Trump has brought us together

Scientists and science enthusiasts carry placards as they participate in the March for Sciences in Amsterdam on April 22, 2017. — ROBIN UTRECHT/AFP/Getty Images

For a man sitting on a paltry 41 percent favorability rating at the 100-day mark, Donald Trump has done a splendid job of uniting the country.

Against himself.

Scientists, grandmothers, rich and poor, musicians, doctors, academics, tradesmen, peacemakers and warmongers, people who have never picked up a protest sign formed community groups, marched on Washington and are gearing up for the mid-term elections. The Resistance has put a new spin on the Serenity Prayer: We will change the things we cannot accept.

But Resistance has also come from unlikely sources.

Just last week the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library was out with a timely and pointed list of Carter’s accomplishments in his first 100 days. Popularity, 62 percent — got that Donald?

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary has stepped up its reporting on the #WordOfTheDay, a play-by-play of Trump bloopers. Words like ambiguous, flack, factoid, presidential, nonnuclear, armada, oblivious, dog whistle politics, hyperbole, misogyny, de-operationalized, nepotism, filibuster, witch-hunt and complicit. Each is inevitably followed by a lengthy discussion on crucial things such as, Can you call Trump’s administration interminable yet?

“Good morning! The #WordOfTheDay is . . . not ‘unpresidented‘. We don’t enter that word. That’s a new one,” said a December tweet, referring to Trump’s incorrect spelling of unprecedented. “’Fascism‘ is still our #1 lookup,” it reported in late 2016.

 The Internet Archive, the world’s largest digitized public library, is moving a copy of its archive to Canada to meet the demands of the Resistance. Just to be safe, it says. Part of the site includes the Wayback Machine, which preserves old websites, allowing researchers to access pages deleted by politicians and others. The End of Term Archive keeps all information that was previously in a particular administration’s website — in the event that something like the site gets accidentally deleted under a new administration.

The best example of this could be a 2001 Mike Pence campaign statement — supposedly no longer available — in which Pence said, “Congress should oppose any effort to recognize homosexuals as a ‘discrete and insular minority’ entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and ethnic minorities. Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.” Whoops, Mr. Vice President, guess that’s still available after all.

In Lancaster, Pa., outrage over Trump’s immigration policies pushed members of the Mennonite Church over the edge. Normally members shun politics, now it’s turned them into activists. “For me, with this particular president, it felt like I just can’t be silent,” said Mennonite Mary Beth Martin. She helped others produce a large banner that runs across the front of a church sign. In two-foot block letters it reads, “Immigrants and Refugees Welcome.” A few miles away in Harrisburg, another church erected a sign saying, “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor,” written in English, Spanish and Arabic. The signs have caught on elsewhere and are sold on Amazon for $18 in 1-, 2-, and 10-packs.

Even the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site has a Resistance. “Herbert Hoover, son of a blacksmith, orphaned by 9, became a multimillionaire through hard work. (No loan from Dad),” it declared in January.

Alternative Herbert Hoover folks have similar conspirators in many government agencies, including the National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy and even the U.S. Department of Agriculture. You’ll find snark, warnings and rabble rousing on the following Twitter accounts. For something different, check out the hot and dry humor of the folks at Mordor National Park. Bowling Green National Park, home of the Bowling Green Memorial has a site for “when it actually happens.”

Alt BigBend NatlPark Alt BigBend NatlPark @AltBigBendNP
The semi-resistance from Big Bend National Park. pro-Park, pro-environment, but still Texan. Just try to get by and pick your battles. Parks are worth our fight

Alt-San Juan Isle NP Alt-San Juan Isle NP @AltSanJuanIsNP
Not affiliated with San Juan Island National Park. You will not see Russia from the Front Porch, but in American Camp your cell phone says you’re in Canada.

Bowling Green NPS Bowling Green NPS @BowlingGreenNPS
Home of the Bowling Green Massacre Memorial and national park- as soon as it actually happens!

Rogue EPA Staff Rogue EPA Staff @RogueEPAstaff
Resisting efforts to take the science out of EPA. Climate action “scumbags.”

