Over the past couple of years, I've come to depend on my home as a source of income. I'm a freelance journalist, and renting out my basement (and, sometimes, my entire house) on sites such as Airbnb alleviates a lot of pressure.
For people like me, Inauguration Week can be lucrative. During busy tourist seasons, most hosts charge two to four times more per night than usual. I could make thousands of dollars -- a windfall.
But I'm no longer planning to rent out my home then. Because I don't want to bring a certain kind of Donald Trump supporter into my neighborhood. Of course, I believe those coming to D.C. to celebrate Trump's victory have every right to do so. They had every right to vote for him, and every right to free speech. This isn't about being a sore loser. It's about fear.
I am concerned about renting to the wrong kind of Trump celebrant, the kind of Trump supporter for whom hate trumps decency. The type who would rip off a Muslim woman's headscarf, spray a swastika with the message "Make America white again," or write "#go back to Africa" and "Whites only" on a high school bathroom door.