We all had to see it coming. With so much division and hateful rhetoric spewed forth from both sides in this election cycle, it is only logical to believe the losing side was going to lash out. Of course, for anyone looking at the polls and listening to the mainstream media prior to Election Day, the suggestion it would end up being the left going crazy was almost unthinkable. Only that’s exactly what has happened. In the wake of a shocking victory by Donald Trump, Hillary’s supporters are throwing a national temper tantrum.
Hypocrisy Is a Two-Way Street
Before Trump supporters get too indignant about what’s happening around the country, remember the rhetoric coming from your own candidate. Donald Trump refused to say whether he would accept the results during two debates. His own supporters worried about riots and threatened revolution if he had lost. He also spent countless stump speeches talking about rigged elections.
Be honest Trump Train riders: had Clinton’s blue wall held, you could easily be experiencing some post-election role reversal. So while you poke fun at the antics of college students and their “safe spaces” and take pleasure in showering in the tears of liberals, remember that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote and was only a percentage point away in swing states from turning the Electoral College tide. Had that happened, you would be throwing a national temper tantrum and you know it.
The Spoils of Victory
Trump did the almost unimaginable and pulled off a political upset for the ages. There are reasons this feels so good to Trump supporters. After being called racists after eight years of not supporting President Obama and worse for supporting Trump, it’s natural to gloat a little. Not only did they vanquish the despised Hillary Clinton, but they feel they saved the world from a scourge of progressivism and globalism. It was done against the wishes of the media, Hollywood, and a phalanx of elites. It was an underdog story, and it’s a role Trump and his supporters relished. They have a right to feel good and be proud.
They must be careful about adding fuel to the fire by going overboard in the celebrating. It’s not unprecedented. President Obama once took a less than conciliatory tone in telling Republicans, “I won. Deal with it.” Trump supporters are striking a similar tone as they heeded the advice Obama once gave them. As the Washington Post article outlines, the president continued by saying: “Go out there and win an election.”
That’s exactly what the Republicans just did. Now, through brutal memes and ruthless comments, they are relishing their victory at the expense of the vanquished. They look at it as payback, and don’t care about hurting feelings. And the more Hillary supporters join the national temper tantrum, the worse it will become.
What Happened to Unifying After the Election?
Clinton supporters never dreamt about being in this position. The looks on the faces of her supporters on election night at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan tells the story. It’s a classic five step grieving process. Denial is giving way to anger, and that anger is filling the streets. It’s a long way for them to get to acceptance.
Increasingly, these uprisings are anything but grassroots. George Soros and MoveOn are filling the streets with paid professional protestors (yes, that’s actually a thing) to cause havoc. However, some of it is just good old-fashioned demonstration from everyday Americans who feel the country took a turn for the worse. These protests are peaceful, and powerful displays of the freedoms Americans have; the former are an affront to it.
What has our democracy become if we cannot accept that sometimes we lose?
Have Americans become so fragile that you feel you have to leave the union because your candidate didn’t win? Yes, I’m talking to you, California. And as this is Politics As Unusual, don’t think I wouldn’t be saying the same thing to states threatening it after a Clinton victory. Here’s looking at you, Texas.
Even Hollywood and the music industry have jumped on the hypocritical bandwagon. After chastising Trump for not committing to accepting the results of the election, they have gone off the deep end and taken to social media to pledge their disregard for the democratic process.
The Road to Hell Is Paved With Selfishness
Emotions run deep. Frustration over an election deserves to be vented, but not like this. Every American who lives their full life expectancy is going to experience elections that don’t go their way. It’s how we react to them that matters. President Obama is doing his part by ensuring a smooth transition, just as George W. Bush did for him. Leaders change and the party in control changes. That is the American way. Throwing a national temper tantrum isn’t.
When you exclaim that you want to leave the country if your candidate loses, at least have the guts to follow through on it. When you say it is the duty to support the candidate who wins, be prepared to do so yourself if it’s the one you don’t support. Rioting and acts of civil disobedience change nothing. Protests are only effective when your rights have been violated. That’s why this is a national temper tantrum. What do these protestors expect to happen? Have a valid election overturned just because they’re unhappy?
When we stomp around like spoiled children, we disrespect the system that provides us with the freedom of choice. That is the bedrock of what America is. At the end of the day, when your choice doesn’t win, you make your opinion heard and work harder for next time. That’s what America is all about.
It’s time we grow up and start acting like citizens of a great nation instead of petulant children who can’t handle First World problems like free elections and freedom of speech.Click here for reuse options!
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