Since Hillary Clinton’s loss in one of the most unanticipated presidential campaigns in recent memory, Democratic politicians, staffers, and activists are buckling down to resist the Trump administration and Republican Congress.
The Democratic National Committee is putting together a new communications and research operation, which will literally serve as a war room to combat President Trump’s most egregious policies and work to coerce the administration on policy matters.
The new outfit will be staffed by former Clinton aides. The main objectives of the operation are to shed light on Trump’s business conflicts while in office as well as investigate Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.
The organization is just one of several democratic party efforts focused on combatting Trump and the Republicans.
The Center for American Progress is reorganizing
with a renewed focus on President Trump with its “Resist” campaign. The organization is preparing to fight for economic and social justice, and lend a voice to empower minority groups while rejecting Trump’s radical agenda, and policies that undermine minorities.
Neera Tanden, a longtime Clinton confidant and president and CEO of the Center for American Progress has said that the group will be laying the foundation to help democratic candidates run for office.
“The launch of our new Resist campaign will stand firmly to respond against the excesses of the Trump administration. His Cabinet picks so far make his rhetoric to drain the swamp at best hollow and at worst a betrayal,” Tanden said in a statement .
American Bridge, the Super PAC that is committed to supporting Democratic candidates and holding Republicans accountable, is already working hard to take down Trump’s cabinet nominees by sharing information on nominees’ past statements, tax information, voting documents, and business connections with key senators. This becomes important this week as the Senate holds confirmations hearings for Trump’s cabinet picks.
Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is also gearing up to hold the Republican Congress and the Trump administration accountable, as Schumer made clear in his first speech to the 115th Congress.
While “resist” may be the new watchword of Democrats in Congress and well-established political groups, none of this will gather steam if people don’t step up and keep their politicians accountable.
As the minority party, Democrats are going to have a hard time resisting the Republican agenda in the Senate and House. The only way to make sure they don’t take their foot off the gas is to make our voices heard. Go to protests, call your Congress member, take a stand.
Clinton may have lost the presidential election, but Democrats need to embrace her campaign slogan: we’re stronger together and the next four years are going to be really tough unless we work together.