Editorial

Trump Takes Over, Let Him Do His Job

Yatindra Bhatnagar

Donald John Trump has taken the oath as the 45th President of the United States of America. There is no choice now, no argument, no legitimate assertion that “He is not MY President.” He is the legitimate president of “all the people” in the US and   that include all those citizens who did not vote for him and still try to disown him. 

Trump was declared President according to the existing constitution, election rules and regulations. He got the highest number of Electoral College votes (304, required 270), Hillary Clinton got 227. Then Trump was voted as elected by members of the Electoral College at a separate meeting and was finally certified as President at the Joint Session of the American Congress – Senate and the House of Representatives. What more is required by the American Constitution!  

The proceedings at the joint session were interesting: some House Democrats tried  to object to some states Electoral College votes but no senator supported them.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said it was "embarrassing" for House Democrats that they couldn't get a senator to join the protest.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said she was not encouraging objections but that she would "support" them. There are a number of concerns. But it's not going to have an impact at the end of the day."

[In 2001, Democrats objected after the contested election between George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore, no senator joined a formal objection even then.]

In the light of all that Trump is “The Legitimate President of the United States.”  A former Congressman and a noted civil rights leader, John Lewis, and angry protesters can continue to say and shout as they wish, this is a fact. Trump has taken the oath, January 20, and he is President of the country and Commander-in-Chief of the nation’s armed forces.

The demonstrations, chest-beating, marches and whining will not change the situation. That will only alienate those millions who, without creating a fuss, enthusiastically voted for Trump, those members of the EC who later formally  cast their votes for him and then the lawmakers at the joint session of Congress that certified the result.  

The Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, John Roberts, administered the oath of office to the victor, Donald Trump. Even if all the Democrats, liberals, leftists, big donors and supporters of Hillary Clinton, some Hollywood celebrities and other disgruntled people object, the fact is established beyond doubt.

So, Hail to The Chief.  

The people who believe in democracy and the American Constitution and now oppose Trump’s election should accept facts and wait for their opportunity at the next election in 2020. They can have their say even in 2018 mid-term elections if they can turn the Republican majority in the Senate and the House and gain enough Democrats and liberals. That could be a victory for Trump-haters and weaken the President. But till then creating chaos and waging a futile campaign will not take the haters anywhere. They will only disrupt, destruct, vandalize, shout themselves hoarse, waste their time, money and energy, divide the country and weaken it.

It’s shocking that the outgoing president, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, who lost the election to Trump (despite getting more popular votes) did not open their mouth to discourage protests and marches. Their silence emboldened the demonstrators. That is not good for democracy as the rights of freedom of speech and assembly are being misused for unconstitutional and undemocratic accusations, statements, charges and demands.

Trump has come with a definite agenda: To secure borders, control immigration, create jobs, and make America Great again, among other plans. Let him function properly and fairly and give him a chance to prove himself.

The beauty and strength of democracy is that ‘We The People’ have the power to change our ‘rulers.’ That power cannot be snatched from us. Let us protect and preserve that power to be used as and when needed in the larger interest of the people and the nation.

Let’s not waste that power with futile demonstrations and marches.

1/22/17