Trump Protesters — it’s time to go home.
I know you expected a different outcome. I did. Most of the world did, including, if we and they are honest, many of Trump’s own supporters. That contributes to the shock value of the result. That’s fair.
Stop the “Not My President” bullshit. Don’t like me calling it what it is? Tough. How obscenely racist would that hashtag have been in 2008? You’re arguing the results of a clean and fair election. You lost. I lost. She lost. But the process is fair and final. He is your president and mine, no matter your opinion. Stop with the absurd petitions to stop him and anoint Hillary. It’s not happening, and anyone with more than a couple of functioning brain cells should know that.
Imagine the hew and cry if Trump supporters were in the streets and chanting “Lock Her Up”. You’d be in a tizzy. You’d call it treasonous and want the protesters arrested immediately for crimes against your feelings, and the state.
Take a step back and recognize that no one is saying this about you. You have every right to have your feelings heard, but know that all you’re doing is expressing your feelings. You’re not protesting anything in particular, rather simply expressing disappointment and frustration, with an understandable dose of fear.
I understand your frustration and concern. I do. Trump said some horrible things and campaigned on a platform built on lies, innuendo, fear, and bigotry… fill in the undesirable attribute of your choosing. There is legitimate cause for concern over many of his proposals, much of his rhetoric, the broader Republican party platform, and the motivations of some who supported him. But nothing has actually happened yet. Your grievance is with his words. You are not aggrieved.
By protesting words, and worse, blocking roadways, and doing property damage (sounds a lot like rioting), you’re affirming the belief of many Trump supporters that we are, increasingly, a weak nation of thin-skinned children. Prove them wrong by accepting the results of our robust democratic process, even when you don’t like the result. Grow up. Go home.
Gear up to protest things that actually happen and have real-world implications. Emboldened by a dramatic win and with control of Congress, Trump and the Republicans may well try to do some horribly regressive shit. Protest then. Protest that. Demand the best of your elected leaders. Save it for actual policy disputes, things that matter and are real.
Go home. There’s nothing to protest right now. Not yet.