While dissent among federal workers isn’t unique to the Trump era—many foreign diplomats also used the State Department dissent cable to share a letter deriding American policy in Syria during the Obama administration—the scope of the resistance, less than a fortnight into the Trump presidency, is unprecedented. When asked how the opposition emerging at this stage compares to past administrations, Tom Malinowski, who served as Obama’s assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, sarcastically told the Post, “Is it unusual? . . . There’s nothing unusual about the entire national security bureaucracy of the United States feeling like their commander in chief is a threat to U.S. national security. That happens all the time. It’s totally usual. Nothing to worry about.”
What's your advice for activists in this situation?I'd just say keep your eyes on the prize. My ex-husband, before he spent time in prison for draft resistance, gave these amazing speeches. He said, "If there's one difference you could make in the world ... if we all cared, our lives would change." I sing that song "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," and it ends with "coming to carry me," "carry you" and "carry us," and I say, "even Donald." Because he is a human being and I would fight for his right to not be executed, if it came down to that. He's a human, he's just all screwed up. ... But he has a knack, and it's vicious and it's horrible. He doesn't care about anything but himself and money and power. We're in for a bumpy ride, which has already started.
The new president’s allies say he has been surprised that government can’t be run like his business.