Trump Voter: By Supporting Trump, I Signed My Own “Death Warrant” As A Teacher
Nancy Shively, a special education teacher in Oklahoma, writes in an op-ed for USA Today that the coronavirus pandemic has led to the end of her Republican identity.
- A self-professed lifelong Republican, Shively shared that she voted for Trump in 2016 as he was the “less bad of two bad choices.”
When the pandemic hit, the incompetence of the man for whom I had voted and the complicity of everyone around him forced me to admit that I could no longer maintain any kind of self-respect as a Republican. So even though I had voted Republican in every presidential election since 1976, I changed my voter registration to independent and I will be voting for Joe Biden in November.
- Shively expresses concern that her vote for Trump in 2016 might have been signing her own death warrant. As an elderly teacher with two autoimmune diseases, she worries for her health as schools begin to reopen in the coming weeks.
- She writes of other teachers who are in the same precarious situation, having to weigh the risks of returning to work with the potential loss of their only source of income. Shively’s school district announced that masks will be optional, which will endanger both students and teachers.
- Speaking of a young teacher she knows who suffers from chronic kidney problems and is at high risk of complications if she contracts the virus, Shively writes: “She can’t quit her only source of income. … Her only choice right now, she told me, is to increase her life insurance and hope for the best. That is not a choice. That is our government failing us.”
- Shively closes out her piece by calling on the president and Education Secretary Betsy Devos to ensure that a return to schools be done safely.