With just 15 days remaining in what many consider to be the weirdest presidential election ever, most Americans have chosen the candidate they believe to be the lesser of two evils.
However, with both candidates' favorability ratings hilariously low, many people's choices today differ from what they were a few months ago. Voters, just like the candidates, are flip-flopping, and nowhere is this more visible than in the case of Donald Trump's supporters.
As the election progresses and Americans are increasingly subjected to his myriad bigotries, apparent inexperience and misinformed beliefs, people are changing their minds about the man they once believed should lead. Some do a political 180 and pledge their support for his rival Hillary Clinton, while others throw their hands up and pledge not to vote at all.
However, what's less clear is the reasoning behind people's emigration away from the Trump-lord. What did he say or do that caused them to change their minds?
To find out, we scoured our social networks for known Trump supporters, then asked them whether or not they'd changed their minds about him over the past few months. While about half the people we spoke to didn't budge on the Orange Boy one bit, the other half did have some sort of come-to-Jesus moment, realizing that the man they once supported no longer deserved their vote.
Here's what they considered to be their last-straw Trump moment:
"When he made the comment about those who support the Second Amendment being able to 'do something about Hillary Clinton,' I lost all respect for him." – Mark, 66
"I waited until the first debate to see if he came out presidential or kept up the same facade that he had during the primaries. He came out worse and I knew this guy couldn't be president if he couldn't learn to work within the system." – Bill, 52
"My last straw with Trump was when he and Megan Kelly went at it over her asking him questions about his treatment of women. Funny it's all come back to bite him in the ass." – Travis, 28
"During the third debate when he refused to say whether he'd accept the results of the election. I've been undecided for a while, but his suggestion that he might not abide by the rules of the election should he lose was just too far outside the comfort zone for me. I'm afraid there will be extremism and domestic terrorism if he wins or loses … people are just too frenzied about him at this point for me to consider him presidential rather than dictatorial." – Anne, 35
"The pussy grab thing, obviously. For a while, I was on his side because I can't conceivably elect someone like Hillary Clinton to office and I considered him a better choice than her. But being a victim of sexual assault myself, I was disgusted at his comment. It felt like he and the person who assaulted me had a lot in common, and now, I feel like I don't have a candidate in this race anymore." – Lori, 44
"His weirdo birther rant during the first debate. It showed how out of touch he is with real issues. He also used all three debates to spout off about how great he was rather than answer any questions the moderators had with real information about his platform. I don't think he knows what his platform is, or how politics even work. I used to support him because he was such a breath of fresh air and I support his immigration reform plan, but that's pretty much the only thing he seems to have a solid plan about and that's unsettling." – Nancy, 59
"When he called immigrants rapists and drug dealers. I immigrated from Russia when I was five with my parents, and although we lived undocumented for a few years, we did our best to contribute to the community and improve our situation the right way, by the book. My mother worked with computers and my father ran a laundromat. I don't see how that translates to rape and drug dealing … also, many American citizens rape and deal drugs. Will he deport them too? Being an immigrant doesn't make you a bad person." – Alexi, 38
Opinions and experiences like these are vital in a race where many voters have still, incomprehensibly, not taken sides. According to data from RAND Corporation's Presidential Election Panel Survey, about 11 percent of unregistered voters were undecided as of September. However, the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News data has that number at 8 percent for October, proving that the undecided voter gap can be closed by things that candidates say and do, even this far into the election.
Of course, if you were looking for more reasons to be swayed away from Trump Nasty, you don't have to look far.
“Real Time” host Bill Maher questioned how it was even possible that undecided voters were still considering giving Trump their vote, saying “For me, the great sadness is knowing that even if Trump doesn’t become president, we live in a country where half the people think he should be.
Trump saying he would kill the children of terrorists with drone strikes, physically throwing out 12 million Mexicans, banning all Muslims, giving Saudi Arabia nukes, running a scam university, cheating veterans out of charity money, not paying taxes, picking [Russian President Vladimir] Putin as his favorite leader, not being able to let go of a feud for a whole week with a beauty queen, the impressions of the handicapped, nothing?!”
For many Americans, a big, fat nothing is the response to this rap sheet. But, as the ones we spoke with prove, there are some people that have heard what The Donald decrees, and have gone against their own party affiliations to distance themselves from him. Here's to hoping it's enough.