Trump is my president

I’m not happy that Trump has been elected to be the President of the United States. I voted against him, and I spoke out repeatedly in opposition of him. I’ve written about how I will be a radical activist in opposition of the social and cultural values that he represents. I have shared the story of my friend Osama: his reaction to Trump’s election and how he plans to respond. I will not go gentle into that good night.

MAGA President Donald TrumpBut Donald Trump is–or rather will be, once January rolls around–my president. I mean that in more than a “technical” sense, too. I mean that I whole-heartedly accept him as my president. Moreover: I think you should as well.  You need to, for the good of the country.


President Trump Will Make America Great AgainOver the last several weeks, I’ve seen close friends of mine angrily sharing “Not My President!” op eds and tweeting with the #NotMyPresident hashtag. I do understand why this is such an emotional issue for many people. I’m not terrified yet, but I understand why some people are. I’m not dismissing or delegitimizing anyone’s feelings. I just believe that saying “not my president” is not quite the best way to respond.

Trump will save AmericaI’ve been asking myself why.  Why do I feel so strongly that Trump should be “my president”? At first, I thought it was about mere consistency. After all, for the last eight years I heard many conservatives claim that Obama was “not their president”. I found it annoying and ignorant, and mocked them by saying, “Well, I’m sorry to break it to you, he’s your president whether you like it or not.” Merely for the sake of not being a hypocrite, I think it behooves me to not fall into the same trap they did.

Deep down, though, that’s not the reason. Consistency is nice, but there is a much stronger reason that I think all Americans need to accept Donald Trump as our President.  That reason is accountability.

Trump is a bitch slaveThink about it this way: Your instinctive, emotional desire to say “not my president” comes from some of the associations you have with the phrase “my president”: you think the word “my” in that context similar to the way you might say “my role model” or “my guide”.

But we have another sense of “my” in the English language as well:  My employee. My assistant. My servant. My dog that needs to be trained. My spoiled child who needs to be punished.

When I say: “Trump is my president” those are the analogous sentences that are echoing in my brain.

And they should be yours as well.

Consider the following poll results, comparing the views of the American people to the plans that Trump has said he wants to put in place:

Trump Positions versus Popular Positions

Your reaction to this shouldn’t be fear, it should be grim and stern determination. This “president” is yours: he belongs to you. He is your bitch, you servant (literally, the term is “public servant”), and it is his duty to carry out the will of the people.  Think of him like a pet that you need to train… but he’s made it clear he’s a bad dog.

He’s a very bad dog.

So you need to make him know what the phrase “you are MY president” really means.  It is not a title of respect or of power: not intrinsically, anyway. The office of the President is an office that serves the People of the United States. When the President does it well, then he gets respect and power. And perhaps a tasty treat. But when he doesn’t do it well, it’s our responsibility to spank him on the nose (metaphorically!!) and let him know that he’s wrong and will be punished.

He’s yours. He belongs to you.

And if he’s not your president… then whose is he? Then he’s a stray dog. You are giving up responsibility for keeping him on the leash. That will not end well.

Grab the leash. It’s your president.

We can make him sit, stay, and beg… but we need to take the leash to do it.



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  1. Jeffery Anderson-Burgos says:

    This is an important distinction that is too often lost on people. I, too, understand the emotional need to separate oneself from ownership of a President that the majority of people did not vote for. Given the fears associated with his rhetoric, it’s understandable to want to create some distance. That said, our Presidential election is, in essence, the world’s most expensive job interview. He was hired according to the functions of our electoral system. By declaring that ‘he isn’t my President’ because I didn’t vote for him, his accountability lies only with those willing to claim him as their subordinate. Nothing could be more counterproductive to our interests.

  2. Brian O'Neil says:

    Greg, I accept this from you as I accepted some time ago when you suggested that saying “I can’t think about that” might be better if it were reframed in your mind as “Let me thing about that…differently.” That is what you have done here. And quite well I might add. Brian

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