There are a number of weird revelations in the much-discussed recent New York Times article detailing what the chaotic first two weeks of the Trump regime looked like from the inside — the weirdest revelation perhaps being that when night falls new White House staffers literally “confer in the dark because they cannot figure out how to operate the light switches in the cabinet room.”
But it turns out they’re not the only ones having trouble settling into the White House. Trump apparently spends most evenings alone, puttering about in his bathrobe, watching TV and stewing about the unexpected opposition he’s facing from regular citizens like you and me.
Usually around 6:30 p.m., Mr. Trump retires upstairs to the residence to recharge, vent and intermittently use Twitter. With his wife, Melania, and young son, Barron, staying in New York, he is almost always by himself … When Mr. Trump is not watching television in his bathrobe or on his phone reaching out to old campaign hands and advisers, he will sometimes set off to explore the unfamiliar surroundings of his new home. …
Cloistered in the White House, he now has little access to his fans and supporters — an important source of feedback and validation — and feels increasingly pinched by the pressures of the job and the constant presence of protests, one of the reasons he was forced to scrap a planned trip to Milwaukee last week.
In other words, #TheResistance isn’t futile. Far from it. It’s pinching Trump, frustrating Republicans, and pushing Democrats to start to mount a real fightback.
If you need more proof, check out these recent segments from the Rachel Maddow show.
So give yourself a hand for all the resisting you’ve done so far — and keep it up!
So what’s on the menu today?
For some of you, one last call to oppose Betsy DeVos — and get one more Republican senator to pledge to vote against her. Here’s the relevant info, pasted in from the latest Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience.
If you live in the states below, call today:
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) 202-224-4521, 602-840-1891 or 520-575-8633
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) (202) 224-6521 or (785) 628-6401
Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) (202) 224-6551 or (402) 441-4600
Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) (202) 224-6244 or (702) 388-6605
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) (202) 224-4254 or (814) 453-3010
Sen. Shelley Capito (R-WV) (202) 224-6472 or 304-347-5372
Script: Hi! I’m a constituent in _ZIP code_. I am calling to ask _senator_ to vote no on Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. (If you have a child in school, explain how they would be affected.)
If you don’t live in one of those states, 5calls.org has more suggestions for calls you can make.
The Action Checklist has another good suggestion. I highlighted it yesterday but here it is again:
Support bill to remove Steve Bannon from the Nat. Security Council (source).
Call: Your congresswo/man (lookup).
Script: Hi! I’m a constituent from _ZIP code_ and am concerned about Steve Bannon’s role on the National Security Council. I would like _Rep. Name_ to support Rep. Stephanie Murphy’s bill to remove him from this role. Can you tell me his/her position on this?
Note: Contrary to circulating memes, Bannon does not require senate vote as an “invitee” to council (source).
See my posts here and here for information and advice on how to make your calls and emails effective. If making these sorts of calls is tough for you, here’s some advice on calling politicians if you have social anxiety.