BRAVA, Ms. Johnstone!
Ignore the bots and trolls. Your essay is right on and legally sound.
I became a US citizen last January just so I could vote for Bernie Sanders in the primary. This, after living in the US for 40 years but never being moved by a candidate, never being able to say, “This person speaks for me”. I was so hopeful; I was so excited to see people-centered policies like raising the minimum wage, Medicare for All, tuition-free public college, and paid family leave being talked about by a man I’d been following since the 90s, about whom I had repeatedly said, “If he ever runs for president, I’ll become a citizen so I can vote for him.”
I, too, donated a fair bit of money, $25–50 at a time. For a mostly-unemployed writer, four figures is a lot of money. I’d like to have it back so I can donate it to local animal shelters and Doctors Without Borders. The Democrats, including all their online shills, have made it abundantly clear — especially in the past few weeks — that they do not want me or my democratic socialist colleagues in “their” party. They just want my vote every so often, and oh yeah, my money.
Sorry, not gonna play that game any more.