My immediate reaction to the election of Donald Trump was to observe that Kunstler said Americans would elect maniacs.* I then wandered away from the topic to write about public transportation losing in metro Detroit, good news from last week's election, and minor parties, with a brief return to the topic of Trump at the end of A final 'Hallelujah' for Leonard Cohen. During that time, other people in the region were processing Trump's victory differently, beginning with protests the next day. WXYZ has the story beginning with Donald Trump's victory sparked protests.
Donald Trump's victory sparks protests in downtown Detroit.The action continued the next day as Trump's victory sparked protest at Wayne State University campus.
After the first couple of days of protesting Trump's election, the demonstrators changed the subject from Trump to the actions of the people following him. WXYZ's More Anti-Trump protests show that pivot as people were objecting to chants of "Build that wall" at Royal Oak Middle School.
This incident hit close to my old home, as I not only lived in Royal Oak, I still work there. I used to pass Royal Oak Middle School on the way home from work at least twice a week. Also, the protest march started at my work.
Finally, even liberal Ann Arbor was not spared from supporters of Trump acting out against minorities. WXYZ has that story in Hundreds gather in support of U of M Muslim community.
A giant rally at the University of Michigan in the wake of ethnic intimidation on the campus.Good for the students at my graduate alma mater.
That written, I'm beginning to wonder what this will lead to. I expect it will look like what Charlie Pierce of Esquire describes.
There seems to be little doubt now that the Trump presidency is likely to be marked by large-scale public demonstrations. The prospective Trump presidency already is marked by large-scale public demonstrations and he hasn't done anything yet except run a chaotic transition process and sneak out for a steak.No, they're not. We are still 1968.
But whatever demonstrations occur, if Trump makes good on some of what he said he would do during the campaign, those demonstrations are not going to be limited to the streets of the big cities. And they're not going to be limited to angry college students and the Black Lives Matter movement. They're not even going to be limited to Democrats, or liberals, or any of the fantastic beasts of the Breitbartian collective imagination.
The question, of course, is how a Trump administration would respond to widespread civil disobedience and, so far, the auguries are not promising.
*I'm showing "The End of Suburbia" this week and was wondering what the students' reactions would be to this prediction. Tuesday's students were suitably freaked out. I'm looking forward to seeing if Thursday's section reacts as strongly.