2016 Election Trump

Vice president-elect Mike Pence, right, watches as President-elect Donald Trump speaks during an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Disagreeing with Harold A. Dundee (The Advocate, Nov. 17th), I cheer and wholeheartedly support the protests erupting across the country against Donald Trump’s election. Not only do we not have an obligation to stand behind Trump, we have an obligation out of plain decency and care about the future to stand up to him and protest. We’re not obligated to support someone who will dismantle the Paris Accord, and otherwise continue to deny virtually all scientific evidence that humans are destroying the creation and threatening civilization via climate change. We’re not obligated to support someone who has called for the use of torture. We’re not obligated to support someone who mocks the disabled, exploits and gloats about manhandling women, and threatens to register entire groups of people based on their ethnicity, reminiscent of the horrors of Japanese internment camps during WWII. We’re not obligated to support someone who has emboldened white supremacists and spread fear via divisiveness. We’re not obligated to support someone as the leader of the free world with zero experience in government, and a poor record in business. We’re not obligated to support someone without any discernable principles other than to acquire wealth, and without any compunction about truth or facts. All those protesting the election outcome get it, especially the youth who recognize the false promise of jobs that destroy the planet. Three cheers to all those with the guts to stand up to a bully.

Thomas W. Sherry

professor

New Orleans