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I’ve heard people say that the mass protests against Donald Trump’s election are inappropriate, because earlier elections didn’t face such public demonstrations. There’s just no precedent for such protests. They’re unheard of.

That may be so; I don’t know, so I’ll let the historians decide. (As it happens, Trump himself called for such protests four years ago. He even denounced the Electoral College.)

In any case, though, a key reason for Trump’s appeal and victory is that he’s no slave to the standard methods of American politics. If Trump can campaign and govern in unprecedented ways, then it’s fair for millions of other Americans to respond to him in unprecedented ways.

As long as they keep their protests nonviolent, let ’em have their say.