Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off two more times, and it’s critical that you watch your potential leaders. Life as you know it could dramatically change depending on who is elected.
Do you think you have a right to make your own decisions about whether and when to have a baby? Do you think the government should prevent you from having a needed abortion? Do you think you should have easy access to birth control? Do you think you a woman should be paid the same wages as a man for the same work? Do you think you should be protected from sexual harassment at work, or are you okay if your only option is to quit your job if you’re harassed?
How about the environment – do you worry about global warming? Do you want to protect clean air, water and land? What about marriage equality? Do you support it for same sex couples, or should it be revoked? If you feel strongly about any of these issues then you need to pay close attention to the candidates in this debate and the other two upcoming face-offs.
There is only one candidate – Hillary Clinton, 68, who will protect your reproductive rights, who will work for equal pay for women, who will support women against sexual harassment at work, who will work to protect the environment, including against global warming, and who will support marriage equality and LGBT rights.
Donald Trump, 70, is opposed to all of these things. He wants to ban all abortions, except maybe for incest and rape. He’s even said that women who get abortions should be “punished.” He also wants to cut off all federal funding to Planned Parenthood, unless clinics stop performing abortions.
Planned Parenthood clinics would be forced to close due to lack of funds, which would cut off healthcare to millions of American women who count on the clinics for breast cancer screenings and pre-natal care. If you think this isn’t important, consider this: pregnancy-related deaths in Texas doubled after the state drastically reduced their funding of Planned Parenthood in 2011.
Speaking of healthcare, Donald plans to fully repeal Obamacare but has no plan to replace it, so you could end up with no health insurance at all. He also has no plan to help ensure equal pay for equal work. Currently, women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. Trump’s one statement on this issue is, “You’re gonna make the same if you do as good a job.” That’s it.
When it comes to the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace, Donald is also not the least bit sympathetic to women. He is sympathetic, however, to Roger Ailes, the ex-CEO of Fox News, who was forced to resign after more than 20 women who currently or formerly worked for Fox accused him of sexual harassment.
Former Fox & Friends news anchor, Gretchen Carlson, won $20 million in her sexual harassment suit against Ailes. Donald however, slammed her and the other women who came forward. “Some of the women who are complaining, I know how much he’s helped them.” He even calls Roger Ailes a “good person.” As for how Trump thinks you should handle a sexual harassment situation at work – he advises quitting your job.
Hillary supports marriage rights for same sex couples. Donald Trump opposes them. He also supports North Carolina’s widely controversial law banning transgender people from using the public bathrooms for the sex they identify with. The North Carolina law also prevents cities from passing non-discrimination laws to protect LGBTQ people. In other words, it’s a law allowing discrimination, and Trump supports it.
When it comes to climate change, Hillary believes in global warming and wants the US to continue to lead the world in trying to prevent further damage to the environment. Donald doesn’t believe global warming exists, despite what almost all of the world’s top scientists say. He’s called global warming a “very expensive hoax.” He’s even blamed the Chinese for creating “the concept of global warming.”
So, here’s the bottom line – your life could be very much materially affected by who you elect as president.
Donald as president could mean you’ll lose your healthcare, you’ll lose your reproductive choice and there will be no support for you to get equal pay or to get protection from sexual harassment. You can also look forward to a much hotter, dirtier world.
Oh, and don’t forget – Donald plans to give the rich more tax breaks, but your money will pay for constructing a $17 billion wall on the Mexican border and it will help pay the $400-$600 billion we’ll have to pay to deport 11 million undocumented people who have lived here, many for 20 years.
Donald’s mass deportation would reduce the economy 6 percent, costing $1.6 trillion over 20 years, at a minimum, according to a report by the American Action Forum, a “center-right” non-profit.
These points I’m giving you aren’t opinions, they are facts. They are Hillary and Donald’s actual stances and they will affect your life even if you’re not interested by politics. Mrs. Clinton has a solid record of support of women’s issues and human issues. Donald Trump calls women “pigs,” “slobs,” and “bimbos.” For many reasons, The New York Times calls him “the worst nominee put forward by a major party in modern American history,” and I agree.
Watch the next debate between the VP candidates on Oct. 4 at 9 pm and the next presidential debate on Oct. 9 at 9 pm. But, you decide for yourself. Hollywoodlife.com will have livestreams for both debates, or you can watch on all the major networks.
Let us know what you think, HollywoodLifers. Are you Team Hillary or Team Trump?