Donald Trump has gotten away with making absolutely horrific comments about women, the LGBT community, immigrants, celebrities and other political figures and people still rally behind this man. Trump’s favorite place to receive praise for his behavior and to get his message across is none other than his very own Twitter account.
When I think of the current President of the United States, I do not think of him as being our president. I think of crude behavior, sexist and racist “jokes,” heavily biased opinions and “facts” that get stated that have zero creditability. Someone is always having to run behind Donald Trump and clean up his messes. More often than not, someone is telling you what Trump meant to say or what he meant by what he said, rather than him putting effort and research into what he is going to say in the first place.
A while back, Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the National Anthem to protest police violence against African Americans and people completely lost their minds. The protest became huge news and people haven’t stopped talking about it since. While I am in support of his decision to do so and believe anyone should be able to peacefully protest anyway they see fit, Donald Trump did not and does not feel the same way. In true Trump fashion, he made a series of tweets within the last few days that has gotten the whole country discussing the “right way” to protest.
I am always in support of people getting to protest and speak their minds. I believe that it is absolutely and disgustingly inappropriate to make a series of tweets condemning a man and how he chooses to protest, if he is hurting no one in the process. Especially considering, Donald Trump will never understand the actual issue at hand or the actual reason Kaepernick was taking a knee to begin with.
I am not saying that everyone should take a knee during our national anthem but I’m also not saying they shouldn’t. But if Donald Trump, the President of the United States, only puts his feelings and opinions first, then is he really doing his job as the president? The presidential title is held to the highest of standards, or at least it used to be. The president is held to a completely different standard than you or me. He is supposed to put his feelings aside and do things for the greater good and for our country. He is not supposed to go on social media and bully people like he is in high school.
If Colin Kaepernick would have chosen to riot or march in the streets, he, more than likely, would have been called a “thug” and if he chooses to do it peacefully at a football game, it’s still not good enough. So is he supposed to stay silent? What is the right way to protest without being attacked online by the person who is supposed to be in support of all Americans and their rights?
Unfortunately, just like Kaepernick has the right to take a knee, Trump has the right to tweet about it. I would just like people to keep in mind that Kaepernick took a knee in support of the African American community, not for attention. Trump’s tweets are being made out of hate. It’s very easy to defend a country that has done everything in its power to ensure that you succeed. But when you’ve had to face diversity and hate, that is when things get tough. And Donald Trump has only had to deal with hate that he has brought on himself by just simply being Trump.