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People who voted for Trump in 2016 reveal the 'breaking point' moment when he lost their support


Jun. 16 2020, Updated 8:11 a.m. ET

President Donald Trump is perhaps one of the most divisive presidents in modern history. President Trump's 2016 campaign relied heavily on dividing the country by pitting people against each other, whether the target of this was immigrants or the mainstream media. 

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But he's also incredibly divisive inside of his own party. Traditional Republicans are now supporting former Vice President Joe Biden in 2020, and a viral Reddit thread might help to explain why.

An AskReddit thread which has attracted over 16,000 responses asked the question: "Republicans who will not be voting for Trump this time around, what was the breaking point for you?"

Reddit user ImRightImRight stopped supporting Trump over his comments on the late Senator John McCain.

"In 2016 when he demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt that he completely lacked any moral fabric by attempting to disparage McCain's military record because he was captured."

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Mjbass dropped out recently over President Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

"'Suppose we hit the body, with a tremendous light.'"

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Trump's firing of General James Mattis and the spat that followed prompted windowsisandroid to end his support.

"His unprofessional attitude toward General James Mattis was my turning point the man is a military genius and a true patriot." 

WelcomeToHale didn't like President Trump's record on telling the truth.

"When I realized his words had no meaning. You literally can’t trust anything he says. It could be blatant lies and he wouldn’t care at all. It’s dangerous. I was on the executive board of my college’s Republican Party organization. It’s been a long couple of years. My family and some friends though will still try to justify what he says. 'He’s just trolling the liberals,' 'He’s getting back at the fake news.'"

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Dropping environmental protections prompted this Redditor to drop the president.

"Stripping wildlife and environmental protections. Goodbye, investment growth, we had a good run. I’ll miss you."

lmtpro3 lost interest in Trump over his Twitter addiction.

"Twitter rants (to control with his narrative), egomaniac, lack of empathy, Divide and Conquer mentality, tyranny. He’s just a rich guy who has always gotten what he wants from daddy and throws a fit if someone talks smack about him."

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There were plenty of Redditors who weren't happy with Trump's handling of George Floyd's death, including mrprez180.

"Name-dropping George fucking Floyd while talking about economic growth."

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AustinTheWeird ended his support when he realized that he could make up his own mind.

"When I realized I'm an independent thinker and don't have to support everything my parents do."

Mentaltease lost interest in President Trump over his handling of coronavirus and frequent golfing trips.

"The final blow? Was his handling of the Corona Virus. Putting states at odds with each and the feds over medical supplies Why can't we know where 500 billion was allocated? What businesses? Also golfing at his places on our dime seems very anti Republican in action."

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Putting kids into cages at the border was too much for PeaceInExile.

"I used to think I was a republican. This administration made me realize I was not educated on politics at all. If I had to pick one thing that was truly eye opening for me, it was the worsening of the kids in cages thing."

BRoodingENT wasn't happy with Trump's appointment of Scott Pruitt to the head of the EPA.

"The fact he appointed a oil exec to be the head of the EPA so it could be dismantled.. And that he lies constantly.. I left the GOP."

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For some, including StartingAnew123, Trump's election was enough to leave the Republican party.

"I actually officially left the Republican Party because Trump was elected. Any party that can vote in that man cannot represent me."

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Johnnyquest1027 didn't like President Trump's attacks on renewable energy.

"I don’t know if the rally took place before or after he was elected, but I didn’t see it until after. It was the one where he talked about how he hates windmills, and I believe he said he knows more about wind than anybody. Then did a bit about not being able to watch tv because it’s not a windy day. That was when I became embarrassed about my vote and started to regret it. It only got worse after that."

Reddit user JP5683 didn't like Trump firing people for disagreeing with him.

"When he had so many people removed from their jobs in his 'team' because they came out and said something he didn't agree with. No one expects the President to know everything, you are supposed to find the best people to get you the information needed."

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WarringStatesSim didn't like Trump's recent comments that "when the looting starts, the shooting starts."

"Recently when he threatened to shoot looters. (I don't support the looting it's just that the punishment shouldn't be death)"

Defending the President became too much work for Gmony5100.

"I supported him in 2016 fully. Slowly started saying things like 'he’s good but immature,' which turned into 'he just needs to keep his mouth shut then he’ll be fine,' which turned into 'I like his policies but not quite him' ... so on and so on. I’m not really sure when I went from liking him to not but I can now say I want him out and regret ever giving him my support."

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LongSchlongBoye said that Trump didn't live up to his campaign promise.

"It was a tough point of time in my life, and the idea of MAGA swept me off my feet and made me vote for him. Since then, though, America has been made anything other than great : He has just made things better for himself and worse for every other American."

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Twitter proved to be the turning point for Phil_McCrotch

"My breaking point was the tweets to Michigan and Virginia stating they were coming for their guns during the primaries (or something similar). You simply shouldn’t purposefully turn your own citizens against each other. That really scared me."

Neo_F150 doesn't like how Trump speaks to other world leaders.

"The way he talks to world leaders is an embarrassment to our whole country. Some people are just too dense to see it."

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Fellow Trump supporters became an issue for wrenchandrepeat

"The breaking point for me was how hateful Trump supporters became. They would take the 'bold' things he would say and use them to insult anyone who didn't agree with Trump or his ways. I just could not stand to be associated with so much hate. That and Trump is fucking insane. But his supporters just kind of brush that stuff under the rug because, well they're Republican so they have to accept him. I don't believe it should be that way. If someone isn't doing the right thing, you shouldn't just be ok with it because that's your political belief. But such is the way a lot of things are in America."

Reddit user hominidnumber9 was sick of hearing about television ratings.

"Comparing his Coronavirus briefing ratings to the Bachelor."

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Golfing proved too much for Godtoast.

"When he posted a tweet about not going to be a bad president that would go golfing for a month but that's what he did."

Langhof just wanted President Trump to think before he spoke.

"I unfortunately fall into the camp of people who voted for him because I hated Clinton. It's not really a situation of where I 'realized when I wouldn't vote for him again,' it's more like when I realized I f**ked up. I can't think of a specific moment but I think it was the realization that he wasn't just saying things and enacting policies that were opposed to previous Democrat ideas and policies, he was just saying whatever crazy s**t came to mind. He is also a horrid racist and bigot, and honestly not mentally healthy."

It's clear people all had their reasons, but for some supporters it just became too much all at once. 


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