In the lead-up to the November election, polls indicated that Americans were not happy about the options they'd been given. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton set records for their abysmal approval ratings; some voters felt it was a matter of choosing the lesser of two evils. Enthusiasm hit basement-level low. But it seems that the move from candidate Trump to President Trump has ignited a grassroots activism for a growing number of Americans. Indeed, since his swearing-in on Jan. 20, Trump has single-handedly set off a wave of protests and solidarity movements across the nation.
It seems that Trump himself is as gifted at mobilizing liberals as the 2016 candidacy of Bernie Sanders. Perhaps Trump will one day even match the sweeping engagement for Democrats brought on by the revelation of 2008's then-Sen. Barrack Obama. As the past four weeks have demonstrated, the current POTUS has an extraordinary ability to bring people together, united against... him, and his policies.
The diverse range of opposition to Trump — both in terms of the people he brings together and the span of ideas they reject — strikes this writer as somewhat staggering. It isn't just opposition to government spending and Obamacare, or a fierce disapproval of the Iraq War. It's widespread disapproval of Trump in toto. These are just a few of the ways people have come together during the first four weeks of Trump's presidency.