Accepting the Presidency of Trump is a Step Towards Protecting our Democracy

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On Jan. 20, the 45th president of the United States was sworn into office with a massive opposition from leftists. Since President Donald Trump was announced as president in November, many people refused to accept him as their president and slogans such as “Not my president” were posted on social media sites and chanted among protesters during marches.  People are practicing their first Amendment right with all of this criticism and most of the protests have been peaceful.

On Jan. 20, the 45th president of the United States was sworn into office with a massive opposition from leftists. Since President Donald Trump was announced as president in November, many people refused to accept him as their president and slogans such as “Not my president” were posted on social media sites and chanted among protesters during marches.  People are practicing their first Amendment right with all of this criticism and most of the protests have been peaceful. However, protesting Trump is not going to change anything, so we might as well respect it and hope that he turns out to be a decent president because wishing other wise would be like hoping your pilot will crash. No one benefits.

The U.S. is a republic ran be two major parties, so it is a natural assumption that the ruling would go back and forth between those parties. Now the protests are more than understandable seeing how Trump’s campaign had a lot of hatred towards groups such as Mexicans, Muslims, women and the LGBT community, but we have a constitution that protects us from any tyranny that might be imposed on us by the new group of people in power.

Back in October during the last debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton people were furious when Trump said that he would “Look at it [accepting the elections results in case of a Hillary’s win] at that time” and that he’ll “keep people in suspense” if Hillary won. The same people who criticized Trump back then for not accepting the results and feared a civil war are the ones refusing to accept the elections results now. And while the majority of conservatives were disrespectful during Obama’s presidency, we will try to do better than that during Trump’s presidency because we as liberals pride ourselves with being more open minded, having a higher percentage of college educated liberals, and believing in giving chances to people to prove their worth. Now you don’t have to like Trump, but he is president now and not accepting him as president is not going to harm him a much as it is going to harm our democracy. And while we might fight for different causes and believe in different ideologies at the end of the day we all want the U.S. to be a better place and strive forwards.

So instead of fighting the presidency accept it, know your rights and try to find common grounds with the opposing sides. I know it’s not all rainbows and sunshine as I make it sound but it is making the best out of the situation. You can continue to criticize and you are encouraged to fight back if you feel like your rights are being taken away, but until something actually happens, you’re protesting a person not his action.