The inauguration

Trump takes over the White House today. I refuse to call him “President.” He is not my president, and I am not even convinced that he won the election legitimately.

Between meddling by the Russians, longstanding and ongoing voter suppression efforts by the Republicans, FBI director James Comey’s bogus last-minute letter about Hillary Clinton’s emails, Trump’s own utter unfitness for the office, and the fact that Clinton won the popular vote by more than two million votes, there is more than enough reason to question Trump’s legitimacy.

Normally, I am fairly sympathetic to arguments about the will of the people and the peaceful transition of power, and about giving the incoming president respect and the benefit of the doubt regardless of party and politics. In this case, however, the risks are too great. The threat that Trump and the people around him pose to our government and our society are too grave. I do not care that this approach is the one that Republicans and conservatives took to President Obama when he won the 2008 and 2012 elections, and yes—I fully realize that I criticized them for it at the time. These circumstances are different, and Obama is a different person. If that makes me a hypocrite, so be it. I am willing to accept that criticism.

Trump has done nothing to earn my respect or good will. Not a day has gone by since the election that he has not actively demonstrated behavior and decisions that fail to meet the most basic standards for being a decent, thinking human being, to say nothing of holding any public office.

He is a disgrace. He is a threat to an open, democratic society. I refuse to accept him as president, and I refuse and will resist any attempts to normalize him and what he is doing.

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