A TikToker says her critically ill dad was going to vote for Donald Trump, but went for Joe Biden to please his kids after “intense exchanges” over politics. The supposedly inspirational message was lost on many, however.
A video blogger who goes by the name ‘Erleepen’ on TikTok shared an emotional story about her father, who she says has a few months to live at most and voted for the Democratic presidential candidate instead of his preferred choice – Trump – after his children prodded him into changing his mind.
THIS!!! Wait for it 😭❤️😭 pic.twitter.com/RFgzU4wyWm
— Jay Arnold 🎬 (@jadedcreative) October 25, 2020
“My 55 year-old conservative dad has never voted Democrat in his life. He’s dying of Aplastic Anemia [a condition that occurs when a body stops producing enough new blood cells],” cards flashed by the blogger in the video read.
“We’ve had some intense exchanges about him voting for Trump this year, which has been painful, since we’ll almost certainly lose him in the next few weeks/months. He has 6 daughters who love him dearly,” the next couple of cards read.
The blogger, who is teary-eyed and visibly distraught at that point of the video, then brightens up and smiles as she shows a card, announcing that “yesterday” her father “was so excited to tell me he’d just voted for Biden/Harris 2020.”
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‘Erleepen’ says her father told her that he voted Biden – apparently casting aside his own political beliefs in the process – because “it matters to my girls and my girls matter to me.”
The short clip ends with the woman calling on her followers to jump on the Democratic train.
“Vote for the guy who respects women! If my very Republican dad can…So. Can. You.”
The bizarre pro-Biden message has struck a chord with many of the former VP’s ardent supporters on Twitter, serving as a source of inspiration for some.
The clip is said to have “inspired” one self-avowed member of the Trump resistance to restore family ties that were broken by politics.
…..A future for OUR children. How would you feel, for the rest of your life, if I was all of a sudden gone? Well, if I never hear from you, I will know.”
— Joan Lenny (@joan_lenny) October 25, 2020
Another commenter said he was sending the video to all his “e-mail pals & some Trump supporters,” calling it a “good one to pass around.”
I sent this video 2 all my e-mail pals & some Trump supporters. It’s a good one 2 pass around.I too cannot understand anyone,especially women, who would vote for a man like Trump,who berates &disrespects women. a man who doesn’t see the value of women is a disgrace
— LetMePutNMy2Cents (@MonicaWhitfie14) October 25, 2020
However, not everybody was so enthusiastic about the message.
“Shaming your father while he’s on his deathbed and fighting with him until he changes his vote is hardly the inspirational message you think it is,” journalist Sophia Narwitz opined.
Shaming your father while he’s on his deathbed and fighting with him until he changes his vote is hardly the inspirational message you think it is. 😑pic.twitter.com/TUm2JdH0BP
— Sophia (train conductor) Narwitz (@SophNar0747) October 25, 2020
“Imagine being the sort of person who spends their last moments with their father arguing about politics? This poor man,” one person tweeted.
Imagine being the sort of person who spends their last moments with their father arguing about politics?
This poor man.
— Naninizhoni (@naninizhoni) October 25, 2020
Others argued that it was tone-deaf for the blogger to use her dying father to push for votes, be it “for Trump, Biden, the Pope or God himself.”
Has nothing to do with who she wanted him to vote for. Using her dying father to push for more votes is a fucked up thing to do. Doesn’t matter if it’s for Trump, Biden, the Pope or God himself. It’s cruel, and fucked. I seriously hope you don’t treat your own family like she did
— LM – Louisiana Mom 📚📝🦻 (@louisanamom) October 26, 2020
While the message was supposed to drum up support for Biden, it apparently had the opposite effect on some.
“These things make me want to vote for Trump and I hate Trump,” one commenter tweeted.
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