Another CNN liberal refuses to admit a very apparent fact. Does their delusion know no bounds?
In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s victory in the November 8, 2016, election, protests were organized across the country with many protesters holding up signs reading “Not My President”. This slogan soon became a rallying cry for disappointed liberals across the country with #NotMyPresident quickly trending on Twitter.
This anger and disillusionment with President Trump culminated in two marches: The 2017 “Women’s March” on January 21’st that brought millions of women (but also men) together to protest Trump’s policies towards women and the “Not My President Day” on February 20th, Washington’s Birthday or Presidents Day, which consisted of rallies across the country protesting Trump’s policies as President.
While the Women’s March was not specifically an endorsement of the “Not My President” movement and ideal, many of the people who were marching did endorse and were part of the “Not My President” movement. However, while the Women’s March may not have been the “Not My President’s Day” rally, certainly it was all about the “Not My President” movement. This is because unlike the Women’s March, in which there were many different causes being marched for and opposition to Trump was just one of them, the main unifying theme behind the “Not My President’s Day” rallies, was opposition to Trump. There was no cause that the protesters were for, just a man they were against — Donald Trump.
In the aftermath of the “Not My Presidents Day” rally, many hoped that as time went by people would settle down and that the idea of “Not My President” would go away as life returned to normal. People hoped that once the Trump administration settled in and began the boring process of actual day to day governance, people would lose interest in protesting and get back to living their daily lives.
While this may have been a nice hope, unfortunately, it did not happen. Protests against Trump’s policies, specifically the executive order banning travel into the United States from 6 Muslim majority countries, colloquially known as the “travel ban”, and the Republican Congress’s attempt to repeal Obamacare, have continued. While this may be frustrating for some, it is really a good example of civic engagement which can only be good for democracy.
Despite protests against Trump’s policies, many seemed to think that the idea of “Not My President” and not accepting the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency had fallen by the wayside. The protests of Trump’s policies no longer were filled with people holding “Not My President” signs, and social media was no longer permeated with posts featuring the #NotMyPresident. It looked like maybe liberals had finally accepted the legitimacy of Donald Trump.
However, as the saying goes, looks can be deceiving.
What’s Happening Now:
With all the recent revelations about the connection between Trump and Russia, specifically with more and more details coming out about the meeting during the campaign between Donald Trump Jr. and Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin, CNN has devoted significant time to having liberal and conservative contributors on to discussing what it all means. In this vein, on Monday morning July 17th, CNN’s “New Day” brought on Jack Kingston, a former Republican Congressmen, and Angela Rye, a CNN Political Commentator and frequent critic of the President, to debate the implications of the meeting.
While the debate between Kingston and Rye was supposed to revolve around the meeting between Trump Jr. and Veselnitskaya, the debate quickly turned into a discussion on Donald Trump himself. As the Daily Caller explains:
“When the debate moved from the son to the father, Rye declared that Trump is Kingston’s president but seemed to deny that he represents her as well.
‘There are a lot of things your president has done to defy logic,’ Rye shot at Kingston. ‘Let’s at least acknowledge that.’
‘Your president, Angela,’ Kingston asserted. ‘Your president too.’
Rye still refused to admit that Trump is her president.
‘Well, he’s your president,’ Rye said.”
While everyone knows that Donald Trump is, in fact, the current President of the United States, this comment by Rye just goes to show the sad state that Democrats and the Democratic Party as a whole are in right now. One would think (and hope) that 8 months after the Presidential election even opponents of President Trump would get over the loss and start dealing with reality. But alas, that is not to be.
Rather than taking up real issues and devoting themselves to important causes, all Democrats do is oppose Trump. As Fox News reports:
“According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 52 percent responded that the Democrats stand “just against Trump.”
It was 15 points higher than those who answered that the party stands ‘for something’ while 11 percent expressed no opinion.”
As this poll shows, Democrats still spend all their time opposing Trump and wishing he wasn’t president, and it seems America has noticed. Only 37% of Americans believe that Democrats stand for anything at all; a number that doesn’t bode well for their already low chances of retaking Congress in 2018.
It is not just Angela Rye who is living in the past by refusing to accept that Donald Trump is the President of the United States, but in a broader sense, it is the whole Democratic Party. Angela Rye is not a wacko liberal going out on a limb all by herself, rather she is representative of the institutional problem in the Democratic Party today.
It seems that when it comes to the Five Stages of Grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance, Democrats are still stuck at Denial.