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“‘Donald Trump, I accept you.’ Why we need to be more like Miley Cyrus”


Pop rocket Miley Cyrus isn't the first person we look to for inspired political commentary, but this is 2016, the year that killed the term "complete surprise."

The 23-year-old Disney star-turned professional provocateur has released an emotional selfie video reacting to - you guessed it - the US Presidential election results.

In a live stream put out to her 80 million+ Twitter and Facebook followers, she tearfully declares her acceptance of President-elect Donald Trump and rallies her "happy hippies" to follow suit.

On the surface, this may appear a feeble and defeatist message for the committed Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter to put across to her young fans and the LGBTQ and homeless youngsters she supports through her Happy Hippies Foundation. They, after all, are one of many demographics in America likely to be clinging to their last nerves at the prospect of living under the rule of Trump, who has spoken out against gay marriage and had a running mate who appeared to support conversion therapy.

It would have been easier for Cyrus to passionately protest, rehash terrible Trumpisms from the 70-year-old’s seemingly bottomless scandal pit and generally rally against the inevitable. While this would have been classed as campaigning before the election, it’s merely spreading negativity after the result comes in. And as we’ve seen in both the campaign for Brexit and for the new US President, feeding the outrage of the like-minded is a tactical gamble that doesn’t always pay off. 

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Much like the disapproving declarations of "I'm in the 48%" post-Brexit, continuing to brandish an #imnotwithhim hashtag after Trump has been democratically elected comes across as churlish - not to mention pointless. It's also a glaringly entitled stance that feeds beautifully into the "special snowflake" criticism levelled at young liberals by some right-wingers, and one that reaffirms to those critics their actions in voting us out of Europe, or into a Trump-led America.

While Cyrus makes absolutely clear numerous times in her video that she is Team Clinton, her tentative welcoming of Trump echoes the graciousness and positivity of Clinton's concession speech, in which she told her supporters: “We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”

Read more: Hillary Clinton's concession speech in full

An influential, outspoken celebrity railing against the disappointment and hand-wringing of the result is a step towards getting on with all this greatness that Trump has promised over the next four years. Scoffs and eyerolls won't get us anywhere. He's said he'll make things great, and the American people believed him enough to elect him. Revelling in predictions of his failure is simply a four-year build-up to a smug “told you so.”

Amusingly, Cyrus also appealed directly to Trump to get in touch if he wants lessons in how to be a little more liberal.

“If you ever want to talk about or understand… maybe people who don’t think the same way that you and some of the people that support you do, please, if you want to open your mind and open your heart I'd love to give you a key."

Let’s hope her takes her up on her offer.

Facts about Donald Trump that may give you hope

  • There’s a chance he’s a closet Democrat. He changed his political affiliations five times between 1999 and 2012
  • He has five kids – they make people more liberal don’t they?

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