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Former Trump Supporters Are Revealing Their "Breaking Points" And Why They Won't Vote For Him In 2020

"I have questioned my vote for him since day one, but when he said 'it is what it is' about the COVID deaths, I was done."

The US presidential election is right around the corner (on Nov. 3!), so we asked the BuzzFeed Community one specific question: If you voted for Donald Trump in 2016 but don't plan on voting for him in 2020, what was your breaking point? Here are some of the top responses.

1. "I have questioned my vote for him since day one, but when he said 'it is what it is' about the COVID deaths, I was done. I physically raged and removed any Facebook friend who continued to overtly support him."

Trump sitting down with a reporter for Axios and saying "it is what it is" about the number of COVID-related deaths in the US
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At the time of this interview, which was filmed on July 28, 2020, there were over 140,000 COVID-related deaths in the US.

2. "My dad voted for Trump because he was a change to our political climate. However, since Trump took office, it’s been one mess after another. My dad is in an at-risk age group for COVID, and my mom was a healthcare worker for over 30 years. They believe in science, but Trump doesn't, so they plan on voting for Biden."

Trump at a rally in Carson City, NV, on Oct. 18, 2020, mocking Biden for listening to scientists

3. "My uncle was a Trump supporter because he thought Trump was for taxing the rich and not the working class. Then he found out that Trump only paid $750 in income taxes [in 2016 and 2017]."

Trump claiming he's "smart" for not paying any income taxes during his debate with Hillary Clinton in 2016
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A New York Times report found that Donald Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and another $750 in 2017, and he "paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years — largely because he reported losing much more money than he made."

4. "I voted for Trump my freshman year in 2016, but when he announced he would be banning transgender people from the military, I was taken aback and reconsidered why I supported him. As a gay man, I realized Trump was attacking my community. From there, my politics slowly became more and more liberal."

Three Tweets from Donald Trump in July of 2017 announcing that he "will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US military"

5. "For me, it was when he pepper-sprayed his own people to go get a Bible picture at the church. I mean, I was making excuses and rationalizing too much anyway, but, yeah, economy be damned, that was really messed up."

Screenshots from a news report of officers charging at, tear-gassing, and pepper-spraying peaceful protestors moments before Trump holds a Bible upside down in front of a church
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6. "When he said that women should expect to get sexually assaulted while working with men in the military."

26,000 unreported sexual assults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?

Twitter: @realDonaldTrump

7. "When he denied and continues to deny COVID. I mean, 220,000 people have died in the US alone. How can he keep saying that it’s not a big deal?"

Trump falsely claiming that COVID would go away in April when the weather got warmer
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"Oh, and I pay more taxes than he does in a year and probably make less than 1% of what he makes in a year. I am embarrassed that I ever supported him in the first place."

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8. "I come from a family of diehard Trump supporters. I voted for him in 2016 because I was 'supposed to,' but there are things that came about in the last couple of years that downright pissed me off: the mishandling of Hurricane Maria’s aftermath in Puerto Rico in 2017, and putting children in cages, among other things."

Trump throwing paper towels into a crowd people in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, who were affected by the hurricaine
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"His mishandling of COVID-19, his lack of empathy, and the Bible photo op...his behavior is utterly ridiculous. And now his party cronies are trying to force through a Supreme Court justice before the election. I simply can’t support him, period."

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9. "My final straw was his hideous reaction to COVID and the BLM protests when he hid in the White House and turned off the lights. It was an absolutely disgusting reaction, as it’s HIS job to unite the country, and he absolutely failed at that."

The White House turning off its lights and going dark as police officers throw tear gas at peaceful protesters on May 31, 2020
Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

10. "The tipping point for my husband started with Trump's lying about the turnout for his inauguration. It clearly spiraled from there."

Side-by-sides of Obama's much-larger crowd size during his inauguration in 2013, vs. Trump's crowd size in 2017
CSPAN / c-span.org / CNN / youtube.com

11. "His blatant disregard of COVID-19 at the beginning of the pandemic showed me that he didn’t care about us, because now 220,000 Americans are dead, and he has the audacity to criticize Governor Gretchen Whitmer for making people wear masks."

The President mentions the Governor of Michigan, the crowd chants lock her up, and the President says lock them all up

Twitter: @Acyn

"I can’t live at the apartment I’m paying rent for on my college campus because I’m high-risk and don’t feel safe. I can’t support a man who calls American deaths a hoax when he could have prevented them."

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12. "My first regret was when he selected his Cabinet, but my disgust was cemented when his administration separated immigrant families at the border."

Senator Bernie Sanders questioning Betsy DeVos during her Confirmation Hearing as Trump's pick to become Secretary of Education
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13. "My mother voted for Trump in the 2016 election. Her breaking point was his horrific response to the COVID-19 pandemic, his response to Black Lives Matter, and his refusal to condemn white supremacy."

Chris Wallace: "Are you willing, tonight, to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down..." Trump: "Proud Boys, stand back and stand by! But I'll tell you what, somebody's got to do something about antifa and the left."

Twitter: @axios

14. And "I'm honestly not sure what the last straw was, but my voter ballot came in the mail, and all I could think was, 'I'm an idiot if I vote for Trump again.'"

Trump making faces during a debate
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The US presidential election is on Nov. 3, and early voting has already started in some states. If you haven't registered to vote, want to check your voter status, or want to request a mail-in ballot, you can do so here.

Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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