As a female Trump supporter, I have finally been vindicated

Sarah Hagmayer, spokesperson for Students for Trump

I was in hysterics when Donald Trump won the election. As key states were turning red, my mascara started to run. After a year of being ridiculed for supporting the supposedly racist, xenophobic, sexist, chauvinist pig, my bottled-up emotions exploded like Independence Day fireworks.

Finally my anxiety, that for months I struggled to suppress, was freed in celebratory fashion. At last I could enjoy the long-waited victory, but I knew not everyone was kicking off their heels.

I knew that the other 53% of women who voted for Clinton were also living a nightmare, and felt that time just went 55 years backwards.

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These were the women, including 94% of black women and 68% of Hispanic or Latino women, who were terrified about losing their reproductive rights, facing a growing wage gap and, most importantly, having a president that would look at them like objects.

Hillary Clinton tapped into their frustrations, and her glamourised movement was fuelled by the haughty attitudes of a snobby elite. They slandered us by accusing us of bigotry, and labelling us a "basket of deplorables".

It's not that I ever suffered from internalised misogyny or secretly hated other women because I voted for Donald Trump. Personally, I felt that Hillary Clinton ran an uninspiring, narcissistic campaign purely based on the privilege of becoming the first ever female president.

Her snobby politics, which included allegedly taking millions from countries where women are still treated horribly and reportedly belittling women her husband had affairs with, ended up alienating 62% of women without a degree. It was never about women betraying feminism, but Hillary Clinton completely disregarded a huge potential voter base with her smug demeanour.

Sarah Hagmayer in a tweet pictured with her twin sister, Samantha

As a young woman pursuing a business degree, what disturbed me most was Hillary Clinton's message that Donald Trump was not qualified enough to be president. She tried to disqualify a man who went to an Ivy League school, changed skylines, built beautiful buildings around the world, and made billions out of a million-dollar loan.

I wanted to achieve the American dream like Donald Trump, but instead I was shamed by Hillary's army who seized any opportunity to reiterate Trump's past insults. I'd never have guessed that I would be deemed disloyal to women by overlooking some offensive remarks, and continuing to support a man with great success and as much love for America as I had.

If Melania Trump could accept her husband's apology for his comments and move on, why couldn't other women?

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Melania Knauss (later Trump) and then-boyfriend Donald Trump at the Vanity Fair Oscars party in Hollywood, 2004.Reuters

Melania truly conveyed the aspiration in her husband's campaign, but was scorned at on multiple occasions for coming to her husband's defence. Her modelling career was even laughed at; why was her success considered shameful?

Melania Trump, who had an incredible story about growing up in Slovenia and emigrating to the United States, was mocked for proposing an anti-cyberbullying platform if made first lady. Her message "America meant if you could dream it, you could become it" was also tragically ignored or made fun of.

I thought Melania Trump was just as inspiring as any female politician.

I wanted a chance to fulfill my dreams more than I wanted a female president; I couldn't fathom how voting in vain for a power-hungry woman would create those opportunities for the future. How could I vote for a woman who appeared to cheat her way to receive the Democratic nomination over Bernie Sanders or danced around FBI investigations? No one needed a degree to use common sense.

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I realised that throughout her campaign, Hillary Clinton talked endlessly about this metaphoric glass ceiling that she had to break, but clearly she dropped her own hammer to do it. I wasn't a woman-hater because I believed Donald Trump emphasised the idea of having a prosperous America for everyone.

Clinton focused on old, petty comments and hosted a pity party that I had no interest joining. Under a Trump presidency, I knew no matter what kind of education I had, regardless of where I came from, as long as I worked hard, the sky would be my limit. He made it clear he would be opening doors for all Americans, and no woman would ever have to shatter any glass to reach their goals.


Sarah Hagmayer is a student at Rowan College in Burlington County, New Jersey. She served as spokeswoman and a communications director for the Students for Trump organisation.


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