[Trump campaign manager Kellyanne] Conway also accused the Clinton camp of being “sore losers,” speaking derisively of the protests that sprung up around the country following the election.
“Guys, I can tell you are angry, but wow,” she said. “Hashtag he’s your president. How’s that? Will you ever accept the election results? Will you tell your protesters that he’s their president, too?”
That is a bizarrely anti-American statement.
As an American — indeed, it is a general human right — I have (and we all have) every right to peaceful protest. I claim every right to civil disobedience. Every right to disagree completely with my so-called “president” and anyone else in politics, as my own conscience — and no one else — tells me. Our country is not an oligarchy or theocracy yet.
Have we forgotten this country was built on the blood of revolutionaries? Have we forgotten how civil rights protesters were treated by the “police” and the forces of “law and order”?
Now, if I see a man just getting away once again in my life experiences with the most vile treatment of women, including, what is it, sixteen accusations of harassment or assault now, you can rest assured that he is “#notmypresident.” And it doesn’t matter if it’s Trump or Bill Clinton, but in this instance, it is in fact the horrible Republican candidate.
It is shockingly anti-American to sneer at the right of peaceful protest. This Trump person was elected with what, a little over 79,000 votes in three states? Less than half the eligible population actually voted? He actually lost the popular vote by over two million votes? Not a mandate of any kind there. Of course, in such a close and divided contest, there will be protest. And there will be resistance.
We see the grotesque homophobia of Mike Pence. We see it all. And we don’t want to slide backward.
An American president needs the consent of the governed. As does every leader, whether autocrat, demagogue, or professed servant of the people. Tyrants will fall.