"You're fired!" It's one of Donald Trump's catchphrases — perhaps the most notable — but now the tables are turned, with the Ides of Trump campaign looking to fire the Donald himself. What is the Ides of Trump, you're asking? Well, it involves postcards. Lots and lots of postcards.
On Tuesday, Stephanie Grossman — no stranger to hosting political parties — opened her door to the public for a campaign unlike any other she's seen. In nearly 12 hours, hundreds of people visited to fill out over 3,000 postcards, in what's now known as the Ides of Trump. The purpose? To let President Trump know that he's no longer needed in this position.
Postcards were written in the name of every issue under the sun, from affordable healthcare and a woman's right to choose, to the release of his taxes and his relationship with Russia. In a telephone interview, Grossman told the Mercury News, "If we really do bury the White House in post cards, I think that sends a message that people are really concerned. I think it gives the people who want to do something an avenue."
If the Ides of Trump sounds familiar, you're probably thinking of the Ides of March. The Ides of March also occurs today, March 15, and can be traced back to ancient times. "Ides" has been used to refer to the first full moon of a month, which often happened on the 15th, on the ancient Roman calendar. In 44 BC, Roman ruler Julius Caesar was warned that he would meet his demise on the Ides of March — but he didn't listen. He was later stabbed to death. Civil war broke out, and the Ides of March has had a dark reputation since.
While there is a connection between the gruesome Ides of March and the Ides of Trump, Ted Sullivan (one of the organizers) clarified to the Huffington Post that they are totally against any violent acts or messages. Rather, the reference is "meant to be snarky, poking fun at what seems to be an American Caesar."
In fact, it's written right on the website. The people behind the Ides of Trump say that we must follow one rule: No violence, or threats or insinuations of violence. This is important. This administration's foundation is built largely on hate; and we can't successfully counter that with more hate.
The Ides of Trump won't be the first time a large number of people banded together under one cause — and it's proven successful in the past. The record-breaking turnout to the Women's March on Washington, in addition to the recent Day Without a Woman strike, prove that there is power in numbers. Flooding the White House with postcards is a peaceful way to get the point across: That we feel this administration does not have our best interests at heart, and we're not taking it laying down.
Participating in the Ides of Trump is easy. First write a postcard (or write a bunch if you like). Make sure to include #TheIdes or #TheIdesOfTrump on it somewhere. Take a picture of your card and share it on your social media, including those same tags in your post. Then, stamp it and stick it in the mail. Here's the mailing address the campaign says to use:
The President (for now)
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Today — March 15 — is the day to get these bad boys in the mail, so that they all start arriving around the same time — although there are going to be future campaigns as well.
Get to your mailbox pronto, people!