A Reflection Of Views: What 'Not My President' Actually Means 

Art: Danielle Kwateng-Clark

Art: Danielle Kwateng-Clark

By Naomi Charles

The day after Election Day shook our world and social media promptly went to work. The phrase "Not My President" became widely used to describe how many felt toward the election results. Myself included. 

With any movement on social media, there is always some type of backlash. This one was no exception. Trump supporters fought back. They thought it was their job to "remind" us that Trump was our president and that we needed a "reality check".

Despite Trump dismissing President Barack Obama as commander-in-chief, right-wing voters were appalled that the country wasn't embracing him.

"Carrying signs and hash tagging 'Not My President' doesn’t change that," said Huffington Post contributor Nancy Arroyo Ruffin. "Trump is our President and we are stuck with him despite how much or how loud we protest. The question is what are we going to do now that he is? Did I vote for Trump? Absolutely not. Do I think he is the wrong person to lead this country? Unequivocally yes. But now isn’t the time to point fingers."

I cannot speak for all people who use the phrase "Not My President", but I will speak for myself when I say, I know he is my president in the literal sense.

Obviously I am an American citizen and the leader of my country is Donald J. Trump. That's not the point. The reason I say he is not my president is to express that his views don't represent mine. He is not working for my best interest. I don't agree with his decisions. I don't agree with what he says online. He is not a clear representation of who I think should be leading the country.  He is not my president. He isn't representing me. 

It's almost amusing to see how expressing our feelings towards the current president upsets so many republicans. In reality, they did the same thing for eight years during the Obama administration. If they were allowed to do it (it a way more disrespectful manner might I add) then why can't we? 

If they could use the first amendment right to lash out against Obama, then we can use ours to speak out against Trump. Race and political party should not have anything to do with this. If you have qualms about what's happening in your government, you have a right to say something if you've accepted him as your national representative or not. 

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