A Washington state voter explained that she voted for Donald Trump because she had given up hope after Barack Obama had failed to end racism and poverty.
Carol Fraley, a 66-year-old white woman whose husband is a disabled veteran, wrote a letter to the editor of her hometown Federal Way Mirror to complain about an article she had read about a 10-year-old boy who reportedly came home from school afraid that Trump would reintroduce slavery.
“My hope is that this child did not learn such nonsense in school, and that his parents are not as racist as their son’s statement makes them out to be,” Fraley wrote.
She also complained about another anti-Trump protester quoted in the article who feared her family would be deported for breaking immigration laws.
“You do not get to choose which laws you will abide by, “Fraley wrote. “If we did, I would rob banks as they have more money than I do.”
The voter said she was willing to extend her respect to those who “deserve” it, and she challenged others to improve themselves but also to “accept the imperfect world we live in.”
“Obama was elected on a platform of hope, hope to end racism, hope to end poverty, hope to help the declining middle class, hope to lower health-care costs, hope to end partisanship,” Fraley wrote. “After eight years, I gave up on hope and voted for Trump.”