OPINION- Doreen Costa: Troubled by response to Trump’s election win

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as he speaks at campaign stop, Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)


by Rep Doreen Costa

During this exciting time in our nation’s history, more than ever, I am proud to be an American, because on November 8th 2016, registered voters in our great country turned out in record numbers to decidedly elect Donald J Trump, the 45th President of the United States.

The hardworking taxpayers of all fifty states have spoken with a loud and resounding voice, telling all elected leaders in Washington, D.C. that their decision for change will be honored. That they in fact, want America to be great again.

Following this year’s Presidential election, what I see in response to President-elect Trump’s win is beyond troublesome. To witness protesters burn our beautiful American flag on live television, block traffic, break storefront glass on business owners, burn and flip cars, because their candidate lost, is disgusting and is certainly NOT the American way.

President Obama won his bid for the Presidency twice, but I never voted for him. When my vote fell short of carrying his opponent to the White House, I did not cry, ask for a hug, wear a safety pin or burn the American flag. What I did do, was peacefully accept that my candidate lost, and wished our new President, his family and our country the very best, as should any self-respecting American.

I would like to ask why? What will this accomplish? Protestors are hurting small business owners and the livelihood of hardworking families by destroying public and private property. Students are not going to class because they say they are too upset. I hope the professors are giving them a zero for skipping classes that day. Governor Gina M. Raimondo was seen hugging her staff because her and their choice of President was defeated. I believe, if you have to hug your staff because you or they didn’t get their way, then I suggest you replace them with more emotionally stable personnel. Even Providence’s Mayor Jorge Elorza has hinted at breaking the law, should the President set forth a mandate he doesn’t personally agree with. If the Mayor of our capitol city refuses to honor the federal or state law, I believe he should be arrested. I beg anyone engaging in such destructive and immoral behavior to STOP!

The election is over. We all woke up the next day, went to work, attended school and it was business as usual. Here is my suggestion to anyone disgruntled by the election results. Do something that invites goodness, kindness, compassion and gratitude into your or another’s personal experience. Thank a Veteran today and every day, hold the door open for the person behind you, pay it forward at your favorite coffee house by buying someone you don’t know a cup of coffee. There is so much we can do as a nation to bring our country and its citizens together, for one common good, to make our country great again. So let’s do it!

One last suggestion to my fellow Americans. Replace your safety pin with a U.S. flag pin to show respect for your country, its leaders and its citizens, rather than add to the demoralization of the greatest nation in the world.

Doreen M. Costa represents District 31, which includes Exeter and North Kingstown, since being elected in November 2010. In April 2014, she was appointed as the vice chairwoman of the House Judiciary Committee.  She is also a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

  • TalkerMark

    Wow. This chick is a Constitutional Scholar with one hecka lead foot too!  Talk about zero to sixty.  Recall Homeland Security.  Hizzonor is on solid ground.  For starters he isn’t committing a crime. He might be an idiot, but he’s a legal idiot. Constitutional Powers do not include the ability of the Executive to impose Federal Will on the states.

    However, we have evolved into a ‘if I pay your bills, you do what I say’ hybrid. That is why the Federal money handed out by the trainload to every possible level of government. Each of those dollars comes with one very important string, namely the consequences of biting the hand doing the handing out of that dollar.

    The issue will go away after some back room discussions, where it will be made clear to the offending politicians that their grandstanding for votes will cost those voters dearly, once they find themselves having to pay for their own freeways, welfare programs, mass transit, other services. The last thing I expect to see is anything close to a Constitutional face-off. For sure nothing like  the Bush/Obama voiding of the document. Good Morning in America after a long night.

    By the way, I really don’t think that Trump will be any easier on those groveling weasels than he’s going to be on NATO, ISIS, the Chinese or Mexico.  We ARE the ONLY Big Dog in the park right now, and Trump is going to advantage us of that Yoooughly.   I just wish our representatives had at least a grade school social studies understanding of history and how this country is designed to operate.  Or maybe just like read a book that’s not agreeing with you every so often? Anything.

  • sfcpete

    Beware taxpayers!  When Federal funding is withheld from our capital sanctuary city – we the citizenry of the state will once again be held up by the oafs in the state house to “contribute” more to the city we are already supporting.

  • Kylan_Levi

    Costa: “What I did do, was peacefully accept that my candidate lost, and wished our new President, his family and our country the very best, as should any self-respecting American.”

    So clearly the GOP leadership were not “self-respecting Americans” on January 20, 2009, the day President Obama was inaugurated, when those congressmen and senators VOWED to wish our new president ill, and oppose EVERYTHING he forwarded even when the legislation and ideas Obama forwarded were Republican ideas — such as the staunchly conservative right wing Heritage Foundation’s plan for national health care insurance coverage. 

    (*hint #1: that’s Obamacare, which was a Republican idea from the Heritage Foundation, adopted into law by Republican Mitt Romney in Massachusetts but denounced relentlessly including with lies about “death panels” that don’t exist — all because the GOP hates Obama more than they love America). 

    Yeah, THOSE “self-respecting” Americans — NOT.

    But to Doreen Costa I’ll say this: I pledge going forward to afford president-elect Trump EXACTLY the same degree of well-wishing and open mindedness as her party’s leaders gave to President Obama upon his election. (*hint #2: that would be, none.)

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