On Friday 20 January 2017, Donald Trump will have his inauguration ceremony. This will have him officially sworn into office as the 44th president of the United States of America. The ceremony itself has, much like Trump’s campaign, been marred in controversy. From critics of his considering not attending the event to the Rebecca Ferguson fiasco, it appears that ‘protest’ is the word that best sums up Trump’s journey to the presidency.
Trump, who won the electoral college vote and, thus, won the presidency, actually lost the popular vote to his rival, Hillary Clinton. In fact, over 2 million more people voted for Hillary than the Donald. As a result of this, there have been questions raised over the democratic value of the electoral college system; Trump’s very victory has been protested across the country.
On one hand, as American politics goes, Trump was elected fair and square and shouldn’t really be called into question. Unless, there is solid evidence that the Russian government intervened in some way in the election.
Despite this, however, protest is, and always has been a valuable and vital feature of democracy and is an important method for the public to show its displeasure at the status quo and a way to hold those in high positions to account.
When it comes to the validity of protests against Donald Trump, while they may not achieve anything in the long run, that does not necessarily mean that the protests are meaningless and should just stop. After all, even with the most fruitless protests, it is a matter of voices being heard which is never something meaningless.
It is true that, regardless of all of the protests and marches and boycotts, Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. Not even the possible revelation that the Russians affected the result of the presidential election is likely to change that.
What has also emerged since Trump became the President-elect is the man himself protesting against the protests. However, as opposed to protestors voicing their views on the streets, Trump has instead voiced his displeasure on Twitter.
While his tweets are entertaining in a demoralising way, they are also hypocritical. After all, Trump himself said that he would only accept the result of the election if he won.
However, as long as Trump continues his controversial, hate-filled rhetoric and supplies a reason for people to be upset at his ideals and values, protesting should be expected and, as long as it is peaceful and civilised, accepted.
After all, if Trump is too thin-skinned to handle members of the public being upset about his decisions and values, then he is in the wrong job.