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If Donald Trump becomes president of the United States there’s a good chance I may never again set foot in the country I was born in.
Writers with far more experience than myself have already touched on the flood of vile hate that’s spewed forth as the campaign of a man who has espoused an ideology eerily similar to that of Adolf Hitler has dragged on, so I won’t go into too much detail.
What I will say is this: I’ve decided, if Trump is elected president, I will be giving up my citizenship.
Simply put, what Donald Trump represents is a repudiation of all that America supposedly stands for. America is supposed to be a land of inclusion, of opportunity. Trump, with his condemnation of minorities and rampant misogyny (which even Fox News has characterised as disturbing) represents none of those ideals.
A Trump presidency might very well be the end of civilisation as we know it. With his impulsiveness, petulance and quick temper, the idea of that man controlling one of the world’s largest arsenals of nuclear weapons is downright terrifying. It would almost certainly mean the end of the United States, or at least the idea of a United States where people of different ethnicities, national origins, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, and religions are welcome.
I am fully aware that giving up one’s citizenship is among the most extreme acts a person can commit. Since I do not possess citizenship from any nations other than the United States, I would be making myself stateless.
But I would rather be stateless than be associated with a country that stood for intolerance, bigotry and outright hatred, as America would under Trump. I believe in tolerance, openness, and acceptance of all people; attitudes that seem to be antithesis to Trump.
While giving up my citizenship would undoubtedly cause me great personal harm, at the same time it’s about standing up for what I believe in – or rather, standing up against what I don’t believe in.
I can also say this: having lived overseas for about a half-decade now, America still has a long way to go to restore the damage to its reputation done by George W. Bush. A Trump presidency would not only destroy all the progress that’s been made, but it would inevitably create many new enemies. Indeed, the likes of ISIS must be salivating at the thought of being able to use Trump as a recruiting tool.
While I’m praying it doesn’t come to pass, I’m quite aware there is a very real possibility that Trump could in fact become president. The very idea makes me sick. Remember: it was liberals, intellectuals and the media Hitler went after before anyone else – just like Trump is doing now.
I cannot, and will not, be a part of that, because I know I could never forgive myself if I was complicit. And let’s not kid ourselves: the odds that history will look back kindly on Trump are not good.
So, Donald, for all of the reasons above, I say this: fuck you.
Excuse my frankness, but my use of profanity isn’t half as bad as the garbage that comes out of your mouth. You may believe that you have all “the best words,” but I find that the only words strong enough to describe you would fall foul of a television censor.
If you become president, I’ll be staying the fuck away from America.