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Last night, as I watched the electoral college votes come in state by state, my younger daughter looked at the screen, saw Trump was in the lead, then asked me, “Who did you vote for, mom?”

I was somewhat surprised she was aware of it at all, and I wasn’t sure if I should answer or give her the spiel about how voting is a private matter and one should not ask.

I took a deep breath, and then I said “Trump.”

She looked at me disapprovingly, then said, “Mom, you are supposed to vote for the GIRL.”

I pondered for a minute and then answered, “It wasn’t because she was a girl that I didn’t vote for her, honey. I didn’t vote for her because she has taken a lot of money from people who are going to want favors that aren’t good for our country, and she has told lies, too.”

She considered all this, then got a huge smile on her face, and said, ‘Go, Trump!”

It was a teachable moment.

I hope as she grows up and starts to vote she will remember to always to consider the character and actions of the candidates, not only their gender.  And that in politics, and life, it’s always best to pick the best person for the job, regardless of their gender.

I have high hopes for our country, and our future, and I think Trump will rise to the occasion and do his best to keep his promise to put America and Americans first. He’s overcome amazing odds to get there, something I admire in a person.

I know he’s not perfect, but I don’t think he is as sexist, racist, and everything else he’s been accused of. He’s a straight talker. It’s refreshing, if not always put in the best way. He seemed to be the ultimate apprentice, making blunders, learning from his mistakes, and turning into a better statesman before our eyes. I think he will do well.

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