I don’t respect this election result. I must abide by it, of course. But I don’t respect it. I respect the people who voted for Donald Trump. As private individuals, they’re no better or worse than anyone else. But I don’t respect their decision to elect a man who blames vulnerable minorities for America’s problems. Who threatens journalists for reporting the news. Who castigates judges for requiring him to abide by the rule of law. Who boasts about his enthusiasm for torture. Who cheers on his supporters on when they beat protesters. I don’t respect that. I won’t pretend the people possess infinite wisdom. I’m a Jew. We know better.
I’m not a democrat. I’m a liberal democrat. I don’t believe in the people’s right to produce whatever radical, brutal, ignorant change they want on any given day. I believe that the people guide government within limits laid out by the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Donald Trump and his supporters have no right to breach those limits, no matter how many swing states they won. If they try, and I assume they will, those who believe in liberal democracy—in due process, individual rights, and the rule of law—must fight them without apology. Doing so is as American as casting a vote.