Is it just me? I keep looking for media coverage of what I think is a “yuge” story about how many people are newly minted activists in the wake of the Trump win. But the media seems to be asleep at the wheel — again.
Pieces of the puzzle have been covered, yes — the protests, the donations to Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, the increase in NYT subscriptions. But there’s something so much bigger out there that I haven’t seen covered in the press.
Here’s the thing: I personally know of dozens of people — like myself — who are, historically, politically interested, but not really activists in general, but who are now actively using words like #TheResistance and #NotMyPresident. Not 20 year olds either (no offense, 20 year olds), but middle aged professionals like me — lawyers, scientists, professors, business people, healthcare people, many of us parents. In other words, people with a lot on their plates already who are prioritizing this issue, every single day, to stay active and outraged, and to absolutely reject what Trump ran on and stands for.
The talking heads on the Sunday morning talk show I saw this week were all smug grins and normalization. I could barely stand to watch because it is increasingly clear every day that Trump is #NotNormal. For christsake, I read today that since being elected Trump has spoken to Putin twice per day — two times per freaking day! — more than to any other world leader.
I guess our journalist friends — who I generally admire tremendously — are not seeing what I’m seeing. Example: soon after the election, I joined a new private FB group for progressive lawyers; 20 days later that group has over 120,000 members! The media kinda missed white rural outrage, so we know they can be clueless. But how can they miss this level of activity and outrage and resistance? How can they miss the fact that many empowered and educated people are now getting activated in full blown opposition to Comrade Drumpf and his band of cronies and haters?
Of course, I realize there’s an echo chamber with like-minded people rallying each other on. I live in an echo chamber, too. But because I live here, I can tell you that I know my people and I have NEVER seen anything like this tidal wave of opposition from my peers and cohorts. People who have been more or less on the sidelines are now attending organizational meetings, making daily phone calls, writing letters, planning strategies — and not just for today, but for the long haul.
I’ll say this: though Trump’s election is a travesty and reflects horribly on our country, the people who are standing up to oppose him make me incredibly proud. And hopeful.