Shelly  /  Tennessee

“Democracy is difficult, but we fought for it for so long and we are at a serious point of losing it.”

Video Transcript

“Hello, my name is Shelly. I’m from the great state of Tennessee and I have to say that I have voted for Trump in the past, kind of embarrassed about that today, but I will no longer be on the Trump train. When I think about voting in this upcoming election, I think about how America started to begin with. Why did people cross the dangerous seas to come to this land? Why was it? I think everybody’s histories and their ancestries are varied and different, which makes America great. Everybody landed in America for various reasons, but a big reason was to get away from the government, the oppressive monarchies or cruel governments, and wanted to start a new way of life in America. So that’s why I say when you travel you see all these other countries and how their governments are run, you come back home and go, “Thank God for America.” And it’s difficult. Democracy is difficult, but we fought for it for so long and we are at a serious point of losing it. I’m not just saying that because of what mass media is saying, I’m saying it because of Trump’s actual words. And yes, I’m using the context in which he’s saying them. And I think unfortunately, people are ready to leave a democracy as long as Trump can say no lie they believe a hundred percent of what Trump says, and they will not listen to anything else.

“So those people are, let them believe whatever they want to believe, it’s America. But I think if you’re going to go in that voting booth, I think you need to think hard about what our founding fathers went through. Why people came to America to begin with and which candidate is going to carry on that legacy, as difficult and messy as a democracy is, who’s going to keep that up or who is going to, fundamentally, by his words and his actions already shown for eight years now, very clear. Are we going to let one man, are we gonna let Trump change who we are and how we feel about ourselves as Americans? Our vote is our legacy and we can’t go back and change it. So for the 2024 election, I will absolutely not be voting for Trump. That’s not happening. As far as who I’m voting for, I’m just going to have to see how things play out. I don’t want to vote in a way that’s going to allow Trump to get into office. If that means I have to vote for Biden, I’m going to have to vote for Biden. And you can say, everybody can say, whatever their opinion of Biden is. I think from these decades of seeing him, and I can understand the reasonings behind why people may not like one thing or another, he’s too old, I totally understand that. But he’s a good person. He is just a good person.”