250 Million Americans Did Not Vote for Trump.
Tina Dupuy

Who’s “we”? I hate to say that, but the majority are those not protesting.

There are some problems with this approach:

  1. The “us” vs “them” language. Partisanship instead of “concerned people”. Is this alliance based on who people voted for? It’s kind of dysfunctional. There are Republicans who didn’t vote for Trump and those (Republicans and Democrats) who voted for him ignorantly. Some are not happy with the travel ban calling it a “mistake”. Should they be convinced that it’s a horrible mistake or pushed away, so they can excuse it and side with Trump for the sake of it? It’s important how the movement is seen by the majority, whether they see it as “we have a problem with Trump’s executive orders” or “those liberals are not happy”.
  2. Protests are energy consuming and could eventually wear out. What else is out there? I would hate to see the movement as a version of alt-left, my way or the highway, no compromise, you have to agree to our ideology and a laundry list of issues or you’re an enemy. Allies are people with a common goal which can perfectly disagree on everything else and can compromise. Diversity is important! I’m having trouble with local groups because they are not created inclusive and lack focus. Like everything is a women’s group either explicitly or is heavily focused on women’s issues and feminism (with very low men’s participation). Even knitting! I’m a skilled knitter but not into joining a knitting club right now. It’s not like women’s issues are not important, but last time I checked there is no any imminent danger for US women (similar to the travel ban). If I liked jumping into conclusions right away, I would say it’s an intentional distraction. At the same time, many immigrants are excluded from the conversation because they are not voters.
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