Let me say, for the record, and to no one’s surprise, that I don’t like Donald Trump’s policies or politics. I think his manner and his mouth have created an atmosphere that endorses violence and encourages prejudice.

There, I’ve said it.

Many of the people I know personally and virtually feel the same way.

Let me also say that I don’t care about his hair, his tan, his weight or any other superficial thing about him. I don’t think that any of those things have any place in the debate about his policies. I believe it’s what he does that makes him concerning to people like me – I think calling him names about his supposed ‘orangeness’ trivializes the danger he poses and makes arguments against his policies seem secondary to his look and his presence.

I’m only guessing here but I’d say that less than 10 percent of the posts I read that are anti-Trump speak strictly about his policies and his politics.

All the rest have some element that would be classified as ‘bully’ commentary about him physically.

Everyone seems to be trying to outdo everyone else in regards to put downs about his looks in one way or another.

These are the self same people who post anti-bullying memes and make public statements about fat shaming and about other forms of lookist propaganda. There seems to be a belief that when someone else says it, they are a bully, when I say it it’s funny commentary.

I don’t like Trump.

I don’t like his policies.

His politics scare me.

I think that he will put forward platforms and make changes that will kill people.

Can we talk about that?

And not about his hair?

Or his weight?

Or his tan?

We should be so against bullying and teasing and name calling that we don’t do it, even against those that we don’t like. It’s easy not to bully a friend. It’s a piece of cake not to tease someone you love.

The test of our mettle is when it comes to applying the same standard of behaviour to those who we, even violently, oppose.

Stop Bullying.

You want to thump Trump, do it with respectful, loud, challenges to what he is DOING.

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