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Here’s Why I Will Never Call Donald Trump My President

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Practically the moment Donald Trump was elected, the hashtag #NotMyPresident (or some other variation) quickly sprang up on social media. People all across the country were declaring that, even though Trump had won, he would never be their president.



Full disclosure: I criticized those people.

I found it hypocritical that many of the same folks who scolded Republicans for trying to delegitimize President Obama were doing the same thing to someone who was elected via the process by which this nation elects its president. In my mind, you can’t have it both ways.

Since Election Day I haven’t hid the fact that I disagreed with these individuals. Even though I think the electoral college is an outdated system for electing a president, I wasn’t going to sit there and deny the winner of that system simply because it wasn’t my candidate who won.

Well, I was wrong.

As of right now, I’ve officially joined the #NotMyPresident “movement.” I’m declaring at this very moment that I will never refer to Donald Trump as my president.

Don’t twist things. This isn’t because “my side” lost. I have no problem referring to Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush as president — but not Trump.

Not now — not ever.

Putting everything else disgusting about Trump aside for a moment, I will never support someone who attacks our own intelligence agencies while defending and heaping praise on a Russian tyrant who ordered a cyber attack against this country.

As far as I’m concerned, Donald Trump is looking more and more like a traitor to this country — and I’ll never support a traitor.

Do we have definitive proof that he committed treason? No. Not yet.

That being said, if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then there’s a solid chance it’s a duck.

Nearly everything Donald Trump has done as it relates to Vladimir Putin, and especially our intel identifying Russia as the country that launched the attack against the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, are signs that he’s a traitor.

Otherwise, none of this makes sense.

Donald Trump’s someone who’s never hesitated to attack anyone or anything. He’s had plenty of critical words for China, Mexico, NATO, the U.N., and nearly anyone who’s said anything remotely critical about him. But not Russia or Vladimir Putin.

Not only has Trump never criticized Putin, but he’s actually praised and defended him.



Even now with President Obama expelling diplomats and levying sanctions against Russia based upon intelligence that says they launched a cyber attack against us — a move that’s received bipartisan praise in Congress — Trump took to Twitter to brag about how “smart” he thinks Putin is for his response to this move:

This is a tweet sent out by the person who’s going to be our next president praising the intelligence of the leader of a nation we just levied sanctions against for attacking the United States.

This entire election is tainted by a Russian cyber attack launched against the United States to help elect a man who mocks our own president, attacks our intelligence agencies, and praises the very enemy who ordered a direct assault on our democracy. And without the help of this foreign enemy he can’t seem to say enough good things about, he would have most likely never won this election.

So, while he’ll soon officially be called “President Donald Trump,” those words will never be said or written by me.




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Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Brian

    Were you praising the CIA when they said Iraq has WMDs? Why take them seriously now? They have yet to present any evidence, and their reports are based on speculation with nothing tangible.

    • The CIA had nothing to do w/ the build up of that quagmire. That was all Cheney’s doing when he created his own Intel, remember when he disclosed the identity of a CIA operative to a reporter after her husband wrote an OP-ed back then?

    • Bill Glaser

      Bush and Cheney ignored much of the intelligence and twisted the information to suit their purpose. The CIA operative was Valerie Plame and her husband was Joe Wilson that wrote the op-ed. about the yellow cake uranium he blew the whistle on the Bush administration.

  • nancy

    Brian, Brian, Brian
    Trump is only concerned about Russians oil and undermining all of our intelligence agencies in support of Russia… sounds like treasonto me… Not only the CIA but everything intelligence has identified and informed us that the Russians hacked us. Every foreign organization states the same. This is nothing new. They’ve identified well-known hackers… It’s a deep dark world cyberspace, and the underground of it and they know them by names and they been identified as Russian hackers… Wake up he lost the popular vote by 2.9 million votes and was selected by land mass… and we the popular voters pay the majority of taxes in this country… Red states would not survive without us… Sorry just a little side track… he only cares about money, his beaus eating classless celebrity and himself… His cabinet with oligarchs and Wall Street greedy capitalist scum… Please are you blind, brainwashed ? Oh wait….the almighty knows more than anyone in the universe!!!! wake up to Bye-bye minimum-wage bye-bye environment by by freedom… Wake up to fascism

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  • Spencer Johansen

    Do you realize that the whole ‘not my president’ thing was started by the Republicans? Yeah, before that people had enough class to respect the office. If you have a problem with the election system in this country then say so, don’t mope about whether or not you ‘accept’ the results. For better or worse, this is how our government elects officials. All of this ‘I reject this person’ nonsense is juvenile at best, and definitely cringeworthy.

  • Bill Glaser

    The other connections are Boris Epstein a campaign advisor who immigrated from Russia, General Mike Flynn who was lauded by Russia, Rex Tillerson who has ties with oil and gas negotiations with Russia prior to the sanctions placed on Russia for it invasion in the Ukraine and the annexing of the Crimea. Then Paul Manafort who had been paid $ 12,million by Russia for his lobbying efforts on behalf of pro-Russian Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych. Just coincidences ??????

  • Avery

    “And without the help of this foreign enemy he can’t seem to say enough good things about, he would have most likely never won this election.”

    Had those DNC emails (which were not denied by the DNC) been hacked by an American, they would still show dirty pool. Clinton and Trump were disliked by most. You can’t honestly say “If x hadn’t happened, y wouldn’t have won” with favorability ratings so low. HRC made herself look bad. Everybody expected Trump to make himself look bad, but not her.

    Democrats have nobody to blame but themselves for nominating the wrong candidate. Oopsie. Now we have an orange buffoon in the White House. He IS our president, though, and I fail to see how a hashtag saying you won’t admit he’s your president SERVES NO PURPOSE.

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  • Pingy

    With the Russians influencing the election, Trump is ILLEGITIMATE. That’s why I’ll never call him my president.