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Protesters' Theatrics are Ridiculous

After taking the oath of office on Friday, President Trump gave an inspired inaugural address on the difficulties that have plagued the United States. Notably, he cited that "America's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay," "the factories shuttered and left our shores," and "we've made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon." Essentially, the President came to terms with the great deal of work that he has waiting for him.

Towards the end of the speech, the President said, "We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity." This particular line stands out above all because of the circumstances surrounding the President's inauguration...

The night before President Trump took office, protesters targeted the DeploraBall event. They set off smoke devices, burned Trump gear, shouted offensive vulgarities, and attacked supporters. James Allsup, a Washington state Republican, was whacked on the head with a pole -- he was left bloody. 

On Inauguration Day, protesters in Washington, D.C. created a riot. They smashed the windows at Starbucks, Bank of America, and bus stops; set garbage cans ablaze; and hurled objects -- including bricks and chairs -- at officers. As a result of the chaos, 217 protesters were arrested and six officers were injured.

This type of behavior is irresponsible and ridiculous. The cries of #NotMyPresident, however delusional, are one thing -- but causing chaos is another. As President Trump said, it is acceptable to "debate our disagreements honestly." However, putting the safety of others at risk to make a political statement isn't debate -- it is rioting. My message to the protesters and provocateurs: Give it a rest. You're not going to achieve anything. President Trump is here to stay.

As for the #NotMyPresident crowd on social media, I will offer them the same advice. President Trump is now the resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, regardless of what they want. He weathered a bruising general election, won the recounts brought about by Jill Stein, won a strong majority of the electoral votes, and was inaugurated.

It is amazing that we have the freedom to debate politics and criticize our politicians -- in fact, it is a cornerstone of our democracy. It is when the line between debate and aimless theatrics is frayed that anti-Trump forces' words don't carry as much weight.

Whether or not you agree with his politics, I am asking for you to give President Trump your support. It will help him achieve an agenda that is representative of our interests.