There are some lines that we all need to be mindful about. The left and the right, Clinton supporters and Trump supporters, have at times crossed that line.
We have heard months of hate and anger at people based just on who they are - the vilifying of "The Other". We have seen political leaders using fear of differences as a way of whipping up support.
There have been a lot of expressions of fear of and anger at Trump and his supporters. I hope that people understand that it is not his voters, but his supporters, that are the people who are actively working to create a culture of fear and hate. The political workers who were attempting to get him elected even as they knew that he is not in any way qualified to run this country. The people who attended his rallies and were chanting "Lock Her Up", "Build The Wall", "Jew-S-A" - these are the ones who have created the fear that many people are now expressing.
There's no equivalency between "I'm scared and angry and Donald Trump represents a threat to people I care about, this country I love, and the earth I want to protect" and rhetoric like "Obama is a Anti-white Muslim" or "Homosexuals are trying to recruit our children". So much of the rhetoric out of the Republican party is simply intended to divide us, to whip up sentiment against some non-white, non-straight population.
Don't try tell me that Hillary's "Deplorables" comment was hate speech. She was talking about people who express hate against some "other" group. She was saying that their behavior - not their accident of birth or color of their skin - but that their behavior is what put them in the "basket of deplorables" - not something I would have said, but we all understood what she meant.
There's a lot of things I dislike about Donald J. Trump. I might even make fun of his small hands or his bad hair or his ill-fitting clothes. But I'm not going to say that he is somehow not entitled to the same rights as any other citizen of this country. I'll even try really hard not to say "Some people are saying...", although when a man who is ascending to the most powerful position in the world starts throwing around innuendo like that, you can be damn sure I'm going to criticize that.
What I'm going to oppose is his behavior, his policies, and the behavior and policies of the people he chooses to be associated with. And I'm going to do it with whatever voice I have. I'll try to keep it civil, but you can be sure, there are things that Donald Trump has said that, if he attempts to follow through on them, are going to make me angry. And I'll express that anger. But don't conflate the anger and fear of people who strongly disagree with hate. I'll speak out against hate from whatever corner it comes from, and I'll call out my allies when they cross that line. But don't expect me to ever allow myself to be cowed by into silence by people claiming that I hate.
I don't hate - or at least, I try very hard not to. But love can be expressed as anger when that which we love is under attack. And I'm comfortable with that.