On Wednesday night after I was covering the Conservative leadership debate in Saskatoon, I stopped in at Wendy’s for a bite to eat before the long drive home.
There I watched, mouth wide open, all the coverage on TV of people protesting the election win of Donald Trump in the streets of Chicago.
And it has not stopped, it has kept going all week. Every night, it’s a new Trump protest somewhere: Dallas. Miami. Los Angeles. New York. You name it. But it sounds like the worst of the rioting was in Portland, where someone was shot and several people were arrested.
These protests have included some clashes with police and roads and highways blocked off, and all the usual nonsense we have come to expect down there when people are aggrieved. It looks as if there are even more of these protests planned for tonight. There will probably be more tomorrow. And Monday. And Tuesday…
The news organizations are referring to these as “anti-Donald Trump” protests, but that’s being charitable. I much prefer another term being used by people to describe these marches in the streets: “sore loser protests.”
You know what this reminds me of? It reminds me of the Vancouver hockey riots back in 2011 when the Vancouver Canucks lost the seventh game of the Stanley Cup finals to the Bruins. It’s the exact same thing. People took that defeat as their cue to go out and cause mayhem in the streets. They broke windows, they set things on fire, you name it. Honestly, it was embarrassing to watch. “Sore losers” is right.
And what’s going on now in the USA is embarrassing. These people are going around and refusing to accept Trump as the president, and refusing to accept his legitimacy to be Commander in Chief. “Not my President!” they are saying.
I know, it stinks to be on the losing side of an election. I’ve been there. But you don’t usually go so far as to disavow the President or riot in the streets.
Normally, for most people on the losing side, you curse the results or throw a few things, or write angry editorials or letters to the editor, or go and vent on social media about how terrible a result this is and what a terrible choice the voters made.
And that ought to be about it. Once you’ve calmed down, you finally say “the people are always right” in a democracy, and you accept the will of the voters and then get to work to try and reverse the result next time. In the meantime, you are free to express your opposition to the regime’s policies in a civilized manner. That is how a free and civilized democracy usually should function.
But these people in the streets — they don’t want to accept the results of the election. They’re not waiting four long years for another election, they want Trump out now. So they’re staging these protests, every freaking night this week.
It’s not as if they don’t have legitimate things to be mad about with Trump, after all the terrible things he’s had to say about Mexicans and Muslims and all that. The problem is now is not the time for this.
The country is trying to unify itself after the election. This has been a very divisive campaign and people on both sides, Trump included, are now trying to smooth things over and say all the right things. Trump on election night couldn’t have been more gracious, and the same for his meeting with President Barack Obama.
The folks in D.C. are at least attempting to heal the wounds of the election, but these protesters in the streets clearly aren’t interested.
Message to the protesters: a big reason why Trump won is because voters are fed up with all the protests and riots in the streets in these major cities! They sent a message on Election Day, a big one, that what’s going on in the USA has got to stop. By staging these “sore loser” protests, these professional agitators aren’t changing anyone’s views about Trump. Likely, quite the opposite: folks are seeing this and looking forward even more to Jan. 20, when Trump takes over and finally imposes law and order on the country.
Isn’t that supposed to be the point of protesting? To sway people? To influence people to see things your way? Well, it sure ain’t working here. In fact, these marches and rallies are turning people right off.
It’s time to go home, folks. Marching in the streets about Trump is not doing a thing to change people’s minds.