Hypocrisy in a hashtag

In the final moments leading up to Trump’s win, many Democrats and independents across the country expressed their discontent on social media. Some called it the end of democracy, or even the end of our country amidst the cheers of victory from Republican voters. Whatever their affiliation, some people remain optimistic for the future of our country, even though they might not favor Trump. Brendan Binniker, UAA freshman, still sees a bright future for the U.S.

“I think that he’s becoming the president and he did so fair and square, by the rules of the very nation that’s now rebuking him. While I understand that neither of the presidential candidates were preferable, I think that he could benefit us. I like to think back on a quote I’ve heard before that says, ‘things sometimes get worse before they get better.’ This gives me hope that we’re approaching a good future no matter how distant it may seem,” Binniker said.

Given the facts that Trump has insulted immigrants, Muslims, the disabled and other groups, been accused of sexual assault and rape and is currently going on trial for these accusations, many people are not happy to see him elected into such a respected office. A few individuals see the hashtag as a starting place to show the world their unhappiness. Kate Boehmer, music student at UAA, states that while the hashtag can be seen as hypocritical, it is ultimately a good starting point to show how displeased people are.

“I think it’s very hypocritical of the conservative party complaining about us complaining about Trump considering all the shit they’ve been saying about Obama. Fighting back fire with fire usually doesn’t work. While I really really don’t like Trump I think there are more proactive ways to go about it than just spreading a hashtag online. But at the same time, I can agree that that is an alright place to start and show the world you are not pleased,” Boehmer said.

Some people on and off social media have proposed impeaching Trump once he takes office. Some say he cannot take office if he is convicted of his rape accusations. There are even a few people that have joked about Trump being assassinated. Whatever the case, there is a great percentage of the country that is not happy with Trump’s win.

Community members gathered outside of The Mall at Sears on Thursday, Nov. 10 to protest President-elect Donald Trump. The use of the hashtag "#notmypresident" has gathered much attention since the electoral decision on Nov. 9. Photo credit: Young Kim

Nate Rochon, philosophy and architectural engineering technology student at UAA, thinks we should accept Trump even if we don’t agree with him.

“My biggest issue with it is that it’s not accepting the fact that Donald Trump has won. As somebody that wasn’t really looking for that, I understand how difficult it is to accept the Trump thing. But, I think it’s ridiculous to not accept him as your president because he did win the election, through the Electoral College, which is the USA’s system of doing it. He won, he’s the President and that’s a position of respect, regardless of what it is.”

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Rochon also states that if you want to see Trump removed from the position of President, you must do so legally, otherwise you risk turning the position into a joke.

“Whether you want to not accept him as your president that’s fine, but you need to do so in a way that is legal because that’s how he got this position, and that’s how it needs to be defended. If you do so in any other way, it cripples the power of the presidency because it becomes a non-respected position. We have to remember that the President works for us, we don’t work for the President; we elected him,” Rochon said.

In the following months leading up to January 20, social media may see a lot more of ‘#notmypresident’. There may be a movement to try and impeach Trump as well, but it is unlikely that this will happen due to the Republican majority in the House and Senate. Whatever the case, the U.S. is in for a very interesting four years.