability and economic mobility will affect them. We will have to live with the consequences of this
election for decades to come.
I am voting for Hillary, not just against Trump. Hillary has advocated common-sense reforms in the areas
of gun control and criminal justice. She will fight to increase the minimum wage and to index it to inflation to
maintain its value over time. Hillary will advocate for paid family leave, a woman’s right to choose and increased
tuition subsidies at public universities so students can graduate debt free. She will close egregious tax loopholes
for millionaires. Hillary has my vote because she will fight for a stronger, fairer and more just country for all
Americans, black and white, rich and poor, gay and straight, man and woman.
Whether you support Hillary or just oppose Trump, the reality is that one of them will become the next
president. The best way to defeat Trump is to vote for Hillary. Vote for whomever you want on down-ticket
races, but don’t hand the White House to Trump just for the satisfaction of voting Green or Libertarian.
When history books talk about this election, they will either say that America elected a racist, misogynist,
anti-intellectual caricature to the most powerful elected office in the world, or they will say that Americans
from both ends of the partisan spectrum came together in a rare moment of political unity to stop Trump
and all he represented. If you believe in stopping Donald Trump, you must vote for Hillary Clinton.
The stakes are simply too high to do anything else.
Brady Clapp is a political science and economics major from Villanova, Pa. He is the president of the College Democrats. To
read about Clapp’s work with a nonpartisan League of Women Voters effort to enlist new voters, see Page 4.
THE CASE FOR CLINTON
By Brady Clapp ’ 17