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Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Trump fans, welcome to the backlash against your backlash. It’s only just getting started.

Peo­ple all across the Dis­unit­ed States of Amer­i­ca, dis­gust­ed with Don­ald Trump’s vic­to­ry in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, have tak­en to the streets to protest the foul-mouthed neo­fas­cist, with many declar­ing “He’s Not My President.”

In city after city, from Den­ver to Chica­go to Los Ange­les to San Fran­cis­co and Oak­land to New York to Seat­tle and Port­land, mul­tira­cial crowds are march­ing, car­ry­ing signs, and voic­ing their dis­plea­sure with the elec­tion results… loudly.

Many snide Trump fans on social media sound as though they had not expect­ed this reac­tion, seem­ing­ly hav­ing failed to appre­ci­ate that the real estate tycoon they’re fanat­ic about is just as emphat­i­cal­ly dis­liked by a greater num­ber of people.

Trump fans, wel­come to the back­lash against your back­lash. You pro­pelled a big­ot­ed preda­tor with author­i­tar­i­an designs into the White House, prey­ing on the fears and frus­tra­tions of fel­low cit­i­zens. You should not be sur­prised that peo­ple are upset. Tol­er­ance and inclu­sion are fun­da­men­tal Amer­i­can val­ues, and they were repeat­ed­ly attacked by Don­ald Trump in his nasty, divi­sive campaign.

Those who are out protest­ing know full well that tol­er­ance for intol­er­ance only leads to more intol­er­ance. That’s why peo­ple have tak­en to the streets.

Donald Trump calls 2012 election a sham

Trump fans, we haven’t for­got­ten what your man tweet­ed in the wake of the last pres­i­den­tial elec­tion… like his com­ment that “the pho­ny Elec­toral Col­lege made a laugh­ing­stock out of our nation” or “Let’s fight like hell and stop this great and dis­gust­ing injus­tice! The world is laugh­ing at us!”

We at NPI have watched for years as you Trump fans have ridiculed, mocked, insult­ed, and attempt­ed to smear our cur­rent Pres­i­dent, Barack Oba­ma, false­ly insin­u­at­ing or out­right claim­ing he isn’t even an Amer­i­can citizen.

Then we watched you unleash a tor­rent of hate against Demo­c­ra­t­ic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hillary Clin­ton, call­ing for her impris­on­ment and even exe­cu­tion.

Now your man, who led that racist birtherism charge a few years ago, has won a pro­ject­ed major­i­ty in the Elec­toral Col­lege, and you have the audac­i­ty to demand that the oppo­si­tion qui­et­ly respect the out­come of an elec­tion you were hint­ing only days ago you’d con­sid­er rigged if it went the oth­er way.

That’s not going to hap­pen. These protests are only just the beginning.

Amer­i­can pro­gres­sives will not be still or remain qui­et in the face of your big­otry and Trump’s big­otry. We know that if we are not con­tin­u­al­ly work­ing to expand free­dom, it will con­tract, as we have seen in this elec­tion. We are deter­mined to car­ry on the fight to expand free­dom in this coun­try as 2016 ends and 2017 begins. To not do so would mean aban­don­ing the val­ues this coun­try was found­ed upon.

So expect these protests to con­tin­ue, and expect a lot more of them in the years to come. The First Amend­ment, the Bill of Rights, and the Unit­ed States Con­sti­tu­tion don’t belong to you only. They belong to all Amer­i­cans. Our first free­doms exist to be exer­cised, and they are being exer­cised tonight across this coun­try by patri­ot­ic Amer­i­cans ready to fight to pre­vent this coun­try from slip­ping fur­ther into darkness.

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