Sunday 19 November 2017

Democrats dig in for guerrilla war as resistance to Trump hardens

Senate Democratic Leader Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Picture: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Senate Democratic Leader Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Picture: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Dan Balz

Less than two weeks into the presidency of Donald Trump, the centre ground, to the extent it still existed, has collapsed. Mr Trump's presidency has done more than polarise the United States, it has established terms of battle likely to persist indefinitely.

The abrupt firing of acting Attorney General Sally Yates, after she announced that the Justice Department would not defend the administration's immigration ban in court, crystallised all that had occurred since Mr Trump took the oath on January 20. The coming fight over his Supreme Court nominee will be fiercer than before. The snowballing impact of his presidency continues at an unprecedented pace.

Mr Trump vowed to shake up Washington, shake up the federal bureaucracy and shake up the country. He is doing just that. But he has found, perhaps not to his surprise, that there is resistance on every front, resistance that is organic and widespread and that is having a cumulative effect. It can be seen almost everywhere: in the streets, in the bureaucracy he oversees, in parts of corporate America, among US allies around the world and especially across social media, the most important organising platform of our time.

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