Millions of politically minded Americans watched in horror Tuesday night as Hillary Clinton’s political aspirations crumbled around her. The democratic presidential candidate represented their hopes for the country, and those hopes were brutally dashed.
And now some of these supporters are trying various ways to organize. While critics say these efforts are a little late, these supporters hope to stand in the face of a kind of hatred they associate specifically with President-Elect Trump.
While some are rioting and shutting down freeways, others are taking a more subtle approach. They’re wearing a simple safety pin. The pin is to show support of minorities who they feel are threatened by the hatred and bigotry they feel like Trump’s rhetoric emboldened.
— wifeontheverge (@tiffmagid) November 11, 2016
This list, written by Caitlin Rosberg, has become a prominent meme on social channels:
If you wear a hijab, I’ll sit with you on the train.
If you’re trans, I’ll go to the bathroom with you.
If you’re a person of color, I’ll stand with you if the cops stop you.
If you’re a person with disabilities, I’ll hand you my megaphone.
If you’re an immigrant, I’ll help you find resources.
If you’re a survivor, I’ll believe you.
If you’re a refugee, I’ll make sure you’re welcome.
If you’re a veteran, I’ll take up your fight.
If you’re a LGBTQ, I won’t let anybody tell you you’re broken.
If you’re a woman, I’ll make sure you get home ok.
If you’re tired, me too.
If you need a hug, I’ve got an infinite supply.
If you need me, I’ll be with you. All I ask is that you be with me, too.
The key to the metaphor is the safety part of the safety pin. Those who wear these pins are symbolically saying that they themselves are safe-spaces. They’re standing up in the face of what they to be the misogyny, racism, and xenophobia of Trump.
Critics of the groundswell of Clinton supporters–especially those who were active and engaged before the actual election–are frustrated by the protestors unwillingness to accept the outcome of the election. As Clinton was openly critical of Trump for implying that he might not accept the result of the national vote, the #nevertrump movement does reek of hypocrisy.
— Morgan Gallo (@Gallo1Morgan) November 11, 2016
Yet the safety pin, which first appeared in response to the Brexit vote this summer, is something more subtle. It doesn’t imply that the wearer rejects Trump, or refuses to accept his legitimacy, just the rhetorical tone that characterized much of his campaign.
— Haunter Shriekmeyer (@Sieckmeyer) November 11, 2016
Trump, in an effort to ease tensions and calm fears, has called for Americans to come together.
— CheapVeganChick (@CheapVeganChick) November 11, 2016