It’s 1:35am PST as I write this. I was actually just about to go to bed, but my mind has been working overtime the past week as I have watched our nation’s capital prepare for the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump. Along with that, I have also watched the hearings of his various cabinet members, as well as the reactions on social media. There are plenty of funny memes and snarky comments to go around – including my own – but at the end of the day, many of us realize that the laughter is only temporary relief, since nothing about this is a joke.
I try to remain as composed as possible. I have the epitome of a love/hate relationship with politics. I have been around them long enough to see the ugly in both parties and it’s repulsive. With that said, I will never be able to understand those who say they don’t have a political opinion because politics are “stupid”. No, no, no! Politics are not stupid and I assure you that you absolutely do have a political opinion. You just don’t like the process or the politicians. Neither do I for the most part, but I care a lot about the issues and everyone should. Like I said, I try to remain composed, but it isn’t always easy.
I’ve seen a lot of President-Elect Trump’s followers try really hard to act like him recently. When some of us voiced our opinion on his Education Secretary nominee, Betsy DeVos, Trump’s followers started to throw around the “You’re just all still bitter Clinton lost! It’s sad! Get over it!” argument. That is a terrible way to oversimplify genuine concern for this great country that we live in. The truth is that I didn’t support Hillary Clinton and I certainly didn’t support Donald Trump, so I didn’t lose in the sense that they would like to believe. I am not bitter at all. I am, however, concerned. I watched as DeVos essentially plead the 5th to most of the questions she was asked. This was clearly a woman who had no idea what life and education is like for those of us who are making less than $100,000 a year and is terribly unqualified for the position she is nominated for. The worst part is that’s the trend with most of Trump’s nominees.
Trump tweeted this before the start of the new year:
“Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!”
Just imagine if President Obama had tweeted this prior to either of his inaugurations (in which he won both the Electoral College and Popular Vote by actual landslides). If you are not completely brainwashed by President-Elect Trump, you can not tell me with 100% honesty that it would have been okay with you. It wouldn’t have been okay with me and I campaigned for the guy! The truth is that many of the people who voted for Trump, voted for him because they loved his anti-PC message. This strikes me as funny as they are the definition of a group of people who can dish it out, but can’t take it. President Obama never once referred to those who voted against him as losers or enemies, yet they were offended by the fact he had the audacity to even run for President.
Now I am not a fan of everything that happened during Obama’s presidency either. I do, however, remember a man who always remained calm, even when thousands of people questioned his place of birth and his religion, including our President-Elect for no reason at all. I am not here to suggest that it had to with the color of his skin or his name, but we had never seen any previous Presidents go through that sort of scrutiny. Fast-forward to 2017 and President-Elect Trump can’t even handle what Saturday Night Live has to say about him. Can you imagine if we all questioned his birthplace or religion? Can you imagine what the response would be? It would be anything, but calm.
In Trump’s first press conference as President-Elect, he would not answer a question from CNN because he viewed them as “fake news”. We all know MSNBC has a liberal bias and FOX NEWS swings right and yes, CNN today is much different than the respected news institutions of old, but in my opinion, it is a must that our Commander-In-Chief answers questions from every single one of these news outlets. He has already waged a war against the media and journalists, not because they are actually “fake”, but because he doesn’t always like what they have to say. Just as he calls polls that he doesn’t like “rigged”, he calls news he doesn’t like “fake” because he is a 70 year-old spoiled brat. I am not saying that to call names. I am stating a fact. If Trump doesn’t like how it tastes, he spits it out all over his figurative bib.
I am not “reeling from a loss” and I am not “bitter”. I am an American citizen and I am concerned and my concerns – OUR concerns are valid. We deserve better than a man who can’t face a news reporter. We deserve a leader who will look adversity in the face and take it head on with poise and maturity. Every single one of us deserves better than this, even those of you who voted for Trump. We live in a strong, smart and resilient country. We deserve a strong, smart and resilient leader. Someone who doesn’t shrug off a foreign entity dabbling in our own election.
I am not suggesting that Hillary Clinton was the answer, the DNC has lost my trust for now, but that’s for a different day. All I am suggesting is that we all recognize the fact that President-Elect Trump doesn’t deserve any of us right now; Republicans, Democrats or Independents. We are all better than this. After tomorrow Donald Trump will be your President. I have seen a lot of my left leaning friends use the hashtag #NotMyPresident and I understand their feelings, but don’t forget what the term “My President” actually means. The President works for us. He is not our boss. He is not a dictator. He is “our President” because we the people are his boss. When he takes office tomorrow remember that. No matter which party you have voted for your whole life, we need President Trump to know that we demand better than what we’ve seen during this transition time and that we won’t stop demanding it until it happens.
Get better soon America.
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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