Women with pink hats and signs begin to gather early and are set to make their voices heard on the first full day of Donald Trump's presidency, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington. Organizers of the Women's March on Washington expect more than 200,000 people to attend the gathering. Other protests are expected in other U.S. cities. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

You Have Not Been Affected In Any Way, Shape, or Form by Donald Trump. So Shut Up.

Friday will mark a month of Donald Trump as President. In just over three weeks, the media and activist left have trotted out a parade of horribles. They have distributed and retracted stories at breakneck speed. But the simple, honest truth is that Donald Trump has not affected your life in any way. Those of you who are spending your time protesting him are the epitome of the privilege you rail against and are divorced from reality.

In the past three weeks, your healthcare has not gone away. Your taxes have not gone up or down. Your children’s education has not improved or declined in quality. You are no more or less safe. Not a single thing has changed from three weeks ago except the outrage.

And the outrage machine is full of overly privileged people who will not go to jail for protesting the man they would have you believe is a ruthless authoritarian. Not only that, they are so privileged that many of them are being given time off from work or school to protest. Some of them are making money to protest.

Most Americans are raising their families, going to work, going to church, and trying to get by. They are not thinking about politics 24/7. The people who are thinking about politics 24/7 are the most white privileged of all privileged people, even if they aren’t white. They are taking advantage of a system that lets them protest, press grievances, and whine all the time over something that has not affected them in any way at all. I can’t think of anything more privileged than that. They don’t even have to work — they can professionally organize and march in the streets. Must be nice.

In the real world, people are getting up this morning, getting their children off to school, going to work, and focusing on the week ahead. Donald Trump has not affected them. No part of their day has been changed by him except when they turn on the television and see some rich Hollywood celebrity complain about how rotten things have suddenly gotten. Americans in the real world have seen neither an uptick nor downturn in their lives and livelihoods. In fact, the only area that has seen a decline is in sports and entertainment where politics has encroached to an absurd degree as leftists try to ruin everybody’s fun.

If you really do think Donald Trump has, in some way, made your life measurably or immeasurably worse in the past three weeks, you might need to check your privilege. The rest of us are too busy with the real world to notice.

So shut up and join the real world. Get a job. Go back to school. And ladies, shave.

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Erick Erickson

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