What does it mean to say that Donald Trump is ‘Not My President’?

Image: Facebook
Image: Facebook

The meme above is one of many making its way around the internet over the last few days. It seems to be causing some confusion, so I thought I would try to explain to those who don’t understand it. This is what I wrote on Facebook last night:

In what is a 2004 throwback, “Not My President” is back in action and it’s already catching shit from ill-informed conservatives and neoliberals as being anti-democracy.

Not My President is not a claim that Trump did not win. It is not an attempt to invalidate the fact that he is THE president. He will be, there is no doubt.

It is, however, a repudiation of his values. His ideology. It says that he does not in any way represent us, the majority of the US that actually voted against him (no matter how small the difference).

It says his presidency, his government, is our enemy. We will fight them every step of the way as they fight to remove the rights of our citizens or attack foreign countries.

Trump is not my president because his version of this country is not one I want to be a part of. It is one I will fight to stop, to overthrow. The history I am writing for this country in one in which the American people stood up to fascism and never backed down.

Donald Trump is going to be the president of the United States, but he doesn’t represent me, and he is Not My President.

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