The Case for Vigilance
No one can possibly know what kind of a president Trump will be, but he has given us more than enough indicators that we need to prepare for the worst. Among others, he:
- Continually disparaged women, the disabled, and several minority groups, and failed to strongly rebuke hateful speech and action from his supporters
- Encouraged Russia to hack into his political opponent's private campaign communications, then
- Threatened to jail his political opponent
- Called global warming a hoax created by the Chinese government, and is prepared to back out of the most important international environmental initiative in world history
- Called for a "deportation force" to round up and deport millions of undocumented immigrants
- Restricted access to the Washington Post after it wrote critically of him, and called for increased power to prosecute media companies at his whim
- Advocated for war crimes, and spoke flippantly about the use of nuclear weapons
- Ridiculed war hero John McCain and said that he knew "more about ISIS than the generals do"
- Argued for punishments for women who receive abortions
- Surrounded himself with advisors who have a record of bigoted statements and actions
- Habitually lied throughout his campaign (one newspaper found over 550 false claims since mid-September alone)
This is not normal behavior by a president-elect, regardless of political affiliation. It as a disturbing pattern of disregard for the law, the truth, and basic human decency. The fact that he has softened his stance on some of these assertions does not give us comfort, especially in the context of his frightening advisor selections and cabinet nominations.
Our goal is to empower the general public to support the critical resources that will challenge the Trump administration from Day One. In the face of someone who has shown no respect for human, environmental, or constitutional dignity, we must be prepared for catastrophe and adjust to alternative realities as they present themselves.