Why I Say He’s Not My President
Because I have to.
There is surely a part of me that wants to wants to accept him as my president and move on with it, working to fight racism, misogyny, etc. through other means. I could even imagine myself getting behind the message “Love Trumps Hate”. But that’s not enough.
There are too many things he has said or done which directly negate the values deeply ingrained in me and the values I believed to be deeply ingrained in my country.
When the United States of America elects a new president, we’re telling the world that this person represents us. The president we choose is meant to represent our values and ideals, our temperament and personality, and our best guess at how to move our nation and the world around us forward.
Of course, they also represent our political views and how we feel the government should be run, but it’s so much more than that.
To accept this person as my president, I must be able to say that, while I may not support all of their policies and agree with all of their beliefs, I accept them as the representative of my country and myself as an American citizen. I cannot accept Trump as that representative for myself and my country.
I will not accept the values and ideals he has touted or the temperament and personality he has demonstrated in his campaign as a representation of myself or my country. There are too many things he has said or done which directly negate the values deeply ingrained in me and the values I believed to be deeply ingrained in my country.