“At the beginning, when this was the seat of power between the election and the inauguration, it felt subversive to stand here and hold a book. (…) It still feels like contested space. But now, instead of protesters, it’s occupied by Secret Service and law enforcement.”

Jeff Bergman, who stages readings in the public spaces of Trump Tower as a form of protest against Donald Trump.

Until now, the Republican Party has mainly drawn its leadership from the secular right. The Christian right has been a powerful presence during the past few decades, but mainly at the local and state level. And it has distanced itself from the xenophobic right, at least publicly. Trump is changing all of that.

Understanding Trumpism by Arlene Stein

A Delightful Close Reading of a Terrible Trump Poem

Emily Temple takes apart a horrible inaugural poem for Donald Trump written by Jospeh Charles MacKenzie. It really is terrible, faux-classical, Scottish-themed drivel, based on rhyming couplets, heavy handed metaphors, and railing against Trump’s (and the alt-right’s) perceived enemies. Take this stanza for example: 

Whilst hapless old harridans flapping their traps
Teach women to look and behave like us chaps,

The Domhnall defends the defenseless forlorn;
For, a woman’s first right is the right to be born.

Now the bonnie young lassies that fly to the crowd
Have a champion in Domhnall, the best of MacLeod!

The last line is a “refrain at the end of each stanza […] to be recited by the Inaugural crowd.” Ugh.    

Now, I can’t help but feel that the 52 percent of my fellow Ohioans who voted for Trump want my family and me out. I look at my neighborhood and this is all I can think. Because it’s predominantly white and upper-middle class, it likely leaned even more toward Trump. This is what that “silent majority,” which Trump named as his fan base, has been clamoring for: The right to screen and assess us. The right to deport us en masse. America has been yearning for a past that was as white as fresh snow before our muddy brown boots stomped through it. The country has been telling us this all along. We just didn’t want to hear it.

Muslims Have No Place In Donald Trump’s America : Code Switch : NPR 

Beenish Ahmed on Trump’s victory and the legitimization of explicit racism and islamophobia.

But today I do not care about being a phoenix. I care about witnessing again the abusive relationship I have with my country and its democracy. Today, it feels like flags should be flying at half-staff. Not because democracy is dead, but because it is broken, and we have all watched it break and we have not done enough to keep it alive in a way that ensures an inclusive future.

My pals at 7Days2Vote have been putting out a really interesting, insightful series of interviews with US voters over the last week. The last one is coming out this evening (CET) and around noon (EST) You can find all (English language) interviews

on youtube, facebook, and on their blog, which also includes more info on their 2 week roadtrip.