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 Even though I think the electoral college is an outdated system for electing a president, I wasn’t going to sit there and deny the winner of that system simply because it wasn’t my candidate who won.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:
Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2016
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.