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Anti-Trump Protests Are a Right, And An Important One at That

Posted on: March 17, 2017

Two protesters holding a rainbow flag that reads, "not my president."

Photo credit: Hayk_Shalunts / Shutterstock

The day after Trump was elected, there were people protesting in cities across the country. People were protesting the day after that as well. You’ll also recall the protests that took place in airports across the country after Trump introduced his immigration ban.

It’s likely that this is going to be a mainstay for a while, as people, scared and angry about his winning the election, take to the streets to vent those frustrations. Trump has called it unfair. Giuliani has called the protesters cry-babies. They’re both wrong.

Protesting is a right that we all share as Americans, and when you build your campaign on hate and violence to the degree that Trump has, you have to expect that people are going to protest you. Trump lost the popular vote, yet won the presidency, just like George W. Bush did in 2000.

This is not how democracy is supposed to work. If Clinton had won the electoral college but lost the popular vote, Giuliani and his cohorts would be complaining about it for the next four years and then some.

But despite what anyone thinks, these protests are legal and constitutionally protected. It’s an effective way to show displeasure with the new president, who many Americans have reason to fear. Trump’s campaign, and his supporters, want to deny other Americans a whole slew of civil rights. Fortunately, activists and protesters will never let that happen.

The protests will likely continue for a while, but eventually they’ll come less and less often, as people become accustomed to the “new normal” of whatever Trump’s presidency will entail. That’s when we should start to worry, not now.

Protesting is a sign that people are socially and politically engaged. It is a sign that people are paying attention and that they care about what is happening in the world. How on earth is that a bad thing?

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