Resistance Against Trump Presidency

January 27, 2017


Ever since Trump became president and with his litany of controversial executive orders, there have been strong resistance towards his leadership in various ways — the first and most prominent the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday. I’ll name some recent high-profile actions of resistance:

Actor Shia LaBeouf organized a piece of resistance against the Trump presidency by setting up a 24/7 live streaming video feed with a camera that is placed outside of the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City. Above the camera are the words “HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US.” People are encouraged to walk up to the camera and repeat the phrase for as many times, for as long as they wish. The goal is for the live streaming to continue for four years, during the entire duration of the Trump presidency. There have been a lot of people walking to the camera in support of this project — but there have been some instances of people walking up to the camera and making statements in support of neo-nazism or supporting Hitler. 

One person on Sunday walked up to the camera wearing a cap that was the same as what Nazi SS soldiers wore — and whispered “14 88” in the camera. It appears to be a code word for neo-Nazis and white supremacists — with “14” representing the “Fourteen Words” — which says, “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” The 88 is refereed to “Heil Hitler” because “H” is the 8th letter in the alphabet. Shia tried to block him from the camera and confronted him in a shouting match by yelling, “He will not divide us.” 

See this video clip.

Wow. There was a second confrontation yesterday afternoon with another person who admired Hitler. What happened — someone walked up to Shia, put his arm around him, and said, “Hitler did nothing wrong.” Immediately Shia shoves him away. The man then says, “Why did he attack me?” 

See this video clip.

After that confrontation, the streaming showed police arriving and calmly arresting Shia. Police said Shia pulled off a 25-year old man’s scarf and scratched his face — so they charged him with misdemeanor assault with harassment, but he got out shortly afterwards.

The art exhibit’s twitter account @HWNDUS tweeted this: [SHIA WAS ATTACKED BY A NAZI. 

You can watch the live streaming right now at Some have criticized the exhibit, saying it causes America to be more divided, and there have been a number of trolls who have come to the camera not to “agree or support the project” but to antagonize people who are mad about Trump. If you watch it you might catch a confrontation between a liberal and a Trump supporter. I wish there was 24/7 CART services.

Another high-profile display of resistance towards Trump was yesterday morning when seven activists from Greenpeace (environmental activist organization) climbed up a construction crane that was behind the White House and hung a huge banner with the words RESIST on it. The activists got up the crane before 5 a.m., locked the crane, climbed up, released the banner, and locked themselves to the crane. They were up there for 9 hours as police waited below — they had to block off several streets. Police said while they respect everybody’s right to protest, that this action was extremely dangerous and unlawful. The protesters finally climbed down around 10 pm and was jailed and charged with second-degree burglary, unlawful entry and destruction of property. 

And of course, there’s the serious property damage from anarchists who damaged multiple glass buildings and set a limo on fire during Trump’s inauguration day. Many of them were arrested when riot police “kettled” them — by encircling them and arresting everybody inside. That day more than 230 people were arrested and charged with felony rioting (10-year max sentence). Six journalists and some “observers” were arrested when they were in the middle of that kettle. “Kettling” is considered unconstitutional and it’s not a part of police policy, but police has defined themselves because of the circumstances. It’s sparked a class-action lawsuit against the police, saying they kettled them without warning or notice to disperse. Those who were charged with felony rioting will have to appear in court on various dates in February and March. 

Those are just some examples of the many demonstrations against Trump. Even today when Trump went to Philadelphia to visit, there were thousands of people outside holding signs to oppose Trump’s presidency. One of the videos of the protest showed an ASL interpreter standing next to a person chanting, “We are the people. We are the people.” 

Trump has been president for only six days, but this is something that will probably be a new normal in America.



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