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Anti-trump protestor holds up a sign that reads “love trumps hate” following hashtag, “#notmypresident” on
Nov. 10, 2016 at 19th street to 31st street, in Oakland, Calif.

Anti-trump protestor holds up a sign that reads “love trumps hate” following hashtag, “#notmypresident” on Nov. 10, 2016 at 19th street to 31st street, in Oakland, Calif.

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Anti-trump protestor holds up a sign that reads “love trumps hate” following hashtag, “#notmypresident” on Nov. 10, 2016 at 19th street to 31st street, in Oakland, Calif.

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The results of last week’s general election were nothing short of horrifying. Morality, human decency, and respect for others was all thrown out the window in favor of a giant angry prairie dog with policy positions that nobody is really sure of at this point, and a temper that makes the Hulk look comatose.

In response to what we all thought (and prayed) was impossible, many Americans all across the country have taken to the streets protesting the election results in outcry, claiming that Trump is “not my President.”

While peaceful protest is a staple of American democracy, and has led the charge for vast and necessary changes in this country, in this case, it is 100 percent wrong.

Donald Trump is our President. Yours, mine, and everyone else’s from sea to shining sea.

You might not be happy about it, and trust me I’m just as mortified as everyone else, but to protest as if injustice has been or is being done is insurmountably misguided.

Trump won fair and square under the precedent set in Article II, Section I of the United States Constitution. Yes a majority of those who voted did so in favor of Hillary Clinton, but until there is a constitutional amendment that abolishes the Electoral College as we know it, that does not matter.

Since Trump’s victory, protests have erupted from coast to coast, turning cities into flashpoints for those looking to lick their wounds in light of the Democratic Party’s recent plight.

One protest consisting of 4000 people in Portland, Oregon went so far as to deteriorate into a riot, resulting in buildings and cars being vandalized, and objects being thrown at police officers, according to a report by the Portland Police Department.

Another protest against the President-elect at American University in Washington D.C. took a turn for the worse, resulting in students burning an American flag and claiming that it was a “representation of America.”

The subtle irony in all of this tragedy is that according to NBC affiliate KGW, 112 people were arrested during the Portland riots, and according to public record, a whopping two-thirds of them either did not vote at all, or were not registered to vote.

Add that to the Washington Post statistic that 43 percent of registered voters did not vote in this election cycle and the historically horrendous voter turnout among those ages 18-24, and what you have can only be equated to when a small child is hungry for dinner, but shoots down everything in the fridge in tantrum.

Being a sore loser and protesting the democratic process that you chose not to participate in is just as bad as those who have vandalized buildings with graffiti swastikas in celebration of Trump’s victory.

When Trump takes office, protest his policies, protest his cabinet, and pressure your representatives on Capitol Hill to do whatever they can to prevent his dangerous agenda from being put in place.

But do not protest his victory. Your candidate lost. It didn’t seem fathomable, because her opponent is nothing short of revolting, but she lost nonetheless. Because that’s how democracy works.

Sometimes you win, and sometimes you don’t. But when it doesn’t work how you want it, don’t protest the result, because to protest the electoral process is to protest the constitution that also gives you the right to protest in the first place.

In the future, do as President Obama urged everyone to do during this election: Don’t boo. Don’t protest. Vote.

 

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