Anti-Trump Protesters and Their Five 'Demands'
Protesters in Iowa this week had two main goals, said Rachel Walerstein, who attended protest in Iowa. First, they wanted to let people know that rhetoric-fueled violence against people of color, immigrants and LGBT people won't stand, she said.
"The second is to make a statement of political instability to render it difficult to govern, and in particular, to make it impossible for Trump to implement his policies in the first 100 days," she said. "For me, it's important to make these statements known and visible."
"Making a statement" is very fashionable and has been a very popular pastime for liberals since the 1960s. But just imagine a conservative saying he or she is demonstrating to foment "political instability." You can bet the FBI and Homeland Security would be on that person in a flash.
"He needs to really address all the divisive, hateful things he's said in the past and recant them, denounce them," protester Nick Truesdale told CNN in New York on Friday.
Trump told The Wall Street Journal this week that he doesn't think his rhetoric on the campaign trail went too far. But he also said he wanted people to come together, according to the newspaper.
"I want a country that loves each other," he told the Journal this week. "I want to stress that."
Most of these jamokes couldn't tell you anything specific Trump said that was "divisive" and "hateful." They just know what they've read in the media and what their intellectual betters have said on TV.
In truth, Trump is a lout and had many hateful, hurtful things to say during the campaign. And, in a very real way, some of his rhetoric was divisive. But why should he "denounce" and "recant" what he said? He won.
Finally, there's the "Not my president" crowd:
"No to Trump and no to any future leaders who prey on our fear and lie to us plainly, be they dressed as friends or foes. No to a president that wants to ban all Muslims. No to a president who calls Mexicans rapists," the Facebook invite for an Atlanta protest says. "No to rape culture. No to a president that not so subtly romanticizes white supremacy and mourns its loss though we all know it has been alive and well. No to leaders who propagate the destruction of our environment."
The only people playing on your fears are the people who are ginning up this artificial narrative that electing Trump has somehow made the U.S. a more dangerous place. It's giving the snowflakes on college campuses the vapors and scaring America's school children half to death because it suits the political purposes of people who do not care if Donald Trump is president, only that they can manipulate the gullible into destroying his presidency.
To be fair, numerous conservatives said in 2008 that Barack Obama was not their president either. But I don't recall any riots when John McCain lost. Nor do I remember any disturbances when Mitt Romney was defeated.
But then, I'm getting old and the memory is the first thing to go.