With Donald Trump poised to win a second term in office, Vice News spoke to some of America’s most prominent activists about how they will resist his rule, what they fear and what they’re doing to fight.
Bethany Johnson, co-founder of the anti-Trump Resistance movement: I’m a lifelong liberal, but I’m not a fan of Trump.
I’m the kind of person who thinks we should be fighting against the state, but not the state against us.
I think the state has the right to be a defender of the commons and of the rights of people to speak and to assemble.
I don’t think we should take advantage of the state to be more aggressive in the war against the people.
My message is simple: Resist Trump.
If you do, you’re not going to get anywhere.
Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate: I am a socialist.
I am pro-prison, pro-war, pro–people-power, prodemocracy.
I believe in democratic socialism.
My mission is to bring together the people in the streets, to build up the people’s movement.
I do believe that our democratic government can be effective at bringing people together.
The most powerful force for social change, I believe, is the mass movement.
Elizabeth Warren, co–founder of Common Sense Policy Institute: I have no illusions that Donald Trump will succeed in the presidency.
My goal is to help keep the power of the people from slipping into the hands of the powerful.
I’ve always been very supportive of the Democratic Party and I am proud to have been part of the grassroots organizing that helped elect Barack Obama.
I want to be part of a resistance that fights to end the Trump administration.
I will not let this happen, and if I can’t fight to stop the next president, I will be fighting the next two.
Elizabeth Nash, co‐founder of Grassroots Organizing Network: Trump is the first president in US history to appoint his own Cabinet, so he has a lot of power over the agencies he oversees.
His Cabinet has a great deal of control over our lives, our environment, our health care, our food, our jobs, our infrastructure.
I have worked in this space for over 30 years and have never seen anything like it.
The fact that we’re seeing so many of these people in his Cabinet has me terrified.
I would like to say that we are fighting for the future of the country, but in reality, the only way to save this country from a Trump presidency is to take it back from him.