Rise of the Trump resistance movement
From pink-hatted protesters to big town hall turnout, the anti-Trump resistance has been in full swing since January's inauguration. The left is taking a page out of the Tea Party playbook, and building the resistance from the grassroots up.
Why it matters: We saw a similar rise on the right in 2009-2010 shortly after Obama was inaugurated, and a huge number of Republican lawmakers were voted into office. That movement shook up US politics and changed the face of the Republican Party, and we could see similar aftershocks here.
- Since January, the DCCC has raised a record breaking $31 million.
- The most engaged partisan Facebook pages belong to left-leaning and Trump resistance groups. These pages are outperforming popular news competitors in overall engagement.
- Anti-Trump sites launched across the web -- some with prominent names behind them, such as 'Crooked Media,' by former Obama staffers and 'Resistance Calendar,' by filmmaker Michael Moore.
- Cell phone apps and internet start ups that send daily text messages about getting involved have emerged with hundreds of thousands of followers.
- Former politicians are getting involved. Barbara Boxer's Fight Back PAC is establishing itself against Trump's agenda but also as a movement to win votes for progressives.
- Trump's disapproval rating is on the rise: 57% - Quinnipiac, 55% - Gallup Daily Tracker, 52% - Economist/YouGov, 49% - Marist
- Congressional town halls and protests have been flooded with angry voices over what has been dubbed the 'resistance recess.' The movement was loud enough to get a response via twitter from President Trump.
- Activism among liberal democrats is on the rise:47% of liberal Dems report say they've gotten involved in the last past two months, compared to 23% of all adults.Liberal Dems, more than any other group, anticipate taking part in activism in the next two years
- The Women's March on Washington had nearly 600 reported marches across the country, roughly 500,000 protesters at each, and rallies in 100 cities across the globe.
- A day without immigrants and women closed businesses, emptied offices, and brought nationwide rallies.
- The tax march saw rallies across 150 cities nationwide, with the support of roughly 70 organizations.
- Olivia Wilde: "Stop telling me to 'get over it.' Get UNDER it. He works for US. The democratic process is constant. Stay informed, stay engaged, speak up."
- Alicia Keys: ".@realDonaldTrump Americans are all colors, faiths, cultures & genders. We have voices. We refuse fear. We believe in the Dream. #WeAreHere"
- Mahershala Ali at the SAG Awards: "[W]hen we get caught up in the minutiae and the details that make us all different, I think there's two ways of seeing that. There's the opportunity to see the texture of that person...then there's an opportunity to go to war about it"
- Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes: "It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back."
- Jimmy Kimmel at the Oscars: "Now it's time for something that is very rare today: a president that believes in both arts and sciences."
- Killer Mike, in an interview with Snapchat's Peter Hamby: "Artists, musicians, I think it is just naturally in us to exude a form of protest...you have to take that out into the world."