I think there are many reasons why people would support Donald Trump. Personally, I supported him because the thought of 4 more years of a democrat leading this country would bring more of the same. Higher taxes, worse health care plan deals, stale economy, etc.. I didn’t see Hillary changing anything for the better. I have no problem with a woman president. I wish I could say I voted for the first woman president. maybe next time, just not Hillary. She is too connected to lobbyist and special interest that I believe she has already been bought and paid for. Under a Hillary presidency, banks and big business will be running the country. That is something I cannot support.

There were a lot of negative things said about both candidates (whether true or untrue we may never know) so to make a choice based on who may have said or done something without considering their platforms would be a mistake. I based my selection off of the candidates platforms and what they said they would do if elected.

Now the reason why Trump won, i think is a combination of a few things. Donald connected with the people of America. Hillary has to fake that, and it shows. I think a lot of people across the country who would have traditionally voted democrat changed their minds and voted for him because they actually liked his policies, immigration, health care reform (fix obamacare), lower taxes. one thing I think is odd is that these same people probably would have voted for Bernie had he been the dem nominee.

I think the minority vote was underestimated as well. Many minority groups voted for Trump, again because of his policies, where ‘traditionally’ they would have voted democratic. It seemed to me that the DNC were putting out most of the racially divisive speech and generally ugly hate ads. I think people saw that and picked up on it and decided to not be a part of that negativity.

Supported is such a strong word. It was more of a vote against Hillary and a vote for the person closest (though not close) to my principles. Sorry for the long winded description below (you said specific!), so if you don’t want to read it boils down to Hillary’s corruption & deceit, her poor performance in public office, her promise of 4 more years of Obama, a desire to shake up the establishment, and finally that Trump’s stated principles most closely aligned to mine.

Firstly, Hillary’s involvement in corruption and deceit is long standing. I see her as someone who has been cunning and powerful enough to escape normal repurcutions that for most of us would have been career limiting or even freedom limiting. It’s not just the pay-for-play (more on that later) or the email server (which I do believe was a deliberate way to circumvent FOIA laws and risked national security), but its the history. It’s too long to list but it also includes: Cattle futures, Travelgate, Lincoln Bedroom, Bengahzi…you know them and get the picture.

Secondly, I never got the “Hillary’s the most qualified”. Just because one had a job doesn’t make you particularly good at it, especially in politics. As SecState Hillary oversaw and push for actions which led to massive destabilization in Libya, Egypt and Syria (including assessment of Assad) and then not addressing the resulting Arab Spring. The Benghazi debacle – where facts later confirmed both a coverup of the story and the fact that military resources were indeed available & at her disposal. Failed reset of the Russia relationship. As FLOTUS, she failed HillaryCare, the picks Bill let her make for AttnyGen (Baird, Wood, Reno) as well as her documented recommendations WJC of Web Hubble, Vince Foster and William Kennedy. She’s just performed poorly, period. I’d rather take a risk on an unknown than an known poor performer.

Thirdly, she promised 4 more years of Obama. I didn’t know what would happen when we voted in Obama – he came in on Hope and Change but a lot of unknowns about the guy. When I take a step back I see the following: an economy that didn’t recover, a highly divided nation both politically and racially, a signature legislation that didn’t include minority consultation and is economically failing, a deal with Iran that was clearly misguided and pushed through on deceit (see NYT article of May 5). Those offset the positives of pre-existing conditions/broader healthcare and formal recognition of love outside of man/woman.

Fourthly, shaking up the establishment. The pay-for-play scheme, I’m convinced, is a problem for both sides of the aisle. Now, Clinton and the foundation may have mastered it, but I am well aware of Republicans “requiring” fundraisers to be given by their constituents in order to get a meeting. As Chuck Dodd said one morning on MTP, “What’s the big deal (referencing Clinton’s pay-to-play)? Everyone knows money grants access in Washington. It’s the way it works.” …or something to that effect. Well, I just don’t believe that’s the way it should be. I couldn’t get a meeting (request was 5 minutes with my young daughter) with either my Rep or Senator Cruz when in Washington. Sen Cornyn was available for a group meeting with constituents which I appreciated, but a one-on-one was not available. Things need to change. I really like Trumps #1 action on his 100 day plan – term limits for congress. If he can get that passed, the presidency will be successful.

