On Thursday, Donald Trump told terminally ill people that he doesn’t care if they’re dying. Except that he really didn’t. He told them to get out and vote.
Here is the quote:
I don’t care how sick you are. I don’t care if you just came back from the doctor and he gave you the worse possible prognosis, meaning, “It’s over, you won’t be around in two weeks”—it doesn’t matter. Hang out to November 8th. Get out and vote. And then, all we’re gonna say is, “We love you and will remember you always.” Get out and vote.
You can see the video here. Clearly, he’s getting a lot of flack for what he said. And like with most things, he seems to say them in the worst possible way (maybe to throw the election or maybe to get more media attention). A lot of sites also clip the video after Trump says “I say kiddingly…” All in all, he’s not saying that he doesn’t care if someone is terminally ill. He’s saying that it does not make a difference in terms of getting out and voting.
And quite frankly, I agree with him, although instead of “vote Trump,” I would say “vote to make a difference. Death is sad. Death is scary. But what’s even more saddening and terrifying is the idea that you haven’t done as much as you can to make the future better. Many people will say to themselves that this election, that this life, no longer matters, once you’re dead. But why does the future not matter after that point? Maybe this is a somewhat humanist point of view, but just because you are dying does not mean that the future does not matter. And if you can make a difference by voting, then get out and vote, no matter how much time you have left.
Of course, I would not vote for Trump, as I do not think that voting for him, or Clinton, would make a difference. I would not use my final vote in order to further support the establishment, but for whom you vote is entirely up to you, as long as you truly do think that your vote will make the most difference that it can for the future.