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Of all of the things one can do in response to Trump being elected, one of the least useful and, indeed, counterproductive things is to claim that he is “not my president” or to otherwise deny his legitimacy. He won the election, full stop. For better or worse, he will soon be the leader of our nation. He will be the 45th President of the United States in an election that, whatever shortcomings our process entails, was legitimate under the law as it currently stands.
While it is, in my mind, imperative that we address the shortcomings in our election process, of which there are many, the more pressing and immediate business of those who oppose Donald Trump is to combat his policies as aggressively and effectively as democracy and pluralism allow.
But our democracy is not broken. Not yet anyway. Arguing that it is and that it spit out an illegitimate result the other night as opposed to doing whatever is necessary to ensure that what America does in the next four years reflects our values and not the values of Donald Trump is, actually, a far better way to break democracy than to elect an unpopular and reprehensible person.
The Constitution begins with the words “We the People” for a reason. It assumes that the people, not just one man, govern this country. Let’s start taking it at its word.