Donald trump is the biggest popular-vote loser in history to ever call himself President. In spite of the fact that he has no mandate, he will attempt to use his Congressional majority to reshape America in his own racist, authoritarian, and corrupt image. If we are going to stop this, we must stand indivisibly opposed to trump and the Members of Congress who would do his bidding. Together, we have the power to resist — and we have the power to win.
We know this because we’ve seen it before. The authors of this guide are former Congressional staffers who witnessed the rise of the Tea Party. They saw these activists take on a popular President Obama with a mandate for change and a supermajority in Congress. We witnessed them organize locally and convince their own members of Congress to reject President Obama’s agenda. Their ideas were wrong, cruel and tinged with racism— and many times, they won.
We believe that protecting our values, our neighbors and ourselves will require mounting a similar resistance to the trump agenda — but a resistance built on the values of inclusion, tolerance and fairness. trump is not popular. He does not have a mandate. He does not have large Congressional majorities. If a small minority in the Tea Party could stop President Obama, then we--the majority--can stop a petty tyrant named trump.
To this end, the Indivisible Guide offers a step-by-step guide for individuals, groups and organizations looking to replicate the Tea Party’s success in getting Congress to listen to a small, vocal, dedicated group of constituents. The Guide is intended to be equally useful for stiffening Democratic spines and weakening pro-trump Republican resolve.
We believe that the next four years depend on Americans across the country standing indivisible against the trump agenda. We believe that buying into false promises or accepting partial concessions will only further empower trump to victimize us and our friends and neighbors. We hope that this Guide will serve to provide those who share that belief with useful tools to make Congress listen.