After the election my rugby teammates and I were harassed verbally and physically threatened by our own teammates because we proudly helped our candidate win the general election. By celebrating the election night many individuals felt betrayed, scared, and defeated. They thought that the world was against them and that because the world was ending, their opinions mattered more. My own rugby family — girls who I would turn to in my time of need — wanted nothing to do with me because I proudly voted for Trump.
Some left-wing rugby players took pride in bullying their republican teammates. By saying that their opinion mattered more than mine they acted immensely immature. I felt like they undermined my right to Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Association, and my right to privacy. They threatened me physically, kicked me out of my own house, kicked me out of other houses, and publicly shamed me all just for being the president of my college republicans chapter.
As our generation of millennials becomes one of the largest generations of eligible voters, it is important to recognize that they have a tendency to mildly dehumanize their opponents. Millennial activists have a tendency to automatically start labeling the average person without even knowing them.
An example of this is a teammate of mine tagged myself and another female in a Facebook post. The post went like this: “Tag someone who voted for Trump because they are a bigot, racist, sexist, homophobic, and deserve to die. Publicly call them out, the world deserves to know who they are.” So much for their ‘tolerance’. That should not be okay for any person to do. I thought liberalism implies equality and equal opportunity for all. Can someone please tell me where the equality is in this political atmosphere?
Authored by Madison Fagnani