Editor’s note: To respect the voting process, the identities of those who responded to our prompt are being kept anonymous.
Donald Trump has been called many things — business mogul, socialite, reality TV star — and he may be adding 45th president of the United States to his resume come November. But more importantly for the readers of Task & Purpose, most of whom are veterans and service members, he may be awarded the title of next commander in chief of the armed forces.
We reached out to you, our readers, who plan to vote for business magnate and former “Apprentice” showrunner Donald Trump to find out why you will be casting ballots for him in November, and here is what you said.
“He says what he is thinking and not afraid to tell the truth, regardless if it offends. He's a straight shooter, tells people how things are, straight up without any ‘sugar-coating.’ For that reason, he's got my vote.”
“He has proven to be successful in the private sector. He knows business, economics, and job growth. He has common sense. He can lead. He can move us in a better direction because of this. The military, veterans, our safety, our borders, and our legal citizens are important to him. He isn't a weak person who feels the need to apologize for everything. He can reverse some of the damage from the last eight years. He deserves a chance to get this machine in gear and maybe even another term to see some of it come to fruition.”
“Because he's not Hillary Clinton, he supports the constitution, and he's addressing the issues that are normally considered not politically correct that need to be addressed.”
“I'm voting for Trump because he isn't a career politician. Our great country has been taken down the wrong road for many years by career politicians. It's time we had new ideas and new blood in charge. It is time to make America great again.”
A supporter holds a sign saying, "Veterans for Trump," during a primary night rally for Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Manchester, N.H.AP photo by David Goldman
“Because Hillary Clinton is a lying, deceitful person with no personal integrity, zero ethics, no morals, and electing her would enable an assault on civil liberties, continue to inhibit economic growth, and endanger the national security of the United States and our allies.”
“He is the least bad. He's by no means perfect or even desirable, but I feel like by the end of this he won't have me fighting in my streets for my rights. I'll take a World War over a Civil War any day. The other options at this point are just irrelevant. Clinton is a monster and any third party has no support.”
“Because he's not Clinton, and he’s not a liberal.”
“I'm voting for Donald Trump because he's a businessman. America needs better deals that benefit Americans. Secondly, he's an outsider and not part of the current establishment.”
“I’m not voting FOR Trump. I’m voting AGAINST Hillary.”
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.