It seems the results of this election have been unbearably tough on one particular demographic of Americans. No, I’m not talking about Hillary’s celebrity supporters who melted into puddles of tears when she lost, although Lord knows I could spend an hour on that group alone. (Miley Cyrus, I’m looking at you.) And I’m not talking about the liberal mainstream media pundits who spent an entire year hanging on her every word and wound up blaming racist white people in the end. (How’s that working for you, Van Jones?) And I’m not even talking about all of the progressive politicians who sold their souls to be part of her campaign. (Yes, Tim Kaine, you certainly qualify.)
I’m actually talking about the thousands of students on college and university campuses across the nation — and many millennials in general — who were so emotionally distraught over Trump’s victory that they decided to skip classes, request exam postponements, organize “cry-ins" and even take to the streets to join the protest movements. You know, once upon a time, 18 and 19-year-olds stormed the beaches of Normandy. Now, we give them a free pass to miss exams if they’re depressed over the results of a presidential election. By the way, if you’re not familiar with the term “cry-in,” that’s alright. After all, we’re talking about the same generation of snowflakes that demanded “safe spaces” just a few years ago — specially designated areas where they could relax and express themselves openly without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable on account of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, etc. One can only imagine what sort of terminology these spoiled brats will come up with next.
So now, in the wake of Hillary’s defeat at the hands of a 70-year-old billionaire reality-TV star, lots of emotionally-scarred kiddos — like the ones at Cornell University — are coming together for what they’re calling “cry-in” gatherings. According to the Cornell Daily Sun:
Over 50 Cornellians gathered on Ho Plaza this afternoon for a cry-in to mourn in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s shocking presidential victory. Braving the cold, wind and occasional rain, Cornellians sat in a circle to share stories and console each other, organizers encouraging attendees to gather closer together and “include each other.” Willard Straight Hall Resource Center employees gave out tissues, blankets and hot chocolate to keep participants warm, while students signed posters with words of encouragement and protest, including “Donald Trump is not my president.”
I try hard not to laugh at people like this, but before I can stifle myself, they do something like belt out a “primal scream” of frustration on the Yale University campus, once again proving that much of my generation is not only lazy, emotionally fragile and entitled, but has also gone completely and utterly insane. Part of me wants to empathize with these poor fools. I mean, at some level, I get it. Their candidate lost. It sucks. They had this whole thing figured out and they really believed — like most of us — that Hillary would ultimately obliterate Trump in the end. (Even the polls ended up being wrong.) Personally, I didn’t even expect Trump to make it through the primaries, much less have a chance of winning in a general election scenario. But, I was wrong. A lot of us were wrong. And, even as a conservative who is thrilled with Hillary’s defeat, I’ll own the fact that I was wrong about Trump’s chances.
Moreover, a lot of these folks think that Donald Trump is dangerous for the country in one way or another. “We don’t want our daughters living a nation where that perverted creep is president,” they say. “Donald Trump doesn’t have the temperament to be in charge of nuclear weapons!” they shout. Trust me, I understand that as well. I’m not a Trump fan either and I say this as a conservative millennial who didn’t support him in the primaries and didn’t vote for him in the general election. I’ve written multiple posts about why I believe Trump was the worst choice for the conservative movement and the future of the Republican Party. And I still have many doubts and many reservations. I hope that he proves me wrong during his presidency. I really do.
But, a majority of Republicans made him the nominee and a majority of Americans elected him president. That’s it. That’s all. It’s over. It’s done. Time to move on. Whining and throwing a fit won’t accomplish anything other than making yourself look like an infantile idiot. You don’t always get what you want in life and perhaps this will prove to be a learning opportunity for you. Yes, you have every right to peacefully protest a fair and legitimate election, just as you have every right to protest the fact that the sky is blue or that Pepsi is carbonated or that bee stings are unpleasant. It doesn’t mean that you’re right or mature or reasonable in doing so, but hey, if that’s your thing, then go for it. What you don’t have a right to do is hurt people, burn American flags, destroy private property or create mayhem and anarchy throughout the streets of major American cities.
The rallying cry of the Left this week has been “He’s Not My President.” The phrase made its way onto countless protest signs and then quickly took off as a social media hashtag movement, thanks again in large part to the millennials. In fact, it’s still trending across Facebook and Twitter even as I write this. (A lot of the folks in this movement are already planning on disrupting Trump's inauguration ceremony in January.) But, whether it trends for another day or for the duration of the Trump presidency, the truth is that he is your president. Our president. He might not be the president you wanted or the one you believe can best lead the nation, but he still won the election and he’ll still be sworn into the office at the beginning of the year.
And really, in the end, your protests won’t add up to anything or accomplish any real change. Trump is still going to be the president in January whether you march up and down sidewalks or not. All the slogans and signs in the world won’t change that fact. You might not like that. You might think it’s unfair. You might think your state should succeed from the U.S. But, none of that changes reality.
Now might be a good time to accept it.
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