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Concrete Steps We Can All Take To Show That He’s Not Our President

The New York Times, January 14, 2017

No, we cannot block Donald Trump from entering the White House this week. But we don’t have to cheer. Remember that this thug desperately craves attention – so, as with any two-year-old who’s having a temper tantrum, deny it. No photos on the walls of any government building, school, post office etc., nor to accompany news stories. No invitations to give speeches or graduation addresses; no honorary degrees. Always refer to him as Trump or Mr. Trump or Donald, never as President. Of course anyone who is offered any honor by him, such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom or an invitation to perform at the White House, should publicly decline, with as much vitriol as you’d like. (For some examples, please consider Elton John, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Garth Brooks and all the others who refused to perform at the inauguration—but shame on the Talladega College Marching Band.) No interviews on TV or radio without an opposition figure – simultaneously — to counter him and fact-check. Ditto with Oval Office addresses. I’m not saying never to publish, stream, or broadcast things he says, because we need to know what he’s spouting – secrecy is his tool, not ours; we also need to record his impeachable statements. But use discretion. Rule #1: No unchallenged, solo platform. Okay, but how can we, as ordinary people, accomplish any of this? We can take these steps as school principals, office managers, university officials, business and trade organization leaders, and editors, and we can write to those in our community. The goal: Make clear to the world that they should ignore anything he says the same way we do.

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