Skip To Content
  • Viral badge
Jun 15, 2020

People Who Voted For Trump In 2016 Are Revealing Their "Breaking Point" Moment When They Stopped Supporting Him

"You literally can’t trust anything he says. It could be blatant lies and he wouldn’t care at all."

Yesterday, a Reddit thread posed a question to the internet: "Republicans who will not be voting for Donald Trump this time around, what was the breaking point for you?"

Mark Wilson / Getty Images

The post quickly went viral, as thousands of self-described former Trump voters shared the moment they realized they no longer could support the POTUS.

Jim Watson / Getty Images

Here are some of the top-voted responses from the thread:

1. "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."

Drew Angerer / Getty Images

2. "Mandating all of his Secret Service escort to stay at his resorts and pay for high-end rooms, with our tax dollars."

throwaway-person

3. "If I had to pick one thing that was truly eye-opening for me, it was the worsening of the kids in cages thing."

PeaceInExile

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

New York Times

5. "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."

WelcometoHale

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

AustinTheWeird

7. "When he gassed a bunch of innocent protesters with tear gas to get a picture of him holding a bible."

Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images

8. "Stripping wildlife and environmental protections."

GPQ70

9. "Comparing his coronavirus briefing ratings to The Bachelor."

hominidnumber9

10. "[When he said,] 'Suppose we hit the body with a tremendous light.'"

After hearing presentation President Trump suggests irradiating people's bodies with UV light or injecting them with bleach or alcohol to deal with COVID19.

Mjbass

11. "The final blow? His handling of the coronavirus. Putting states at odds with each other and the feds over medical supplies? Why can't we know where the $500 billion [bailout for corporations] was allocated? What businesses?"

mentaltease

12. "Bailing out undeserving businesses instead of the real, hard-working Americans affected by the pandemic."

andhowareyou

13. "Recently when he threatened to shoot looters. (I don't support the looting, it's just that the punishment shouldn't be death.) Also when he said that the 75-year-old man who was pushed down was actually ANTIFA."

....These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!

14. "When he tweeted about a fake Russian propaganda bullshit article about how the old man that got pushed over by the cops and in the hospital for a week was a spy [for ANTIFA]. Can't even believe how stupid Trump is, can't believe that people still support him."

Buffalo protester shoved by Police could be an ANTIFA provocateur. 75 year old Martin Gugino was pushed away after appearing to scan police communications in order to black out the equipment. @OANN I watched, he fell harder than was pushed. Was aiming scanner. Could be a set up?

15. "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."

JP5683

16. "The [rally] 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."

President Trump criticizes windmills again in speech on energy: "All of a sudden it stops, the wind and the televisions go off, and your wives and husbands say, 'Darling, I want to watch Donald Trump on television tonight, but the wind stopped blowing" https://t.co/AfEIFrfeM5

17. "TBH I was never a Trump supporter, but I had felt that the guy was not as bad as the media portrayed him and was somewhat redeemable. Then he betrayed the Kurds. Those people fought and died alongside US soldiers, and Trump just stepped aside and let them be slaughtered so he wouldn’t offend Turkey. I can tolerate an immature asshole. I cannot tolerate a traitor."

thatguymike123

18. "2020. It's literally making me miss Obama (who I really opposed on a policy level). The grace and kindness he displayed is oh so necessary right now, and it's nowhere to be found in the current administration."

AdmirablePassage

19. "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'...and 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."

Win Mcnamee / Getty Images

20. "The childish name-calling of everyone he doesn't like. A grown up, and especially the president, should not act like that. I can also do without constantly hearing him talk about how great he is in third person."

Earthicus

21. "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."

Drew Angerer / Getty Images

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

Neo_F150

23. "It took me less than six months after he was inaugurated before I realized I made a huge mistake in voting for Trump. Just the way he handled himself, the people around him, those different from him, and his immediate lying made me realize that he is not mentally well."

theycallmenaptime

24. "My breaking point was the tweets to Michigan and Virginia [in which he falsely claimed that their governors] were coming for their guns. You simply shouldn’t purposefully turn your own citizens against each other. That really scared me."

LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!

And finally, there was this former Trump supporter who simply said...

25. "**Broadly gestures at everything.**"

Drew Angerer / Getty Images

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

BuzzFeed Daily

Keep up with the latest daily buzz with the BuzzFeed Daily newsletter!

Newsletter signup form