President-Reject: Don’t Say His Name
'If he craves the spotlight, pull the plug. If he desperately needs attention, starve him of it.'
This has to be a bad dream, right? Perhaps it’s the fault of shadowy hackers who juiced voting machines, spewed fake news everywhere, and/or exposed the Democrats for being—well, Democrats. Maybe it was just old-school electoral skullduggery designed to suppress the vote in strategic locales. Or perhaps it’s a plot by plutocratic climate deniers to implement their laissez-faire agenda and reign supreme with a free hand once and for all. Something amiss must be at work here to explain how our vaunted political process (s)elected a megalomaniacal jester as Chief Executive; even with lowbrow tastes and race-to-the-bottom social structures, it’s still hard to accept that this was a volitional act. Meanwhile, all of this only serves to bolster the brand and inflate the imperial coffers of one of history’s greatest charlatans.
"Undoubtedly, what he represents does matter, and his version of politics is deeply troubling. And yet he is merely a figurehead for larger forces in our midst, and to some extent the personalization of these issues as they manifest in a specific individual obscures the fact of deeper structural foundations."
Instead, we might consider refusing to acknowledge him altogether. If he craves the spotlight, pull the plug. If he desperately needs attention, starve him of it. If he wants to be the boss, go out on strike. If he demands obedience, conscientiously object. If he profits from publicity, simply stop watching him. If he wants power, render him superfluous. If he seeks to be in the center, then let’s place him in the margins. If he builds a Cabinet out of defective materials, let’s not place anything important in there. Indeed, this spirit is reflected in #notmypresident and other forms of rejection, offering a glimmer of noncompliance.