Hillary Clinton underperformed Barack Obama by minus 290,000 votes in Pennsylvania, minus 222,000 votes in Wisconsin and a whopping minus 500,000 votes in Michigan. We don’t know how many of these voters also supported Sanders along they way, but it is highly likely that millions took that journey. Winning them back is the key to the battle for economic and social justice.
Rounding up the usual suspects?
The current resistance to Trump is truly remarkable. Not since the anti-Vietnam War and Civil Rights protests have we seen so many people in the streets ― women, Muslim ban protesters, scientists protesting in behalf of facts, people just protesting ― with more to come. Even three New England Patriots are refusing to attend their Super Bowl White House event.
These efforts may become one-off events, spurred by calls on social media. But some show organizational promise. In northern New Jersey, residents are holding large Tea Party-like town meetings to pound away on Republican Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen for his support of all things Trump. (See here.)
In doing so they are taking inspiration from the website Indivisible, where former congressional staffers have written a manual on how to drive your congressional representative up a wall. Thousands of groups across the country have tapped into this effort. But as the Indivisible manual makes clear, the effort is
“A defensive approach purely focused on stopping Trump from implementing an agenda built on racism, authoritarianism, and corruption.”