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INGRID JACQUES

Editor’s Note: Safety pins against Trump?

Ingrid Jacques
The Detroit News

Chances are since the election you’ve encountered someone wearing a safety pin. And if it isn’t actually serving a utilitarian purpose, the pin is intended to spread a message.

That message is supposed to be one of inclusion and “safety,” since Donald Trump’s election as president apparently has a large swath of the population freaked out. Those who feel most unsafe are reportedly women, the LGBT community and minorities.

Folks in the UK started the safety pin trend, following the Brexit vote. They wanted to show compassion for refugees and other immigrants who may feel threatened by that decision.

Now that people have made up their minds about who they think the president-elect is, it probably doesn’t matter what he’s actually doing leading up to the inauguration.

For instance, in putting together his Cabinet and other key advisers, Trump has thrown support behind some strong women, including Betsy DeVos for education secretary and Ronna Romney McDaniel to lead the Republican National Committee. Both of these women hail from Michigan.

Trump also appointed Detroit native Ben Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

So Trump clearly doesn’t have an aversion to powerful women or minorities. He is also outspoken in his LGBT support. But given his appointees are Republicans, they aren’t likely to get rid of the safety pins.