The other reason I find the “Trump is Hitler” narrative distracting is that it encapsulates many people’s fears about and strong dislike towards the Trump administration — but doesn’t actually point to any concrete action to take in response. Activism is most successful when it focuses on specific, actionable policy changes. Here’s a list of six regulatory and legislative changes that Republicans have proposed this week, via Berkeley PhD student Susanna Berkouwer. Pick one and call your Congresspeople about it today.
- Trump fires all Ambassadors and Special Envoys, ordering them out by inauguration day.
- House brings back the Holman rule allowing them to reduce an individual civil service or political appointee’s salary to $1, effectively firing them by amendment to any piece of legislation. We now know why they wanted names and positions of people in Energy and State.
- Senate schedules six simultaneous hearings on cabinet nominees and triple-books those hearings with Trump’s first press conference in months and an ACA budget vote, effectively preventing any concentrated coverage or protest.
- Trump breaks a central campaign promise to make Mexico pay for the wall by asking Congress (in other words, us, the taxpayers) to pay for it.
- Trump threatens Toyota over a new plant that was never coming to the US nor will take jobs out of the US.
- House passes the REINS act, giving them veto power over any rules enacted by any federal agency or department. For example, if FDA or EPA bans a drug or pesticide, Congress can overrule it.