Lastly, Trumps positions most closely reflect mine. A couple of them as this could get REALLY verbose… I believe in controlled immigration – check in on the way in and on the way out…happy to have you..and if you want to be a citizen, get in line. While I do not believe that the feds should be involved in social issues (such as marriage, how bathrooms get used, death penalty, illegality of certain drugs) I do believe that an unborn child deserves to have their rights protected. I speak for he/she who cannot speak for themselves. Specifically, late term abortions must be outlawed. Fetus survival rates exceed 50% after 23 weeks…at a minimum those babies should have THEIR rights protected. Hillary and Trumps comments in the last debate were dead clear on this subject. Finally, I believe in less federal government and more state choice. This is how we were born as a nation and the great thing about it is that we are free to move from one state to another. It actually provides CHOICE! If you like a more liberal leaning place with mountains, that’s available, a middle ground with a beach, you can get that too, cold climate but strongly conservative it’s available. It seems that we have forgotten our roots, that the US was born of freedoms and the lunacy of a strong federal government. The more decentralized the more choice we have and the better opportunities we have to be in a place that makes us happy, individually and within our local community.

I don’t particularly like Clinton (although I think a lot of the bad stuff said about her is just propaganda). But the alternative was so terrible that I felt I had no choice. Especially once the polls showed her in striking distance in Texas. My vote was a vote against the fascism of Trump, which he has proven time and time again since getting elected. He was a clown amusingly made fun of by Spy in the 90s–I would never have expected a buffoon like him to be electable. But apparently a large majority of white Americans want to be ruled by a Nazi. Thanks guys. And to heck with you.

I am a progressive liberal living in Texas, a state that is a few elections away from becoming a blue haven. Since I live in a red state, I voted for Jill Stein for President, as I did four years ago. Had I resided in a battleground state, I would have voted Democrat for President and kept my down ballot votes for Green Party candidates when available. I think the two party system is problematic for this country, I vote Green for two reasons:

1 – Their policy proposals match my own ideas about a progressive society
2 – I hope that eventually their vote totals will allow their platform into debates, media coverage, and the overall political conversation.

I supported him first of all because he is a businessman and I believe this country needs to be run as a business. I do not like too much socialism the Democratic party is now the Socialist Party also do not like politically correct it has ruined this country. Obama has followed the theories of Sal Alinsky who was a radical in the seventies and who wrote a book called Rules for Radicals on how the government can take over a country. Hillary Clinton was Alinsky student she was a Republican and then turned Democrat while she was in college under his influence. The political elitists who are both on both sides of the political scene Republicans and Democrats are too powerful they have too much control over this country and electing Donald Trump will put a stop to this he is not one of them. We need to unite this country there’s too much anger and animosity. They were also too many rules put on small business they are struggling people are being paid less than they were when Reagan was President. There are too many people out of work too many companies have gone out of this country.

Hillary was (and still is) the most qualified candidate, with 30 years experience helping a majority of the people in this country. She had a broad coalition of support that reflected the growing diversity of this nation. While I would’ve voted for any democratic candidate, I think Hillary’s example of reaching across the aisle would’ve served her well in implementing left-leaning policies with a divided legislature. While I appreciate Bernie Sanders’ pushing the DNC to embrace more populist and less corporate positions, I do not think he would have been able to muster a winning coalition of minority voters or survived rigorous opposition research. My vote was enthusiastically for Hillary.

I supported Gary because I didn’t feel right supporting candidates that I had no stance or agreement with. I agree with about 90% of what Gary stood for and I agree with a lot of the Libertarian party stances. I didn’t feel right voting Republican or Democrat because I don’t fall into either of those categories fully and I don’t support either fully.

I voted for Trump because I want to break the cycle of political back-scratching. Of course there will be corruption under Trump, but a different kind. Trump is not from the mutated political gene pool.

I trust entrepreneurs with our future. Voting for Trump is like voting for Richard Branson, Elon Musk, or Steve Jobs.

I want change. How can we have change if we are simply electing the same people over and over and over…..

Let’s face it – there were only two possible winning candidates in this race. I am not fond of Hillary Clinton. She seems to be somewhat out of touch with “the common person” and for reasons I can’t put my finger on (the media, perhaps?), I don’t have a lot of trust in her. I also would like to see change from the same old Washington establishment. However, Trump is pretty much a complete unknown, with almost no programs put forth outside of wanting to improve our infrastructure (which I support), he’s a misogynist, he has a habit of taking criticism personally and responding by attacking the adversary with full firepower (a very scary trait in a person with his finger on our nuclear arsenal), and he seems to change his mind on a whim. I found Clinton to be an uninspiring choice, and Trump to be totally unfit as a choice. And, being basically a Democrat, I would rather see a democrat choosing our next several Supreme Court justices than a Republican.

I supported Gary Johnson because I consider myself socially liberal and fiscally conservative. I felt he was the only honest candidate running in 2016, and that Clinton and Trump’s faults were too numerous to accept.

I don’t regret my vote.