Republican president elect Donald J. Trump took to Twitter today, offering a New Year’s wish of happiness aimed particularly at those who campaigned so vigorously against him in the 2016 election.
Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2016
The statement is clearly meant to poke fun at the doomsday rhetoric being proclaimed by millions of independently operating (and self-conscripted) liberal “town-criers,” who have taken it upon themselves as a personal mission to preach the coming disaster with Trump at the helm. To be fair, many Republicans operated similiarly in both 2008 and 2012 — labeling President Obama with a plethora of derogatory commentary just after his election and throughout the tenure of his presidency — and progressives are gleefully using this past defamation to rationalize their own rhetoric toward the new president-elect.
@guypbenson When Obama was elected his opponents called him a Kenyan Muslim and essentially founded a militia. No manners lectures, please.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) November 19, 2016
*whispers* Obama spent eight years trying to make white men feel comfortable – they called him a Kenyan Muslim then voted for a fascist.
— sean. (@SeanMcElwee) November 19, 2016
all of you called obama a kenyan muslim for 8 years, i’m gonna say the worst things ever about trump and his family for next 4.
— Matt 🇲🇽 [NYG 10-5] (@thewarz0ne) December 4, 2016
But does this justify their behavior toward Trump? Do two wrongs make a right? Haven’t supporters of the current president been suggesting it was unethical, ridiculous, and disrespectful to say such things about him, but are now doing the same thing to the president elect? Is this hypocrisy? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook or in the comments below.