No, I’m not going to fall into line behind President Trump

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I have to smile when I see supporters of Donald Trump complain about the ongoing street protests against his election and about the unwillingness of Democrats to rally around our new president-elect. And no, it’s not a happy type of smile — it’s more of a tight little “you have got to be freakin’ kidding me” kind of smile.

Barely a week ago, many of these very same people now preaching unity and patriotism were ready to greet Hillary Clinton at the White House door with articles of impeachment and were promising to turn her administration into one endless string of ugly, bitter congressional investigations. In fact, some of them still entertain themselves with the idea of tossing her in prison. Trump himself was riling up crowds everywhere he went with warnings that the election was being stolen from them and that post-election action might be needed, and he ostentatiously refused to commit himself to accepting its outcome.

As a result, the air was thick with hints of post-election violence should Trump and his followers be denied what they believed was theirs by birthright. I’ve watched the grace with which Clinton and President Obama have handled all this, and it’s impossible not to imagine the contrast if current roles were reversed, if Trump had won the popular vote by more than a million votes but lost the presidency. I suspect we’d be in a whole different kind of place.

It’s also important to note that while a majority of electoral votes may have made Trump president, they have not changed who and what he is. This is a man whom fellow Republican Ted Cruz called “utterly amoral” and “a pathological liar,” warning that with a Trump candidacy “we are staring at the abyss.” John Kasich ran campaign ads drawing parallels between Trump and the Nazi Party. Rick Perry called him a “cancer on conservatism”. Marco Rubio called him a “con artist”, concluding that he is “wholly unprepared” to be president and point-blank accused him of fomenting violence as a political tool.

“This boiling point that we have now reached has been fed largely by the fact that we have a frontrunner in my party who has fed into language that basically justifies physically assaulting people who disagree with you,” Rubio warned, a statement that was accurate then and accurate today.

We’ve all heard heated political rhetoric; we all know that candidates can get carried away at times. However, the warnings about Trump’s character and the danger that he posed to the republic were extraordinary not just for their harshness or the fact that they came from members of his own party, but also because of the heart-felt sincerity with which they were delivered. It was the honest, unvarnished truth.

Those warnings also came from conservatives who weren’t directly involved in the fight for the GOP nomination, but who had stakes in it as Americans. Our two previous Republican presidents were so disgusted with Trump that they made it publicly known that they could not stomach casting a ballot for him, which is extraordinary. Most of the GOP foreign-policy establishment signed a letter warning that their party’s nominee lacked the judgment, temperament, knowledge and self control to be placed in charge of the nuclear arsenal. Again, extraordinary. For a time there, elected leaders such as House Speaker Paul Ryan were highly critical of Trump’s degrading attacks on Muslim-Americans, women and on a Mexican-American judge assigned to hear his fraud case. “Claiming a person can’t do their job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment,” as Ryan said noted. Extraordinary again.

Since then, tribal loyalty, rank opportunism and the allure of power have caused many of those Republicans to conveniently forget what they know about Trump, just as they have somehow ignored the reality that he has come to office with the clear assistance of a foreign power, a situation without parallel in American history. Their problem is that they are going to be reminded of Trump’s basic nature over and over again in the days to come, not by Democrats or liberals but by Trump himself.

Meanwhile, I and many other Americans have not forgotten who Trump really is and what he represents. Loyalty to our country and its founding principles requires us to continue in strong but peaceful, and I stress peaceful, opposition, if for no other reason than to remind him that he was elected without a majority or even a plurality, and that we are still out here watching and we still have a voice.

 

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Summer Smith
Summer Smith

What Grace? LMAO.....Bookman and the AJC are Hilarious with this constant erroneous nonsense. Remember people the AJC is only for entertainment and not to be taken seriously!!!

Cynthia Godley
Cynthia Godley

Never! He is a con artist, and will be the worst leader ever. I still can't use the word President without wanting to vomit!

Patricia Baker Charles
Patricia Baker Charles

Please please keep your focus on this deplorable man and don't let him destroy our country.

Mary Ferrell
Mary Ferrell

GRACE??? Do you really know what the meaning of this word is?

Susan Garcia
Susan Garcia

Is that what you call backstabbers these days? Gracious? Just a mask to hide their dirty work!!

DebPlach
DebPlach

President Obama has more grace and class in his little finger than Trump could ever hope to have! Don the con isn't fit to be president of this great country! He doesn't have a clue what he is doing! The people that voted for him just put the keys to the car in the hands of a drunk 16 year old and expect him to drive it home safe! Good luck with that!

Maudie Hope
Maudie Hope

You must be hanging on to you job by a thread Mr. Bookman. There was a time people bought and read the Journal, but that day si gone hear me???

Ruth Wright
Ruth Wright

I don't fell for them, they are thus fore lucky they aren't in prison!!!!!!

Clay Taber
Clay Taber

Jay Bookman=joke member of the alt-left...

Bill Logan
Bill Logan

grace ??? yeah black mobs burning and looting, cops assassinated, murder and mayhem and you call this "grace" you are a useful idiot

Preston Adams
Preston Adams

Oh the butt hurt libtards just don't know what to do....lol

Followd Finger
Followd Finger

subscription expires soon- stop fueling this one sided smear campaign or lose a reader

Max Brill
Max Brill

Jay people like you won't be happy until you divide this country even further.

Chris Gvozd
Chris Gvozd

Grace ahahaha, now shut up and let Trump show you how to run a country

Lanette Darrow
Lanette Darrow

Obama/ Hillary have divided this country beyond repair. Paid protesters! Hillary even LIED WHEN SHE CONCEDED TO TRUMP !!

