Understandably, there is a lot of focus on Trump and his awfulness right now. But let’s not forget that Mike Pence is also a cretin, and given Trump’s unpresidented inexperience, Pence is likely to have even more power than, say, Cheney did in the Bush years.
That’s why protests have to focus not just on Trump, but on the entire wretched right wing and their horrific, coldblooded agenda. We can build coalitions and organize if we focus on everything they are doing that is detrimental. If you need to convince family members or determine the best ways to resist for yourself, this viral article will show you the way.
And now ThinkProgress reports that Pence has announced that both he and Trump will rescind the Obama administration’s guidance protecting transgender students from discrimination. Pence explains that both he and Donald Trump believe that concerns about which bathrooms transgender students should use can be “resolved” at the local level.
He added that children’s “safety” and “privacy” should be priorities in these decisions — dogwhistle terms referring to the myth that trans students are somehow a threat to other students and should be kept out of restrooms that match their gender identity.
“Washington has no business intruding on the operation of our local schools,” Pence insists. Of course, this is coming from a guy who probably doesn’t have much good to say about schools at all! If you are unwilling to resist now, I don’t know what will convince you. Will you stand up for vulnerable Americans and take this grassroots call to action?