Let's start off by setting one thing straight, I don't care if you say he's not your president, the reality is, that if you are a citizen of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump is, in fact, your president.

Now that we have that out of the way, let's continue.

I am sick and tired of seeing people and almost every major news network bash our president. The amount of disrespect and hatred Trump has received is unreal. Don't get me wrong, I know former presidents also had to deal with their share of hate. I watched former President Obama receive a lot of criticism from citizens, but the major news networks rarely did. Instead, they talked about how elegant Michelle looked. Now, they talk about how Melania must be so embarrassed of Trump. With Obama, they talked about how funny and clever he was. With Trump, they find a million different ways to humiliate and make fun of him. I understand that he needs to keep his mouth shut sometimes but I can almost guarantee you that if Trump said the exact same thing Obama did, he would be criticized.

I don't care what party you affiliate yourself, he is the president and that title alone deserves respect. In no other country would citizens dream of making fun of their leader so publicly and freely. But that's the beauty of America, we have the right to say what we think. However, we do not have the right to slander or disrespect someone just because we disagree. There is so much hate in the world, why participate in it?

People scream obscenities and physically assault each other at protests and rallies because they have no respect for each other. You say you don't want violence, yet you are the very thing you claim to hate. You say you want tolerance, but you yourself are completely intolerant. You cannot be disrespectful and expect or demand respect for yourself. Yes, I know some of you feel the president does this very thing but he is this country's leader and if we don't respect our own leader, no one else will.

Trump's star in Hollywood is destroyed and you praise the person who committed vandalism, a criminal act. If this had happened during the Obama era, there would have been outrage. You condone illegal activities as long as it isn't against you or someone in your political party.

I'll leave you with this thought. We only know what the news outlets want us to know. We have no idea what is really going on in Washington D.C. or what kind of stress the president is under. Our president might not be leading the way you would like, but he is doing it and that alone deserves respect.

Sheri Kotzum is a reporter for The Destin Log. She can be reached at skotzum@thedestinlog.com or 315-4353.