Resisting Authority

Even before Donald Trump surprised America with his presidential victory, anti-Trump rhetoric was gaining momentum nationwide. Both Democrats – and even some Republicans – were eager to speak out in opposition to a Trump presidency.   

From the earliest days of campaigning, there’s been resistance to many of the ideologies embraced by Trump and to the statements that the media tycoon-turned-president has made about Mexicans, women, and Muslims.

On January 21st of this year, only one day after being sworn in as president, more than 440,000 people took to the streets of Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March. This opposition movement – which centered around human rights, women's rights, immigration reform, healthcare reform, reproductive rights, and other key issues – was also held in other U.S. cities and in destinations around the globe.

In another move in protest of the President, thousands of scientists and activists joined the April 2017 March for Science, a celebration of the significant role that science plays in our lives.  The marches were sparked by a claim that Trump made in 2012 when he referred to climate change as a hoax.  The demonstrations also marked an opposition to Mr. Trump’s vow to resume construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline and his plan to roll back the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations adopted by the Obama administration.

Just days before the July 4th holiday, large groups of Americans gathered in cities across the nation to call on Congress to impeach President Trump.  Beyond the rallies, which drew headlines and ignited even more controversy, there’s been an ongoing “Impeach Trump Now” campaign and a Facebook page that highlights “TRM” or the “Trump Resistance Movement.”