Let's rewind. There were, in fact, protests in the streets after Obama's election. (See photos above). The difference between those protests and the ones we're seeing today is the following: the post-Trump protests are directed specifically and explicitly at the hate speech that has been peddled by Trump and his supporters over the past two years, and many of the protesters have specifically requested, as their protest objectives, that Trump denounce the racially loaded vitriol of his campaign. The post-Obama protests were mostly hate speech, directed at Obama himself - accusations that he was not a US citizen, accusations that he was a Muslim Manchurian candidate for Al Qaeda, secretly plotting to destroy the United States from within, insistent emphases on Obama's middle name, allusions to lynchings and other elements, such as cross-burnings, from the ugliest periods of US history. There were direct and explicit comparisons drawn between Obama and Adolf Hitler - (and, we should note, these came from pundits and voices on Fox News, not just from citizens in the streets). There was an increase in the numbers of independent militia groups in the United States, preparing for the coming revolution. Stores nationwide sold out of firearms and ammunition, and ammo manufacturers were unable to keep up with sales in the following months. There was an explosion of hate crime in the US and a steady uptick in hate groups with numbers reaching unprecedented levels, followed by the formation of the 'Tea party,' a political sub-party within the Republican party with its primary political goal being the paralysis of United States governance. At one point there was a cry from a radio host for an armed insurrection to overthrow Obama. His entire presidency has been plagued with unfounded public outcries for his impeachment, and as a matter of fact, our president-elect was one of the voices calling for public protest after Obama won reelection in 2012.
So, while I am on the side of healing and have resisted the very real urge to lash out, please, for God's sake, drop the high horse pontifications about how Republicans never protested Obama's presidency. Not only is it radically, wildly, absurdly, comically, and demonstrably false, but it undermines the essence of democracy. Just as elections are the core of democracy, and we must honor the results, protest is central to democracy as well. Spare me the righteous indignation.