The messages from both Trump supporters and protesters have hardly taken a turn this week. What went from the routinized hating of Trump, #imwithher hashtags, and “he’s a racist xenophobe” has become heaps of anger and outrage in many forms. Initially, Donald Trump’s election to the presidency led many to riot and speak out against the country’s choice. This week, the riots seem to have slowed down, and a settling statement of “we will not be silent” has become evident across all social media platforms. Scrolling through the #trump hashtag on Twitter revealed tweet after tweet on the liberal side that showed how the country is in protest. About Melania Trump specifically, many posts recounted that top designers are refusing to dress her as an act of protest to Trump’s election. @SophieTheallet posts online her personal letter deciding not to dress Melania Trump. With over 13k favorites, her tweet below:
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Open letter | Sophie Theallet | November 17th, 2016 <a href=”https://t.co/g1hIAyBmdF”>pic.twitter.com/g1hIAyBmdF</a></p>— sophie theallet (@sophietheallet) <a href=”https://twitter.com/sophietheallet/status/799378444249399300″>November 17, 2016</a></blockquote> //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
It seems that many are choosing to reveal facts that further drive home the need not to stay silent about the matters of sexism and racism by spreading this type of news. WSJ’s Facebook post tracker, Bluefeed Redfeed, seldom mentions this topic.
On the right side, Trump supporters have started the Starbucks cup campaign. As a sort of “stick it to you” act, Trump supporters are going to Starbucks and asking the baristas to write “TRUMP” on their cup instead of their name…Ooooooh, burn.
People on the left are saying, “Ok?” Many tweets on the left side point out that this campaign literally isn’t making any difference, and baristas don’t care, while people on the right are proudly posting pictures of their cups.
On Reddit, the conversation has taken a distinct turn surrounding Trump’s choice for attorney general, Jeff Sessions. One Redditor in particular, u/TwoGee, posted multiple times about Trump issues. He used this platform specifically to shame him and tear down his choices in the r/politics community. Among his personal posts contributing to these ideas, many others bring up the issues. The general theme is that Jeff Sessions as attorney general is a terrible choice, and could return the United States to the Reagan administration’s view on drugs—”just say no.” This shift, along with Ronald Reagan’s “War on Drugs,” has led to dire consequences involving the mass incarceration of people of color, and so on. If he is officially appointed, this could be a real issue. What is interesting about all of this chatter is that it’s hardly noticeable on any other social media platform. Perhaps u/TwoGee and others are influencing conversation more than they think.
One final kicker across all social media sites is the well-circulated letter from Lauren Jauregui, a beloved member of the group Fifth Harmony. Her letter says what we’ve all been thinking. Now with over 93k favorites on @billboard’s Twitter, Lauren explains how the upset of liberals is not misplaced or dramatic, how she is personally affected by the outcome of the election, and just how serious it is that Trump has been elected president.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Fifth Harmony’s <a href=”https://twitter.com/LaurenJauregui”>@LaurenJauregui</a> pens open letter to Trump voters: "I am a bisexual Cuban-American woman & so proud" <a href=”https://t.co/5psQ6p5L9k”>https://t.co/5psQ6p5L9k</a></p>— billboard (@billboard) <a href=”https://twitter.com/billboard/status/799752166676103168″>November 18, 2016</a></blockquote> //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
A quote reads, “We are not ‘whining’ about our presidential choice losing, we are screaming battle cries against those whose political and personal agendas threaten our lives and sanity.” It seems that many liberals are sharing her post and making her a sort of hero for the side since she is a huge influence that has won the hearts of many—a poster child for the upset America, if you will. The right, meanwhile, doesn’t retaliate in any way.
The general theme here is as follows:
L: We must not be silent!
C: Why are you still whining?
L: How did this happen?
C: Write TRUMP on my cup!
C: Look how terrible this anti-Trump act is!
L: Look how terrible this pro-Trump act is!
And so on, and so on.
Are we done yet?