A citizens guide to resisting Trump

We’re not OK with this.

Unify

Our country is uniting around a common enemy — Trump. Any and every American can fight Trump’s agenda every day. That means phone calls, marching, organizing, and getting locally involved. Trump’s biggest fear is that we as a nation will join forces, unite, and reject his hateful agenda.

Focus on Trump

The problem starts at the top. It’s easy to express disgust of Trump’s henchmen and surrogates, but we need, as a nation, to unify around keeping Trump accountable for his words and actions. Call out his lies. Call out his hypocrisy. Call him out when he dangerously undermines American principles. Never relent.

Respect Trump’s supporters

Trump’s base is angry. It’s tempting to engage them in debate. Remember that there is nothing they hate more than being told they are wrong, uneducated, crazy, or racist. Just don’t do it. Don’t talk down to them. Don’t condescend to them. Don’t judge them.

Fight for American principles

Trump’s biggest offense is repeatedly attacking fundamental American values. Don’t confuse this fight with Democrats complaining about the the right, or even the alt-right. We will rip-and-replace Trump because we are democracy-loving Americans who reject an authoritarian highjacking of our government.

Avoid false equivalence arguments

It’s unproductive to engage in arguments that compare Trump to Obama. A few examples include common arguments like

  • ‘We put up with Obama, now you have to put up with Trump’
  • ‘Respect your president or get out. Show respect’
  • ‘Give him a chance, he’ll stop tweeting and become presidential soon’
  • ‘This is what America voted for. It’s a mandate.’
  • ‘Liberals are snowflakes that don’t work hard’
  • ‘Hillary would have been worse’

Let the election go

The election was a fascinating turn of historical events worthy of potentially hundreds of books and documentaries: Russian tampering, FBI tampering, voter suppression, a witch hunt for Hillary’s emails, etc. But let someone else write these books. Just let it go, it’s in the past. There’s a much more pressing issue: There’s an incompetent liar with ties to Russia holding the presidency. We are the anti-Trump nation.

Don’t wait for new Democratic leadership

Who will lead us through this progressive movement? Spoiler alert, it’s all of us. There is no one face of the progressive resistance. And there’s no time to stop and wait for an ideal leader to emerge.

Focus on jobs

If we weren’t lodged deep in a constitutional crisis and dealing with a potentially treasonous president, we’d be focusing on more important issues like infrastructure and job growth.

What IS the future of jobs in America?

The #MAGA tagline implies a nostalgic “bring back the glory days” line of thinking. Bring back coal mining and manufacturing jobs. Push out immigrants who are stealing our high paying jobs. Punish American companies who abandon American workers.

What is the future of work?

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