On January 21st, women and allies all across the world marched to express their fears of a Trump presidency, their rage at his comments about women, and their determination to work together to resist his policies.
The St. John’s march may not have proceeded as planned, but as a participant noted, feminists are a hard force to stop. Shut down by a blizzard, the local demonstration took to the web instead of the streets, and the protest went ahead as an interactive, online event, with all speakers delivering their messages through Facebook Live.
Smaller even than the Antarctica protest, roughly 20 people braved the storm to gather at Rocket Bakery. Kelly Mansell, Rocket co-owner, set up speakers on the street so that those who had been denied by weather the chance to march could at least dance in solidarity. Some watched related events on a laptop in the bakery afterwards, others discussed how they felt on this day.
Women are not the only ones who need to be concerned about Trump. Within the first day of his presidency, he had erased all mention of climate change from the White House website, save for one. “President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule,” the site states. The Climate Action Plan was put in place by the Obama administration to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change.
Also deleted from the website was the LGBTQ page, which now redirects to a page encouraging viewers to subscribe to updates from Trump. A page on civil rights has been removed and redirects to a page entitled “Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community.” Major media outlets such as People magazine are already reporting on questionable statistics found therein.
While the US is no stranger to putting celebrities in political office, this latest turn should have all very concerned, who do not want the political life of the superpower that is our closest neighbour to become the latest installment of an already repugnant reality show.
To quote Hillary Clinton, “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”