At first his silence was astounding. The man who rapidly responds with insults to his opponents – “Lyin’ Ted” – “Little Marco” – “a very low energy kind of guy” (Bush) – “look at that faceI Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president”(Fiorina) – “Crooked Hillary” – “Crazy Bernie” – “Goofy Elizabeth Warren”- had nothing to say.
Hours yet he remained silent about the astounding turn out in the United States of easily over three million people who gathered in all parts of the country to send a message to him that they are not happy with him. This was perhaps the largest gathering of people ever in the United States and Trump was silent about it.
Boston had 175,000 ; Los Angeles over 500,000; History made in Seattle over 100,000; Portland between 70,000 to 100,000; Chicago 250,000; Washington, D.C. 500,000; Atlanta about 60,000; Minneapolis between 90,000 and 100,000; Philadelphia 50,000; Houston 22,000; San Diego 30,000 to 40,000; and so on. Even in Sarasota, Florida, a march that I participated in there were between 7,500 and 10,000 people who marched over the John Ringling Causeway.
The march I was in was a happy march with people being polite and smiling with a steely determination behind what they were doing. They engaged in continual banter with the handful of police officers who were there. There was little anger but a more determined message that they were going to speak out if things happen they don’t like.
All the marches throughout the nation seemed to be the same: no violence, no arrests; just an example of democracy in a free country where people have the right to assemble peacefully and express their opinions.
Finally Trump spoke at about 7:30 am Sunday morning. He knew he had to say something. That is the problem one puts himself in when he feels compelled to tweet about any and everything that relates to him personally.
He spoke but he made no sense. He did not seem to understand. The day after the march he tweeted: “Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election. Why didn’t these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.”
What does the fact that we had an election have to do with anything. Sure we had an election but once an election is over the people still have a right to speak out and demonstrate. Does Trump think that the people must now just sit down and be quiet and let him do whatever he wants to do? Apparently that is the case judging from his response.
He suggests that these people should have voted. I’m sure that most of them who were eligible to vote did vote. They did not vote for him although some did but were upset at his inaugural address which they hoped would reach out to all Americans rather than his narrow base. We know Trump believes more people voted for him than voted for Hillary Clinton. He told us this.
He then blames “celebs” for hurting the cause. He simply does not understand that the celebrities, whoever they are, have nothing to do with the huge turnout in opposition to his presidency.
People did not go out to see them, they went out to stand in opposition to him. They went out to tell him that he is not a dictator who rules a country where people have no voice. His election did not take away from the rights of Americans.
Later, after 9:00 am and I assume after someone had the courage to tell him he is acting like a jackass, he tweeted: “Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don’t always agree, I recognize the right of people to express their views.”
Is he saying he does not agree that we should be able to have peaceful protests in a democracy? Or, is he saying he does not agree with the message of the demonstrators? Who cares now what he says since we know he lies as easily as he breathes?
Although, it must give you a warm fuzzy feeling that he may recognize the right of people to express their views if he is not lying about that. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he recognizes that right to freedom of speech and gathering to protest.
That is why I suggest Trump should be frightened. The protest marches that he witnessed planted seeds that will only spout greater protests and awareness. Trump will soon recognize that the people will hit the streets in protest if need be in ever-increasing numbers.
His lies will not stand. The Sleeping Giant — the great majority of Americans — are stirring. One thing America will remain is “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”