This past weekend, I headed to my local board of elections to vote early. Armed with a fire in my belly to stand up to one of the hateful candidates in recent memory, I was ready to cast my vote and do my small part to stand up to the trauma that has been this election season. I wore my "Fuck Donald" Freedom of Speech plus size tee underneath my buttoned jacket. And if the rules allowed it, I would have gladly marched in there with my jacket wide open. My message this election season is clear: Fuck Donald. You can use the code "PLEASEVOTE" to take 30% off this tee and all DBM merch for the next 24 hours.
As a survivor of sexual assault, the mere mention of the name Donald Trump makes me feel ill. I haven't clicked on any articles related to Trump in months because it's honestly just too hard for me to see how Trump and his supporters justify sexual assault as "boys being boys." Trump is racist, xenophobic, and sexist as fuck. And what he's done is give like-minded bigots a chance to expose themselves and it's terrifying.
Voting for me, especially in Ohio, felt like the least I could do but sadly, I've heard a lot of people choosing not to exercise their right to vote. They can't imagine voting for Trump but they say that Hillary is a liar. To me, it's a choice between a terrorist and a woman who isn't super like-able and to me, that choice is clear. I've also heard people say that either one who gets elected, will get impeached so you should vote for the VP you want as President. This is also a clear choice for me.
When I first voted in 2008, I voted absentee because I was living in Italy. The night of the election, we stayed up all night to watch the election results come in. We were excited and hopeful. And Obama won, I felt the love throughout Europe. When I visited Paris, a French actor at a coffee shop overheard my friends and I talking about the election and picked up our check to show our support. It's sad that eight years later, I feel nothing but terror for what is going to happen come tomorrow night.
I wish I could end this post on a positive note, but all I can say at this point is GO VOTE.
Camo Jacket, Thrifted
Felt Clutch, Target
Bleached and Ripped Jeans, Rampage (similar)
Black Sneakers, Boohoo