Mary McIlwain
Mary McIlwain

Another crooked corrupted Jill Stein sold her soul to power and wealth join your corrupted Hilary and her supporters President Elect Trump won fair bunch of idiots

Maanaima Jr Aloalii
Maanaima Jr Aloalii

Trump is the solution to stupid racism. Every color is important, but it was the whites that founded America. So all of us colorful people...take a hike!

Lisati To'o
Lisati To'o

This is a One straight comment n 100% accurate.

Janine Nene
Janine Nene

How could Whites be the founder of a country that was already inhabiitated by the Natives? Really? The lies though...and not every White person rode the "Mayflower". Hell the Queen sent John Oglethorpe to America and Australia to discard the prisoners who came from the overpopulated prisons in Europe. Fact Check your history before you continue to lie. We know the truth now...geesh!

Anise Burns Castleberry
Anise Burns Castleberry

NOPE....that is not the solution. Why can't colorful people continue to WORK together with less colorful people for a better America.

Maanaima Jr Aloalii
Maanaima Jr Aloalii

Janine Nene, who named America? Did the natives found America or were just original settlers of the land? When I say America, I mean political, civilized, economical, governmental system etc. By the way, if there were colored people in the Mayflower, were they in the position to have a say in the construction of this Nation? I think not! Anise Burns Castleberry, the white people respected the Rights of the colorful people over time because they became learned and educated people. In other word's, some white white people fought for the rights of the People of color like the Quakers who believe that all men were created equally. You see, this Nation was founded by the white people. "Beggar's cannot be choosers" If someone asks me for money and demands me to give a certain amount, I will only give as I choose, after all it is my money, right?

Marion Ash
Marion Ash

Yes. Grace this is some you don't understand that is why you can't recognize it.

Pamela Creech
Pamela Creech

As your communist socialist party said, "Get onboard or get out of the way!"

Pamela Creech
Pamela Creech

Are you delusional, blind, or lacking grip on reality?!?!? This has been the most dramafied election in history with the most corrupt attempt to win the presidency in our history. Forget news. You suck.

Lillian Cox
Lillian Cox

Here what I think all you democrats losers

Steve Coffey
Steve Coffey

Imagine is the key word. Imagine libs not crying and blocking traffic and destroying property. And imagine if your classy leaders weren't funding it.

Sallie Meeks
Sallie Meeks

Grace and acceptance? Hillary has been feverishly working behind the scenes to think of anything and everything she can do to take this from Trump. The millions of non-citizens, the millions of dead voters, and the rigged election machines were not enough to take it. Jill Stein, who previously said Trump was right and Hillary was a nuclear war waiting to happen, didn't just decide to call for a recount. Soros and Hillary are behind this, and Jill Stein has been bought. Bigly!

Lori Duke Jones
Lori Duke Jones

How silly and sad. Another bitter little article. Again...great example of why Dems lost....name calling, blaming others, etc. I started praying for Obama as soon as he was elected....he Was Not my choice, but I want what's best for my country so my children and grandchildren will have opportunity to pursue American dream. Choose to be better, not bitter.....

Daisy Frazier
Daisy Frazier

Trump will be the worst president in American History. He is robbing the country with their eyes wide open. He is costing them a fortune already to provide protection for him at Trump Towers and in Palm Beach. I will give him a year and this country will be bankrupt. You people think Trump is the great I Am. He is a man with lots of flaws, and he really needs Jesus to work on his dark soul.

Claudia Johnson
Claudia Johnson

YOU CANT ADD VERY WELL. OVOMIT AND IS UAB SPENT MILLIONS OF DOLKARS ON LAVISH LIVING AND NIW HAS SIX MANSIONS!!! HIS SPOILED BRATS HAVE EVERYTHING! YOU MAKE ME SICK!

Judy Fusinaz
Judy Fusinaz

What did 5 or 6 previous POTUS know when they publicly declared they would NOT be voting Trump? Must tell us something sinister and dark about him? .? He will have absolutely no respect from the rest of world!!!

Dianne Lassack
Dianne Lassack

The previous POTUS did not vote for Trump because they are part of the "swamp" and Trump is going to drain the swamp and stop the new world order which the swamp wants because it will make the swamp richer.

Claudia Johnson
Claudia Johnson

Gretchen Barham-Green. You dont tell me what to watch! I am very selective in who i watch and what i believe. All of You HYPOCRITES make me sick! I DID not get that info from foxnews! Get over yourself ! I guess you want the baby killer in! P O GT H

Don Conover
Don Conover

Forgot, neither one has come out to supporters to stop riots or death threats to electors. Again, where's the grace?

Don Conover
Don Conover

R u on drugs? Obama bashed Trump all across Europe and HRC is now involved in this stupid recount. Show me the 'grace'!

Arvia Felton
Arvia Felton

People, please let's stop causing more drama. It's OVER !!! Media just wants to keep crap going. Let's rise above it. Thank you \U0001f618

Lenna Bickel Gonya
Lenna Bickel Gonya

Have we had so many years of Obama that we no longer know what grace is? A President steps down, and tries to facilitate a smooth transition. He doesn't incite riots, predict disaster, or declare that he wants to badger, and impede his successor 's progress. Because he loves his country and respects the law. Obama does not. The loser does not complain and whine, encourage followers to protest, and pose as a pathetic destraught, victim.

Lawrence Nicholas
Lawrence Nicholas

Excuse me? Grace? There response is not grace. They don't have a gracious bone in their body. What you are seeing is

Lawrence Nicholas
Lawrence Nicholas

Hate filled people who have no answers for their guilt. I think you had better consult your dictionary and check on the word Grace.