Jonathan Chait published a fascinating opinion piece in New York Magazine on Monday, presenting a compelling case that anti-Trump activists are having a real impact on Trump and his presidency. The entire post is definitely worth a read; however, the following excerpt summarizes a number of Chait’s key conclusions:
“It is worth noting that, so far, normal political countermobilization seems to be working quite well. ‘The Resistance,’ as anti-Trump activists have come to be known, has already rattled the once-complacent Republican majorities in Congress, which Trump needs to quash investigations of his corruption and opaque ties to Russia. Whatever pressure Trump has tried to apply to the news media has backfired spectacularly. His sneering contempt has inspired a wave of subscriptions that have driven new revenue to national media, which have blanketed the administration with independent coverage. Popular culture outlets, rather than responding to Trump’s election by tempering their mockery, have instead stepped it up, enraging the president.”
“[Trump’s] authoritarian rage thus far is mostly impotent, the president as angry Fox-News-watching grandfather screaming threats at his television that he never carries out. The danger to the republic may come later, or never. In the first month of Trump’s presidency, the resistance has the upper hand.”
We encourage our readers to head over to New York Magazine to read the piece in its entirety.