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An open letter to campus Trump protesters from a ‘Never Trump’ millennial: Grow up!

I have spent the last 16 months telling people why I believed Donald Trump was unqualified to be president.

I was a “Never Trumper” because I didn’t believe Trump represented my conservative values. I voted for neither candidate, and I’m proud to say that, because I believed both had the potential to do irreparable harm to this nation.

And now Trump has won. But you don’t see me, or my Never Trump peers, losing our collective minds because we don’t support the president-elect.

On college campuses across our nation, rioters have burned the American flag, staged mass walk-outs from class to protest “white America,” and even have spray painted “AmeriKKKa” on the American flag. College administrators and professors have cancelled classes and midterms so students can cope with the “trauma” of a Trump election.

University groups are also holding group “cry ins” (you read that right), as well as organizing group hugs for students to deal with their post-electoral trauma. One Ivy League University even held a post-election safe space with puppy cuddling and coloring books. Another offered students building blocks and Play-Doh.

Yet by refusing to accept the results of the election, you student protesters just show that if you don’t get your way, you will riot, protest, and complain — like a toddler throwing a tantrum.

You claim to stand against racism, yet you vilify and attack those who voted for him. You claimed before the election that we need to come together, yet you now violently riot in the streets against Trump. You claim to be tolerant and open to ideas, yet you are only open to those ideas with which you agree.

Before we are liberals, and before we are conservatives, we are Americans. You don’t have to like Donald Trump, but to claim that “he’s not my president,” is incredibly childish and foolish.

Just as conservatives have been stuck with Barack Obama for the past eight years, we’re both stuck with Trump for at least the next four. Deal with it. You can riot all you want, but Donald Trump is still going to be our president, whether you like it or not.

I’m not asking you to defend Trump’s behavior, because I will absolutely not defend the parts of his policy with which I vehemently disagree.

But if you want to be taken seriously, don’t stoop to his level. Accept the results, move on, and if you truly believe in your supposed “liberal values,” convince others of the same and take back the White House (and the House of Representatives, Senate, Supreme Court, more than two-thirds of state legislatures, and more than 30 governorships) in the next election.

We’re all on the same plane. Shooting the pilot isn’t going to get us anywhere.

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Peter Van Voorhis -- UC Irvine

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