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.
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.