Jill  /  South Carolina

“I don’t understand how he can befriend Putin.”

Video Transcript

“My name is Jill and I’m from Somerville, South Carolina, and I am a two-time Trump voter. The reasons that I voted for Trump the two other times is because I have always voted Republican. His first time that I voted for him, I really did not know all of his plans and ideas. I did not know how dangerous he was. The second time I voted for him, I was just following status quo.

“And as I get wiser and a more critical thinker, and I see things that I don’t agree with, the decisions that were made and some of the things that were done by him and his followers, I just can’t in good conscience support him anymore, just because it’s something I was supposed to do.

“Some of the reasons that I will not support Trump is… one of the first reasons is the way that he dehumanizes others and he bullies others, not only his opponents, political opponents, that he bullies and dehumanizes, but just anyone who disagrees with him.

“When the insurrection happened on January 6th, it was almost surreal. As I saw it happening in front of my eyes, I came in from work that day, but I heard about it during work and I thought, what is going on? This cannot be real. And I got home and looked at the news, I could not believe what was going on.

“And Trump was the leader of those people. He had the power to deescalate the insurrection and he chose not to, he chose to instigate it just for him to be glorified. It bothered me very much to see him say awful things about Mike Pence and to let the people talk about killing him and nothing was done to stop that. That is wrong. That is wrong. I believe that the insurrection was Trump’s way of not wanting to follow the Constitution and to follow our civil laws and the way that we do things in the United States of America and the way that we always have. I believe that Trump was acting like a dictator on that day.

“I believe that the people who were hurt there, those police officers and other people who were hurt, he is one of the causes. And I believe he should be held accountable.

“I’m very very concerned about his ties with Putin. I don’t understand it. I don’t understand why he admires someone who is a communist, a dictator. I don’t understand how he can befriend Putin. And it’s dangerous because I don’t know what he’s doing as, a return for our country, for that, and, I don’t understand all about it, but I know Putin’s a dangerous dangerous man.

“And I do not like how Trump, even jokingly, says that he’s gonna be a dictator for… if he said it jokingly, he said for a day, you don’t joke about that. When you are the president of the United States, you do not joke about being a dictator. That is totally opposite of our country. That’s what our country was broken away from England for. You cannot say that.”