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After one of the most divisive elections in American history, some are calling for unity around President-Elect Donald Trump.

Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway took it a step further, calling the nationwide anti-Trump protests “degrading to the office of the presidency.”

Really? So when a president is elected in America, everyone should just fall into line?

History shows that America’s first black president didn’t quite receive the benefit of the doubt after his election in 2008. President Obama‘s election brought out overtly racist displays questioning his citizenship, character and legitimacy.

The Tea Party’s rise to prominence months after the president’s inauguration in 2009 was in part fueled by race. Here are some reminders of disrespect President Obama faced over the course of 8 years.

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI - APRIL 11: A dummy representing President Barack Obama sits at a Tea Party Express rally April 11, 2010 in Clinton Township, Michigan. The Tea Party Express members are on a cross-country tour beginning in Nevada and ending in Washington, DC to rally support for the Tea Party agenda consisting of conservative causes and candidates. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI – APRIL 11: A dummy representing President Barack Obama sits at a Tea Party Express rally April 11, 2010, in Clinton Township, Michigan. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

1. His citizenship was questioned. Led by people like Donald Trump, the ‘birther movement’ spread the false idea that President Obama was born outside of the United States and therefore not eligible to be president.

President Obama had to endure the disrespect of presenting his birth certificate to show he was born in Hawaii  and even then, some people still didn’t believe him.

SANTA MONICA, CA - APRIL 15: A demonstrator questions the citizenship of President Obama at an American Family Association (AFA)-sponsored T.E.A. (Taxed Enough Already) Party to protest taxes and economic stimulus spending on the last day to file state and federal income tax returns, April 15, 2009 in Santa Monica, California. The protesters say that taxes and government spending are too high while the Obama administration contends that it is lowering taxes for 95 percent of the population and using stimulus money to save the nation from economic collapse. Several T.E.A. or Tea Party rallies are being held in southern California, a play on the name of the 1773 Boston Tea Party tax revolt in which disgruntled Americans rebelled against British colonial taxation. The American Family Association is a conservative Christian political activist group focusing on what it views as negative liberal influences of television, abortion rights, gay rights, pornography, and premarital sex. The group also owns 180 American Family Radio stations in 28 states. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA – APRIL 15: A demonstrator questions the citizenship of President Obama at an American Family Association (AFA)-sponsored T.E.A. (Taxed Enough Already) Party to protest taxes and economic stimulus spending on the last day to file state and federal income tax returns, April 15, 2009, in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 25: Members of the Tea Party movement protest outside of the Fairmont Hotel before U.S. President Barack Obama arrives for a fundraiser May 25, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Hundreds of protestors from different political groups staged the demonstration at a campaign fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA). (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO – MAY 25: Members of the Tea Party movement protest outside of the Fairmont Hotel before U.S. President Barack Obama arrives for a fundraiser May 25, 2010, in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

2. Obamacare was reduced to ‘Death Panels.’ While criticism of any new policy might be valid, some opponents of the Affordable Care Act were hysterical in their protests. They even claimed “death panels” would be used to describe the program’s administration, a claim which has since been debunked.

SAN FRANCISCO - AUGUST 14: Protestors hold signs during an anti-health care reform rally August 14, 2009 in San Francisco, California. As the national debate over proposed health care reform bill continues to heat up, hundreds of demonstrators who oppose health care reform held a rally in downtown San Francisco. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO – AUGUST 14: Protestors hold signs during an anti-health care reform rally August 14, 2009 in San Francisco, California. As the national debate over proposed health care reform bill continues to heat up, hundreds of demonstrators who oppose health care reform held a rally in downtown San Francisco. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

3. He was called an outright liar. In 2009, one of the most infamous incidents of disrespect occurred while President Obama delivered a speech about health care to Congress. Rep. Joe Wilson shouted out for all to hear, “You lie!!”

It was just one example of many times people referred to Obama as a liar, no matter what he said and did.

WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 12: Protesters gather and hold signs during the Tea Party Express rally on September 12, 2009 in Washington, DC. Thousands of protesters gathered in Washington to march to the Capitol Hill to protest high spending, higher taxes and the growth of the federal government. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON – SEPTEMBER 12: Protesters gather and hold signs during the Tea Party Express rally on September 12, 2009, in Washington, DC. Thousands of protesters gathered in Washington to march to the Capitol Hill to protest high spending, higher taxes and the growth of the federal government. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - APRIL 15: Demonstrators participate in a Tea Party protest at the Federal Building Plaza April 15, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. Tea Party protests calling for an end to corporate bailouts and excess government spending were held in cities nationwide today, the day American citizens must file their annual income taxes with the federal government (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO – APRIL 15: Demonstrators participate in a Tea Party protest at the Federal Building Plaza April 15, 2009, in Chicago, Illinois. Tea Party protests calling for an end to corporate bailouts and excess government spending were held in cities nationwide on the day American citizens must file their annual income taxes with the federal government (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
DENVER - APRIL 15: Conservative demonstrators attend a "Tax Day Tea Party" protest on April 15, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. Tea Party groups held anti-government protests nationwide on the day when Americans must file their income tax returns. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
DENVER – APRIL 15: Conservative demonstrators attend a “Tax Day Tea Party” protest on April 15, 2010, in Denver, Colorado. Tea Party groups held anti-government protests nationwide on the day when Americans must file their income tax returns. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

4. His Christianity was questioned, mocked. It made no difference that President Obama espoused Christian philosophies or was married in a Christian church.

His critics insisted that the president secretly practiced Islam, and in a 2012 poll, the Pew Research Center found 17 percent of Americans and 1/3 of conservative Republicans believed Obama was a Muslim.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: An Obamacare supporter counter protests a Tea Party rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in the morning hours of March 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court continued to hear oral arguments on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 27: An Obamacare supporter counter protests a Tea Party rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in the morning hours of March 27, 2012, in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court continued to hear oral arguments on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 16: Tea Party members rally to protest President Barack Obama's proposed "Buffett rule" tax plan on April 16, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The tax plan, which will be voted on today, would impose a minimum tax on wealthy Americans. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 16: Tea Party members rally to protest President Barack Obama’s proposed “Buffett rule” tax plan on April 16, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois. The tax plan would impose a minimum tax on wealthy Americans. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

5. His wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, was also disrespected. Despite being one of the most educated First Ladies in history and overcoming incredible odds to build her professional career, critics ripped Michelle Obama for everything from her clothes to her facial expressions.

The disrespect has continued even in 2016, where an elected official referred to FLOTUS as an “ape in heels.” Despite the hate, FLOTUS has stayed classy and a partner to President Obama through thick and thin.

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