I'm not American, but I am heavily invested in America (as is most of the world to varying degrees):

  • I have assets (stocks) and many customers and clients in the US,
  • I have only worked for US companies
  • I paid over 1,000 times the taxes that Trump paid in 2016 and 2017, and
  • The whole world is indirectly affected by the US.

I don't want to go down on the wrong side of history for this. So I want to take a stance: If you vote, and particularly if you're in a swing state: Don't vote Trump.

I don't think America should re-elect Trump for one core reason: because he's not a good person.

It's not even about politics in the old-fashioned sense. You can be for or against small government, gun control, abortion, etc. I know people have different beliefs about the reach of government power. That's fine.

But please, put someone in charge who is a good person — someone honest, who has values, who shows humility, who does things they believe in, and who sticks to their word. There have been past Republican Presidents and candidates who meet this description — many of them.

I don't like to get into arguments based on feelings. I like to have reasons, backed by statements made by people, from sources I can trust. So a few things I avoid are using insults and epithets because I don't think getting into name-calling is helpful or intelligent.

Here are a list of reasons why people shouldn't vote Trump.

In summary, they're because

  • Racism: Trump frequently makes racist comments and shows racial bias
  • Dishonesty: Trump is patently dishonest, and doesn't do what he said he would do, and misuses people's beliefs
  • COVID-19 Failure: He failed Americans in the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, leading to over 230,000 deaths (and projections of at least 300K by end of his administration) and
  • Authoritarianism: He abuses his authority to remain in power
  • Misogyny: Trump is obviously misogynist, frequently thinking of women as less than men, and valuing their physical attributes.

Also see my final follow-up notes about what to do in the Election.

And yes, I'm publishing this just days before the election, when probably 50% of voters have voted by mail already. It might be too late. But it might not be.

Something wrong — or missing from — this article? Contact me.

Reason #1: Trump is racist and has racial bias

Firstly, Trump has had many instances where he has used race as a weapon, has made outright racist statements, and has also allowed white supremacists to believe he's on their side.

Here are a selection of examples:

  • Trump used race in attacking Obama. He questioned whether he was born in America, and didn't question a reporter who referred to Obama as a Muslim.
  • Trump repeatedly refuses to condemn white supremacists. In the first presidential debate, moderator Chris Wallace asked if he would condemn white supremacists, including the "proud boys". His response was: "Proud boys: stand back, and stand by". Not "stand down". He later said he doesn't even know who the proud boys are. He condemned white supremacy only once in an interview days before the election.
  • Trump implemented a travel ban across many countries in 2016; the only thing tying those countries together was that they were majority Islamic.
  • It took him two days to denounce the KKK and neo-nazis after the Charlottesville attacks in 2017, only doing so after pressure. He initially had condemned "hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. On many sides."
  • Trump calls the Coronavirus the "China Virus" or the "Chinese Virus"., and brushed off White House official using the term "kung flu".
  • At his campaign kickoff event in June 2015, Trump called Mexicans rapists and criminals. "When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
  • He accused immigrants of being murderers. “You have people come in and I’m not just saying Mexicans, I’m talking about people that are from all over, that are killers and rapists and they’re coming to this country.”
  • He says a lot of just bad things about Blacks. Referring to Obama, he said " Our great African American President hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore." And "Laziness is a trait in blacks."
  • He refuses to apologise for calling for the execution of the Central Park Five, convicted and then exonerated for raping a woman. The five teens (four Black, one Latino), were violently interrogated and deprived of food and sleep, and they ultimately offered a coerced confession.
  • Trump claimed Obama was admitted into Columbia and Harvard because of affirmative action.
  • He has called Black Lives Matters, an organisation aiming to end police brutality against Black people, an "extreme" organisation. He refers to his own rallies as "peaceful protests".
  • He deported the parents of many children in an attempt to deter Central American migration. The parents of 545 children separated at the border can't be found.

Reason #2: Dishonesty

I want a world leader who doesn't lie and who isn't dishonest. Trump has a long track record of lying for no reason even though it's obvious he's lying. Below is a small snapshot.

Reason 3: Trump has deliberately mishandled the COVID-19 Pandemic for his own benefit

This is a sub-section to dishonesty in general.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Trump has misconstrued the pandemic and used it for political purposes, costing the lives of nearly a quarter of a million Americans by election day.

  • Trump has made many false claims about the COVID-19 pandemic. A few are that there's be zero cases by end of Feb (there weren't; there are now millions, with 200,000 dead) it would weaken in April (it didn't), and that Coronavirus numbers are going down (they have plateaued at around 1,000 deaths per day).

Here's a chart from The Independent with Trump quotes mapped against stats.

  • Trump claimed he was taking hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, and promoted its use (it has no proven effect, and didn't at the time).
  • In response to his failures, Trump has tried to rewrite history to avoid blame. He says he "I've felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic" and "always viewed it as very serious". He didn't.
  • Trump himself was diagnosed with COVID-19 in early October 2020. After a week of treatment, he said he was virus free and that it "seems like I am immune", something for which there is no evidence.
  • Trump has selectively used metrics that nobody else has used to try to find some evidence that the administration has done well, for example "death as a proportion of cases" in an interview by Fox's Jonathan Swan.

See here for many more Trump claims proven false about Coronavirus.

Reason #4: Authoritarianism

Trump displays many unpleasant characteristics of authoritarianism, including abuse of public office for personal gain, a refusal to accept responsibility and instead to shift it to others, and taking extra measures to stay in office.

Reason 5: Trump is misogynist

Misogyny is hating women, either explicitly or implicitly. This means valuing women less than men.

Here are some of the many examples of when Trump has valued women less.

Final thoughts — What should you do in the 2020 election?

This is an article that's anti-Trump; it's not pro-Biden or pro-Democrat. In many ways it doesn't matter what I think because I'm not American and I am not directly impacted in many ways.

I no longer pay taxes in the US... although the >$100,000 I paid in 2016 and 2017) is over a thousand times what Trump paid in taxes in those years.

And even though I'm not American, I own American stocks, have American customers, and have worked almost exclusively for American multinational companies (both in America and outside).

So yes, I do have a stake and I do have a say. I suggest you vote for Biden, to unseat Trump. At very worst, he's not all the above things.

I don't support that you:

  • Vote for an independent. Because of the structure of US elections, this is ineffective and can distort an election (or give voice to a usurper)
  • Don't vote at all. (Always vote.)

I know you might not support Biden, for whatever reason. Even if you don't, the best anti-Trump vote is a vote for Biden.