Why Aren't the Democrats Doing More to Support the Burgeoning Trump Resistance Movement?

Sen. Claire McCaskill questions Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Donald Trump's pick to be next director of the Office of Management and Budget, at his conformation hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC, on January 24, 2017. McCaskill is one of several Democratic players who voiced willingness to work with the Trump administration, which their own constituents have expressed vocal dissent toward. (Photo: Stephen Crowley / The New York Times)Sen. Claire McCaskill questions Rep. Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s pick to be next director of the Office of Management and Budget, at his conformation hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC, on January 24, 2017. Senator McCaskill is one of several Democratic players who voiced willingness to work with the Trump administration, which their own constituents have expressed vocal dissent toward. (Photo: Stephen Crowley / The New York Times)

In the roughly two weeks since Donald Trump took the White House, millions of people across the United States and the world have descended upon streets, parksairports and embassies to protest an administration that is aggressively implementing its fascist, white supremacist campaign platform. Stunning numbers have shown they are willing to risk detention or deportation from local, state and federal law enforcement in order to fight back against the onslaught. And yet the Democratic Party has shown a dispiriting willingness to work with, and even acquiesce to, the Trump administration.

“The airport is a place where people generally feel surveilled and don’t feel they can show any resistance against the state,” Lara Kiswani, the executive director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center, told AlterNet of the San Francisco International Airport protest and shutdown. “It was a pretty remarkable experience taking over SFO with so many black and brown people and families. People took care of each other, and people who are more vulnerable stuck it out and were not afraid. Almost everyone is impacted by Trump, his executive orders and entire administration. They are ready to challenge the state head-on and show force and resilience in ways we haven’t seen before.”

This outpouring, which shows no sign of letting up, has exposed a gulf between the public and key Democratic senators, even those who call themselves “progressives.” The gap widened this week when…

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