It has been exactly 11 days since Donald Trump high on vitriol and hate slithered into the White House and he has wasted no time doing the devils work. I won't say I am surprised as he didn't exactly keep it a secret that he is a vile bigot but I suppose the sheer volume of assholery in such a short period of time has been...overwhelming.
I am angry, sad, fearful, anxious and again angry at the actions of this fascist. On top of all of that, I have also been feeling helpless and that is the worst feeling of all. To feel like the world is changing into some horrifying nightmare and there is nothing that I, with my two small hands can do. Well helpless doesn't work for me so I have looked at the ways that I, a UK citizen can be a thorn in the side of Hitler 2.0.
Let our leaders know that Trump isn't an option
Did anyone else feel the bile rising when Theresa May was doing best friend with Mr Trump? All that smiling and simpering felt like an endorsement from the UK and that doesn't sit right with me. Come election time, I will be making my voice heard. The next local election is in May 2017 and the next general election is in May 2020.
If you can't wait that long, get in touch with your local MP and voice your concerns. You can reach your MP by phone, letter or via email. Find out who they are and get their contact details here. I will be getting in touch. My lone voice will not have any clout but can you imagine the impact of thousands of letters/emails to MPs all over the country with the same message? They can only ignore us for so long.
All petitions with 10,000+ signatures have to be debated by parliament. This doesn't necessarily mean you'll get your way but it most definitely will start a conversation. The petition to prevent Donald Trump from making a state visit has garnered over 1,500000 signatures and will be debated on the 20th February. The petition has been covered by major news outlets here and in the US. Theresa May will probably still let Trump roll through but at the very least he knows he is not welcome and parliament knows their constituents are unhappy.
People always debate the effectiveness of protest but it is one of the few ways that everyday citizens can get their voices heard. When we turn out in large numbers to let the powers that be know that things have to change, they have to pay attention. Government may still choose to ignore the will of the people but I would rather the history books said, they protested and were ignored than they sat at home and hoped for the best.
Let your £s do the talking
For the next four years, the US will not see my behind. Any company that endorses or supports Trump will not see penny one from me. I'm looking at you New Balance, Uber and Walmart AKA Asda. You can find a complete list of all the companies that have links to Trump here.
Be vigilant to what is going on in your backyard
The thing with Trump is there is so much spectacle that it overshadows everything. It's easy to get caught up and miss what is going on right here in the UK. Lets not forget that we still have Brexit to deal with, Theresa 'the appeaser' May and rising Islamophobia and xenophobia. Our response to the Syrian refugee crisis is also far from exemplary.
We need to pay attention and hold our government accountable. 'Not as bad as Trump' can not be the benchmark we use to judge our governments policies.