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Why I’ll give up my citizenship if Donald Trump is elected president

Image: Donald Trump / Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons

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.


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Comments ( 3 )

  • Ken Watkins's picture

    Ken Watkins - Sat, 2016-03-26 10:38

    Mr.Mack's piece is emotional and disappointing and overlooks some things that the U.S. people are unaware of/biased against/dismissive of,some of the issues the rest of the world is following with keen interest.My disappointment with Mr.Mack is that he doesn't provide a plausible alternative to Donald Trump and his possible governance.Bernie Sanders is a quieter version of Trump while Hillary Clinton is part of the 'Criminal Crony Class' calling themselves 'The Establishment'The Unions will vote Trump because he will scrap the TPP to bring manufacturing back into the 'States.Hillary will tell those same workers she'll get rid of their dirty jobs and give them a great welfare package.The TPP is a massive contract ( about 3,000? pages ) that is mostly set up to protect multinational corporations,not participating countries' sovereignty.It was put together by 'The Establishment' with a 5 year secrecy clause that no-one except the Establishment knows what its effects will really be for everyone.Trump's own Republican Party (GOP) want him out,not because his behaviour upsets Mr.Mack and others,but he's never been part of the Illuminati/New World Order that rules Republicans,Democrats alike.Trump hasn't been in their secret societies (like Hillary) and is funding his campaign with (mostly) his own money.Mostly same,Bernie Sanders.Hillary's money comes partly (maybe a lot) from Wall St.who get a lot of financial support from The Federal Reserve (another secret society of bankers, set up,I think,in 1911-1913) So the worry for the Republicans is that Trump can't be 'bought' or controlled by them.The Republicans are so worried that they are planning to replace Trump with their own candidate anyway (what,who needs voters? Don't need voters anymore)Solves Mr.Mack's anguish over who to vote for,if he's still their citizen by then.Trump is campaigning more to the white working middle class.The rich upper class are buying their votes and the poorer classes (which are hugely on Welfare) don't vote.Same applies here,Australia,UK etc,welfare people don't want to upset the status quo. Mr.Mack's reply would be most interesting
  • Mhairi.Mackev's picture

    Mhairi.Mackev - Wed, 2016-03-30 23:08

    Hi Ken - your opinions, whilst seemingly backed up by research, are also based on speculation and myth. The 'illuminati' and the "New World Order" are conspiracy theories that should not be taken seriously. What should be taken seriously is the way that Trump is climbing in popularity in the USA because of his shocking and disgusting publicity techniques, and the way that - as Ben Mack is saying - he is representing the views of a lot of Americans who are uneducated and fueled by hate. I think you need to educate yourself on the differences between the political candidates, and understand the monumental difference between Trump and Sanders in policies about immigration, women's rights and health systems. Not to mention that in all honesty, Trump is /not/ a politician. Additionally, I believe you should rethink your use of stereotypes when it comes to which classes vote. Those who have a political conscience and the ability to vote, vote. Those who don't, don't.
  • Ken Watkins's picture

    Ken Watkins - Thu, 2016-03-31 21:39

    Thank you for your comment.I really hope the conspiracy theories are just that;theories.Sanders was a Public Servant whilst Hillary etc. are seasoned politicians.Trump,as you say,is not a politician,but Malcolm Turnbull (Australia) and John Key were in banking longer than they were in politics.Personally,I think that the way Trump's campaign (which seems to feed itself on shock statements,negative publicity,anti immigration/womens' rights and other things) won't fool serious voters at all.If he IS voted into the White House (or assassinated first...USA has attempted murder/murdered more of their leaders than any other Western country in the same Colonial time-span in the world) I say the USA will have got what they wished for.
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