Protesting Trump? Protest those who didn’t vote.
The ultimate protest is in the ballot box on Election Day.
Just under one week ago, Donald J. Trump became our President-Elect.
There was controversy. There were nasty things said. After all, it was the ugliest election in the history of elections, probably until the next election.
135 million in the U.S. voted by last Tuesday — and they had a choice. Vote for Hillary Clinton, or vote for Donald J. Trump (plus two others, Harambe, and me).
Donald J. Trump won. Protests ensued.
“He’s not my president!,” people screamed (they’re right — he’s your President-elect).
Riots in cities across the Nation — in Portland, Los Angeles, probably more.
And here we are, six days after the election: writers and activists trying to find ways and new hot takes to scheme Trump out of being the President — something he earned (like it or not) fair and square based off the system that the United States has used for 229 years (the electoral college system was approved on September 6, 1787).
Protesters keep protesting — and good for them. Protest peacefully all you want; it’s your right, and I completely support your right to speak your mind, even if I think you’re wrong. That freedom is a quintessential part of being an American, and something that others in countries worldwide can’t enjoy.
But instead of turning to the streets to protest Trump, why aren’t more people angry at the rest of the population who didn’t vote? Estimates are showing that upwards of half of those in the United States who are eligible to vote…didn’t. Those are the people that protesters should be mad about.
Why aren’t more people angry at the rest of the population who didn’t vote?
In the past, groups have protested, boycotted, or done other things to try to get brands or companies that have done things considered ‘offensive’ by some — and blown up by the media — to change. That generally works — it incites change. Then, the offensive t-shirt (or other item) is removed from the shelf, a spokesperson releases an apologetic statement, and a ransom donation from the company is made to an organization supporting the rights of those offended.
But that doesn’t work here. You can’t protest Mr. Trump out of office. You can’t rob our Nation from the President we fairly and squarely elected based on our system and rules.
Be mad all you want now and protest away, but President-elect Trump was elected by our fellow Americans. Be mad at those who didn’t participate in our system of government at all.
After all, the ultimate protest is at the ballot box on Election Day — and that was a week ago. If you’re protesting — or rioting against — Mr. Trump now, good for you.
Just remember, though: you’ve already lost.