Apparently There Is a Need to Differentiate
(A longer version of this piece also ran on TownHall.com.)
President-elect Donald J. Trump. Regardless of what the media wanted us to believe, the election of Donald Trump was not only possible—it happened!
And there have been legitimate reactions, happy and disappointed, from many across the country. But feigning fear, to the point of seeking safe spaces, and comparing the election of Donald Trump to the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, is utterly ridiculous.
Students in my state are reporting that a professor of journalism at a North Carolina university recently said that the election of Donald Trump is “just as devastating as 9/11.”
Is it really?
Over the weekend, Saturday Night Live aired with a cold open so gloomy I assumed I was watching the wrong channel. Kate McKinnon, the actress who has played Hillary Clinton in sketches during this election season, sat at a piano and performed a moving rendition of the song “Hallelujah.” I waited for the punchline, but when the song ended, she looked into the camera with tears in her eyes and said “I’m not giving up and neither should you.” There surely hasn’t been an SNL opening this somber since September 11. The tone was eerily similar.
Give me a break.
Robert De Niro has reportedly chimed in with the same sentiments saying, “I feel like I did after 9/11.”
What a disservice to our country and what an insult to 9/11 families to make this comparison! Some families have already responded, according to TMZ. They call this comparison “disgusting ignorance.” What a punch in the gut this must be for them.
Do any of the precious college students hiding in their safe spaces while creating internet memes and Snapchatting videos of themselves crying about this election even remember September 11, 2001?
Do they remember the horror of thousands of Americans being killed? Were they glued to the television that fall morning to find out where the next attack would be, if there would be more? Did they watch the sickening footage of innocent American men and women throwing themselves off of the towers to their death, to avoid suffocation from smoke and flames?
Probably not. And if they do, I would urge them to think twice between comparing the results of a free election, America’s choice of a president they might not like, and a terrorist attack that resulted in the death of almost 3,000 of us.
We must be vigilant. We must hold our new president accountable. And we must move forward toward unity and get to work. So pull up your pants and end the dramatics. The election of Donald Trump may or may not be what you wanted, but it is certainly incomparable to the devastating death and destruction this country experienced on September 11, 2001.
It’s a wonder that there is a need to differentiate.