Anti-Trump Movement Grows in Urgency to 'Push Back Against Hate'
David Smith - The Guardian
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March 16, 2016

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Chicago was just the beginning. Millions of Americans are ready to form a grassroots movement against Donald Trump, activists say, determined to challenge the politics of prejudice and show there is now more at stake than the White House.

“There was a deer in the headlights quality in the country at the rise of Donald Trump over the past year,” said Ben Wikler, Washington director of the civil society group MoveOn.org. “That’s now over.”

An election campaign that has transgressed the normal boundaries of party politics demands a commensurate response in the eyes of many. Even as the Republican party flounders and the media remains transfixed, there are signs that activists, students and ordinary citizens are ready to mobilise against Trump, who won another series of states in the Republican primaries on Tuesday.

Wikler continued: “It’s rapidly coalescing. The conversations are starting within movements and between movements across the country. People are having conversations about how they can connect. What’s clear is that there is an incredible hunger to push back against hate.”

From the moment he launched his campaign by claiming that Mexico is sending criminals and rapists across the border, Trump has been an object of incredulity, ridicule and fear among liberal progressives. He has called for foreign Muslims to be banned from entering the US, advocated the use of torture and encouraged violence at rallies with remarks such as “Maybe he should have been roughed up” and “I’d like to punch him in the face.”

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