“I really hope that’s the beginning of piercing through whatever barriers are stopping them from making the right decision for our humans, our bodies, our planet, our people, our animals, our life, our air, our water, over profits and business as usual.”
Rosario Dawson, actress, on the Standing Rock protests and the 2016 presidential election, Indian Country Today Media Network, August 12, 2016
In the judiciary branch, Trump’s election is less a disaster, more a setback. It’s certainly disappointing for those who hoped to establish a new coalition on the Supreme Court that could safeguard and advance liberal perspectives on constitutional and legal readings, but certain rights and laws upheld by this court are unlikely to be overturned.
There are many in this country who are shell-shocked, angry, aghast, and, yes, afraid of what the future holds in this moment. This nation stands on the precipice of great, unknown challenges, and the specter of the impending Trump presidency looms over all of us.
But as I watch in disappointment and pain and anger as a man I find to be impossibly unqualified for president sweeps the electoral map, I have steeled myself to this commitment:
I shall not be afraid of this man. I shall endure.
“This is not normal. This is not politics as usual. This is disgraceful. It is intolerable. And it doesn’t matter what party you belong to- Democrat, Republican, independent- no woman deserves to be treated this way. None of us deserves this kind of abuse.”
Michelle Obama, first lady, delivers a blistering attack on Donald Trump after sexual assault allegations emerge against him. CNN, October 14, 2016