Three months in, the future is totally unpredictable. But a dramatic fightback is under way. Four activists tell us how they are adapting to the new normal
Naomi Wolf, writer, political writer and cofounder of DailyClout: Trump didnt do this. You did this. Your own inaction brought us exactly here
The firstly 100 periods of President Donald Trump: how has my life changed? First of all, there are still the mourning date. Not for me, but for my fellow citizens. I was just mad. And I wasnt even maddest at the Trump voters. I understood that the crucial battle lines now are not left versus right, but the 1% neoliberal globalisers shaping off with all of the plunder and disembowelling the middle class. So when I heard awareness-raising campaigns, I knew that in the US, just as in the UK, successful candidates who said anything at all about people forgotten in the neoliberal race would have a solid chance.
No I was mad at my own leftwing tribe. All of January, people on the left would confront me with dazzled, grief-stricken express, as if they had just emerged from a multi-car pileup on a foggy roadway. How could this have happened? What the fuck is we do ? em> I couldnt even bear to participate in those conversations. Eventually I started explaining my rage to my closest friends.
I had been hollering about the possibility of this very minute for eight years, since I write a piece in the Guardian named Fascist America in ten Easy Steps and wrote a journal based on it, called The Objective of America ( 2007 ). Under George Bush Jr, the left had been very receptive to the books message about how republics are undermined by the classic tactics of would-be authoritarians.
But formerly Obama was elected one of ours I had to spend the next eight years hollering like a haunted Cassandra, to a chamber the left had abandoned. I had wailed myself hoarse for eight years under Obama about what it would mean for us to sit still while Obama mailed monotones in to take out US citizens in extrajudicial killings; what it would mean for us to sit still while he extended the 2012 National Defence Authorisation Act that let any chairperson maintain citizens for ever without charge or test; what it would mean for us to sit still while he permitted NSA surveillance, permitted Guantnamo to stay open, and allowed hyped terrorism stories to hijack the constitution and transform the US into what eventually even Robert F Kennedy Jr was calling a national protection surveillance government.