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This Week Was Another Reminder for The Resistance: Never Underestimate Trump

This Week Was Another Reminder for The Resistance: Never Underestimate Trump

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The Resistance this week: If Langston Hughes were alive today, he would tell Trump, "Let America Be America Again." 


Many on the left remained hopeful that Electoral College members would defect from supporting President-elect Donald Trump. But instead it was Hillary Clinton who had more defectors. There were a record seven "faithless electors" this year, five from Clinton and two from Trump, with the total surpassing the previous record of six, set in 1808. There hasn't been more than one defector in an election since 1832.

In a way, it's not surprising. Isn't that what happened throughout the election cycle? Everyone thought one thing would happen, but it was always the opposite. There's no way Trump will win, everyone (except Trump supporters) told themselves. They said that about the primaries and then the general election. And now, here we are, facing the inauguration of our reality TV show president.

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So what's happening in The Resistance this week?

DAY 38: Trump Was Supposed to Have a Press Conference Today About His Conflicts of Interest
(But it was cancelled...)

* Vanity Fair argues that there already are sufficient grounds to impeach Trump, before he even takes office. (Vanity Fair)

* The cover of Harper's depicted Trump behind bars. "Make America Great Again," read the cover. "And Stop Trump Before He Starts." (Harper's)

* Several groups that are planning protests around the time of Trump's inauguration are growing frustrated because they aren't being granted permits. (NPR)

DAY 39: Are People Noticing What's Happening in North Carolina?
(It's setting a scary precedent for democracy.)

* While many in the country fear what Donald Trump will do to American democracy, the Republican governor of North Carolina has already taken steps to limit the power of his Democratic successor. (The New York Times)

* I wrote about the gay black poet Langston Hughes and his poem "Let America Be America Again" in response to Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign message. (The Advocate)

* The New Yorker wrote about ways to oppose Trump: Support independent journalism, support local initiatives, and get engaged on a personal level. (The New Yorker)

THE WEEKEND: DAY 40 & 41: Saturday Night Live Goes Against Trump Once Again
(It called him a "gift" to Putin.)

* Around 2,000 protesters demonstrated in Los Angeles the day before Electoral College members gathered to make their votes. (Reuters)

* Watch the Saturday Night Live clip for yourself here. (YouTube)

* Kate McKinnon portrayed Hillary Clinton visiting the home of an electoral voter in hopes of convincing her, a la Love Actually, to vote against Trump. (YouTube)

DAY 42: The Electoral College Voted to Formally Elect Trump
(While Hillary Clinton's lead in the popular vote continues to grow.)

* Anti-Trump groups protested in all 50 states Monday, hoping they could change the minds of electoral voters. (Mic)

* Lest we forget, New York Times columnist Charles Blow reminds us once again: "This Is Not Normal." (The New York Times)

* The Washington Post created a Google Chrome extension that will fact-check Trump's tweets for you. If only there was a fact-checker following Trump around all the time. (The Washington Post)

DAY 43: A New Day, A New Twitter Fight for the President-Elect
(This time it's against former President Bill Clinton.)

* Activists are setting up a "movement house" in D.C. where they plan to have a permanent base to organize and protest against Trump. (The Guardian)

* Actor Tom Arnold claims he has a tape of Trump saying "every racist thing ever," but he is afraid to release it. (The Guardian)

* Out Apple CEO Tim Cook was one of the Silicon Valley leaders who met with Trump during a tech summit. He explained why during a Q&A with employees. (The Guardian)

DAY 44: Trump Reiterated Today That He Still Plans to Create a Muslim Registry
(He was asked about it in response to the Berlin attack.)

* George Takei, the gay Star Trek actor, wrote a commentary for us titled "Welcome to the Resistance." Welcome, George. (The Advocate)

* Gays Against Guns formed in response to the Orlando shooting in June. The gun prevention group is now taking on Trump using satirical Christmas carols. (The Village Voice)

* Artists are taking on Trump in a special anthology of art by LGBT people and women. It's called Resist! (The Cut)

It's OK to Laugh
(Don't let Trump take that away too.)

No one would have ever thought that Glenn Beck would be making an appearance on Samantha Bee's show and that they would be wearing Christmas sweaters and agreeing with each other about how Trumpism must be stopped, but here we are.

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Yezmin Villarreal

Yezmin Villarreal is the former news editor for The Advocate. Her work has also appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Mic, LA Weekly, Out Magazine and The Fader.
Yezmin Villarreal is the former news editor for The Advocate. Her work has also appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Mic, LA Weekly, Out Magazine and The Fader.