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. Little 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 who believes in equality) 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:
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 classic 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.