Loving left reacts to Trump presidency

On Election Day I posted a picture on Instagram that you can see here. Excited by the fact that Republicans had regained majority in the House of Representatives, I posted a celebratory Instagram picture. screen-shot-2017-02-14-at-3-39-09-pmLittle did I know, I would be name-called, unfollowed and blocked by some of my friends who held different political views than me. I remember feeling hurt and confused because I thought our friendship extended beyond political opinions.

Unfortunately, throughout my time on social media, Twitter in particular, I have found that the “loving left” is not necessarily so loving toward those who disagree with them. I have been called a racist, a bigot and a misogynist (even though I’m a woman) among others. Trolls on social media feel safe behind their profile pictures of their cats, so they rip into anyone they can find with a belief differing from their own.

Here are some examples on different subjects from President Trump’s Twitter:

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While it’s not wrong to have your own opinions, the way we share them should be in a way that is both respectful and kind. I always go back to the class WWJD (What would Jesus do?) to know whether or not I should say something. To me, disrespecting the president of your country, or any country, is uncalled for and unloving.

Wanting President Trump to fail is like hoping your plane’s pilot dies. If he goes down, we are all going down with him. I guess the thing that bothers me most is the hypocrisy that goes hand-in-hand with the left’s message. They preach love, tolerance and acceptance but do not apply it to anyone outside their circle of beliefs. Hopefully in the future, we can all come to an agreement to at the very least respect the office of the president of the United States and the one who resides in it, whether we agree with him/her or not.

 

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12 thoughts on “Loving left reacts to Trump presidency

  1. Melody Radford says:

    I’m so sorry you are faced with these comments just for expressing your opinion. Social media emboldens some to reply in a way that would never occur in a face to face meeting. Such is the downside of social media. If friends can’t disagree amicably, that is a sad state of where our country is headed. Those who unfriend or block merely because their viewpoint differs from yours are pretty shallow acquaintances. The danger in only hearing opinions that mirror yours is that the thought process and info are quite limited. After a time your info bubble gets very small and one sided. Open discussions and listening to each other obviously is the preferred plan. I’m hoping that eventually that will become more of the norm. I’ve enjoyed reading your posts.

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  2. khokolatekhip says:

    I completely agree that we need to be loving and open-minded firsthand! Even more, people need to work on communicating differences effectively because that’s the only way forward. People with unkind names to call you have no more vocabulary and critical thinking than that. – Blessings

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  3. Megan Johnson says:

    Social media can be helpful in many areas, but as we see here it can also be harmful to many. I appreciate you expressing your views with confidence and respect! Think about what a difference it would make if more people would too…

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  4. Local Loves of Nashville says:

    I am so glad you wrote about this. This has been something I have been thinking about for months now. Thank you for standing up and sticking with your own opinion. People easily fall into the trap of peer pressure. I wish all people would keep their spiritual beliefs in this sinful, political world.

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  5. Ashley Bingham says:

    It is very upsetting to see people acting this way. This election seems to have upset our nation, tearing us apart. We do have the right to our opinions, but we should be expressing them respectfully, instead of shooting other people down and accusing them of being something they aren’t. Great post!

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  6. Russell Vannozzi says:

    Nothing like some good social media trolls! I always wonder who is behind those “cat profile pictures.” Also, do these people have jobs? Don’t they have better things to do with their time?

    You bring up interesting points, Annie. Way too many people waste their lives being mad about something on social media (and what they’re mad about literally changes every day). Maybe if they went out into the world and made something of themselves, they’d have less to pull the “racist” and “misogynist” cards.

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  7. masoncubed says:

    Annie,
    I love how passionate you are about politics! It is really cool to see how strongly rooted you are in your beliefs. I think we can all I agree that this country needs unity more than ever.

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  8. Kez Tabelisma says:

    It is very sad to see how much hatred and division is being thrown around especially in social media. It’s great that, in spite of the rude comments and gestures, you still chose to love on those who have differing opinions than you. It’s very commendable, and I hope more people will react as you do.

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  9. upcomingnashartists says:

    It stinks getting hate no matter what you do when it comes to politics. There are extremists in every situation, so I am sorry that you’ve seen the liberals that spread the hate instead of the love we want to show to everyone. It comes from both sides and unfortunately we tend to hear from the people that hate rather than love.

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  10. charissaricker says:

    It’s a shame that people you thought were friends couldn’t put aside political differences, but you’re probably better off without them. I think this is a really great point to make, especially in a political blog, that people will not always agree and be nice. Good for you though, for speaking your opinion and being classy as well. Great post!

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