Many social media users set their ire on pop singer Katy Perry over the weekend, when she tweeted a call for unity following the presidential election.
Though Perry, whose parents are Christian evangelists, supports former Vice President Joe Biden, she has family members who were disappointed to see the outcome of Tuesday’s election.
“The first thing I did when the presidency was called is text and call my family members who do not agree and tell them I love them and am here for them,” she wrote, along with the hashtag “#FamilyFirst.”
She added: “Call your family today.”
One respondent, Rebecca Cohen, told Perry: “Truth is, rich white [people] such as yourself were never at risk no matter who won this election. To you, this is more a disagreement of opinions — to the rest of us, this election was a matter of life or death in many aspects. So no, I won’t be calling my family to console them.”
“I refuse to bow down to my oppressors,” added Kyle Ord. “I refuse to extend an olive branch to people who don’t think I should exist.”
One day before last week’s presidential election, the news wire service Reuters ran an article featuring Mayra Gomez, whose 21-year-old son disowned her after learning she was voting for President Donald Trump’s re-election.
“You are no longer my mother,” Gomez recalled her son telling her.
Similarly, 77-year-old Gayle McCormick abandoned her husband when she learned he was voting for Trump on Election Day.
Perry’s comments come as progressive lawmakers and thought leaders are leading an effort to tarnish the reputations of those who have supported Trump, making it difficult for them to find future employment.
Hari Sevugan, who was a spokesperson for former President Barack Obama’s campaign, has launched an initiative called “The Trump Accountability Project.” It will be a database of Trump supporters with the stated goal of “remembering what they did.”
Others like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, leftist activist DeRay Mckesson, political activist Evan McMullin, and liberal Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin, along with CNN, have also endorsed keeping a list of those who voted for or supported the president.
Rubin said during a recent appearance with MSNBC’s Joy Reid: “It’s not only that [Trump] has to lose, his enablers have to lose. We have to collectively burn down the Republican Party. We have to level them. Because if there are survivors, … they will do it again.”