I just saw a brief news story of people gathering in the downtown area where I live who were protesting the election of Trump: “Not my president!” Well, no. He is our president.
I went on a long rant on an earlier post when Trump said he was going to keep us in suspense on whether he would concede and recognize Hillary if she won. It was a bullshit thing to say and both Democrats and Republicans called him out on it. Now the tables are turned. It was a nasty process, but Donald Trump did win. We can’t be hypocritical as Americans and say he is an illegitimate president.
And for all of those anti-Trumpers who said they were going to move to Canada, I always thought that was bullshit too. You don’t abandon your country because a narcissistic clown made it into office. You keep him in check and you fight for your principles. If our republic can’t survive Trump then what good is it?
We also need to take a step back and figure out what Trump is actually going to do and what he will realistically be able to do. The president of the United States is not a dictator and compromise is coming. My vote against him was more on moral grounds than legislative so I’ll be curious to see what happens, for better or worse. And, while I think Trump voters knew he was blowing hot air about building a wall and making Mexico pay for it–we should call him out on it. Let’s see, in an age of tech jobs, if he can bring back manufacturing, make streets safer for “the African Americans,” conquer ISIS and terrorism, make new trade deals in our favor and make America great again (as if that isn’t a subjective statement). However, when it comes to banning all Muslims and deporting millions of illegal immigrants, this is where reasonable people have to speak up (and he’s already walked back these statements anyhow).
UPDATE: I’m already seeing the Twitter hashtag #NotMyPresident and the protests in the street on the nightly news. I’m sorry Hillary lost, but your president isn’t necessarily your president because you voted for someone else or you do not like what he or she stands for. It’s time to focus on the issues and let your representatives know your feelings on actions they may take in the wake of this Trump win.