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Resisting Trump is a Very American Thing to Do

Hello folks!  As tensions continue to build between Trump and pretty much the rest of the country outside the confines of Capitol Hill, there has been a sentiment among some notable figures in America that people should get in line and support 45 in his presidency. That the American people should overlook his unapologetic insults toward nearly every demographic in the U.S.  And in case you’ve forgotten, allow me to remind you.

When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best…They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us.  They’re bringing drugs.  They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.

And when you’re a star they let you do it.  You can do anything.  Grab them by the p*ssy.  You can do anything.

Donald J. Trump is calling for a complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.

By the way, all of the aforementioned quotes are actual words that Trump uttered from his own mouth.  When you pair insults like these with the fact that he has offended a disabled reporter, made a pattern of attacking women based on their looks, “disqualified” judges based on their ethnicity and religion, and has continued to perpetuate this stereotype that all Black Americans reside in gun infested slums of U.S. cities, you would think 45 would have a lot to apologize for.  However, to this day “I’m sorry” seems to be two words he can’t utter in a sentence, let alone mean them.  As is the case, it should be understandable that most Americans are unwilling to lend him a hand of support just because he sits in the Oval Office.

It most certainly doesn’t make it easier to get behind 45 when he continuously does things that appear to be done in an effort to antagonize many Americans and bolster his already overblown ego. Looking for proof, look no further than his Twitter account.  His persistent need to delegitimize the election process despite winning, his attacks on Americans’ intelligence by labeling unflattering news as fake, and his nomination of his cabinet members that are either too unqualified or too corrupt to hold office is mind boggling.  I mean can anyone honestly say they’ve gone a day over the last couple of weeks without seeing something related to this presidency they don’t find disturbing on some level?

So with all that said, I’m personally perplexed as to why so many people are urging Americans to get behind a chaotic nominee who has become chaotic 45.  In a country that truly values the First Amendment, it’s people’s right to stand in protest and resistance.  Yes I understand Trump hasn’t even held office for a month and has no political experience, but there is no learning curve when your president.  Can you imagine if President Barack Obama, or President Clinton, or President Theodore Roosevelt would have behaved so irresponsibly and perhaps willfully ignorant in their first 30 days in office?  People would have lined the streets in protest, just like they are doing for 45.

When people say, “you have to give Trump a chance.”  I say to them, “he has to show me he’s deserving of one.”  As a man of color in the United States, I find myself concerned with several issues that plague the black community (i.e. biases in the criminal justice system, HBCU future funding, and yes the gun violence and often inadequate education systems in some predominantly black neighborhoods).  And despite his promises to my minority group, Trump has done nothing but tout notable black actors, athletes, musicians, and community leaders in front of the cameras.  I’ve seen not one executive order discussed, apology issued, or real interest shown in relation to Black Americans.  So I, like millions, feel uncomfortable backing him in any way or fashion.

Oh and I know people have been questioning the faith of many protesting Christian believers.  Now to those questioning, allow me to say that protesting is not some nuance secular thing.  In fact, the Bible has plenty of instances of protesting leaders.  Look in Exodus at the story of Moses and the Egyptian Pharaoh.  Or take a peak in Daniel at the story of the Three Hebrew Boys, King Nebuchadnezzar, and the fiery furnace.  And Jesus himself opposed the corruption of the Jewish leadership of the time. If you need a more modern example of believers protesting, look to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As a man of faith he wasn’t jailed because he was playing board games and eating candy.  Just to add, one can pray for the direction of this country, and protest against the corruptive forces that be, without violating his sense of Christianity.

Again, let me reemphasize my point.  Resisting and protesting the current administration is not un-American. In fact, it’s very American and the right of the people.  It was also Tea Party members’ right to respectfully protest President Obama (although many of them weren’t always so respectful).  However, unlike President Obama’s administration, this current one stands to dismantle the very foundation of the diversified and progressive America this country has become. The divisive nature of our society now is unprecedented in modern history, and makes many citizens such as myself nervous about the near future to come.

By the way, I feel I should let those reading this know that this isn’t a liberal puff piece or an onslaught on Republicans.  While I definitely am more closely aligned to one end of the political spectrum, I truly respect those who have differing more conservative opinions.  In fact, I doubt I would have felt as strongly about writing this piece if we had a President Kasich or President Rubio.  Unfortunately, there is a man in Washington, DC that has a lack of respect for many Americans and perhaps even his job title, so the piece had to be written.  Just thought I’d put this disclaimer out there.

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