I saw friends. I went to an occasional movie. Now all I do is order t-shirts for the resistance. Resisting takes a full wardrobe. I have gotten non-stop deliveries to my doorstep. “Is it the Planned Parenthood scarf or the I Stand with Immigrants brooch?” I wonder with anticipation as I rip open the package.
That dissent trunk I ordered for storing my protest gear no longer suffices. I will soon need a walk-in closet, organized by categories. That way I can just pull out the appropriate paraphernalia for each march. “Give me the Black Lives Matter hanger,” I’ll say, and be good to go.
I thought my coffer was finally full. And then the “She Persisted” rallying cry took off. “Oh no! I need another t-shirt!” I said as I raced to the laptop to shop. Thank goodness people online have this down to a science. From Elizabeth Warren being silenced on the Senate floor, to Mitch McConnell making his remarks about why— “She was warned, she was given an explanation, nevertheless, she persisted”—it took perhaps five minutes for the saying to be turned into feminist memes on Twitter, and 10 minutes for the t-shirts to become available.
It’s not just my closet; my calendar is more full than ever. I tell people, “I can’t see you. I’m too busy. There’s the Jews for Refugees rally at noon. Then there’s the anti-Trump walkout when I go on strike from not working. From 6 to 8 p.m. I post links on Facebook. (And somehow, I must squeeze in watching Rachel Maddow and Joy Reid on MSNBC to get more links.) The rest of the night is devoted to yelling at Bernie or Busters on Twitter. That last one’s every night.”
Many of the marches I have attended have been blessed with gorgeous days, even in mid-winter. I hate global warming, but I must say, it has been timed perfectly for these rallies. I can make my voice heard and enjoy the weather at the same time.
I have gone to rallies in the “coastal elite” cities of Washington, D.C., and New York. But I am especially grateful for the many showing up at rallies and Town Halls across the country. Their passion is extraordinary. And there is no doubt that their representatives deserve to be confronted. If there was a cable channel that only showed Rep. Jason Chaffetz being screamed at non-stop by constituents, I would buy a subscription. Networks should show hours of Town Hall highlights. They would see their ratings go through the roof.
Of course, Trump has leveled ridiculous accusations about the protesters. He has tweeted that these Town Hall protests are organized by “liberal activists.” Ooh, scandalous. Isn’t that what activists do? Activate activities. And he and other Republicans think we are all paid protesters. They are in true denial that tens of millions of Americans hate them and will gladly drop everything at a moment’s notice to express it, at our own expense.
Those protesters who are showing up in red-state America are the ones doing the heavy lifting. They are the real heroes of the resistance. Me, I’ll do what I can. And I will keep buying accessories. It’s my small way of showing unity with those really suffering under this regime—the very sick who fear losing insurance; the refugees who are denied access to the country; the undocumented immigrants who are living in terror. Thank goodness for those t-shirts. They do double service, often serving as handkerchiefs for my tears.
Hilary Schwartz is a comedian and writer based in NYC with love (and hate) for politics. She is a regular contributor to Political Storm.