AltNPSZion AltNPSZion @alt_nps_zion
The unofficial #resist team of Zion National Park. Not taxpayer funded. Our work includes education, archiving scientific data, networking. Join us.

altNIST altNIST @alt_NIST
Unofficial account supporting the mission of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Not authorized by NIST, no government resources used. #Science

Discover EPA Discover EPA @Disco_EPA
One of the first acts of the newly formed Environmental Protection Agency was to send photographers to document the country. Discover an America before the EPA.

AltBiscayneNPS AltBiscayneNPS @AltBiscayneNPS
An unofficial group of employees, scientists, and activists in and around Biscayne national park. We will try and keep you informed when others can’t.

AltNPSAlaskaRegion AltNPSAlaskaRegion @AltNPSAlaska
The Unofficial #Resistance team of the U.S. NPS Alaska Region. As civil servants we don’t serve this Administration, we serve the American People. #Science

Alt US National Park Service- Unofficial #Resistance movement. Climate change is scientific & exists. No drilling in National Parks.

Alternative HEHO Alternative HEHO @AltHooverNPS
The #Resist account for the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, run by a rogue AI program (but a nice one; not evil like SKYNET).

Yosemite Sam Yosemite Sam @YosemiteUprisin
#Yosemite is a beautiful place. This account is dedicated to protecting it against the powers that be. #NationalParks #AlternativeFactAreScary

AltEPARegion9 AltEPARegion9 @EPAFacts_R9
Spreading information about protecting human health and the environment, only in our free time. In no way representing the actual U.S. EPA. #resist

Alt National Parks Alt National Parks @aItnps
Environmental Protectionist. It’s time for us to #resist. Come and see what’s out here. *not a NPS employee*

The alternate, unofficially unoffical USFWS here to educate and push for science, progress, and reason.

viralCDC viralCDC @viralCDC
The unofficial “Resistance” page of the CDC. Follow for evidence-based vaccine and public health info. Actual facts, not alternative facts.

Rogue NOAA Rogue NOAA @RogueNOAA
Research on our climate, oceans, and marine resources should be subject to peer [not political] review. *Not an official NOAA account*

Resistance_NASA Resistance_NASA @ResistanceNASA
We are a #Resist sect of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Not an official NASA channel.

The unofficial #resistance team of the US Arctic Research Commission. Tweeting about Arctic research, science and policy. Not taxpayer subsidized.

Mordor National Park Mordor National Park @MordorNPS
Account of Mordor, a barren wasteland riddled with fire ash and dust, where the very air you breathe is a poisonous fume. Fiercely official, proudly resistant.

AltYellowstoneNatPar AltYellowstoneNatPar @AltYelloNatPark
An unofficial group of employees scientists and activists, in and around Yellowstone national park. We will try and keep you informed, when others can’t.

AltForestService AltForestService @AltForestServ
The unofficial, and unsanctioned, #Resistance team for the U.S. Forest Service. Not an official Forest Service account, not publicly funded, citizen run.

AltFDA AltFDA @alt_fda
Not FDA but close enough we can micro swab them.

Rogue NASA Rogue NASA @RogueNASA
The unofficial “Resistance” team of NASA. Not an official NASA account. Not managed by gov’t employees. Come for the facts, stay for the snark.

Alternative HHS Alternative HHS @AltHHS
The official unaffiliated resistance account by concerned scientists for humanity.

GlacierNPS GlacierNPS @GlacierNPSAlt
The alternative Twitter site for Glacier National Park.

AltLassenVolcanicNP AltLassenVolcanicNP @AltLassenNPS
The Unofficial “Resistance” team. Within peaceful mountain forests you will find hissing fumaroles and boiling mud pots and people ready to fight for science.

EPA Climate Center EPA Climate Center @EPAcIimatectr
EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership serves as a resource for groups looking for climate change truthiness under Cheetolini. RT/follows = whatever

AltUSFWSRefuge AltUSFWSRefuge @AltUSFWSRefuge
The Alt U.S. Fish Wildlife Service (AltUSFWSRefuge) is dedicated to the conservation, protection and enhancement of fish, wildlife and plants and their habitat.

AltEPA AltEPA  @ActualEPAFacts
Leading members of The #Resistance toward a better world. we believe that #factsmatter & that to #resist is critical. #WeAreAltGov #AltGov #Solidarity

AltUSDA AltUSDA @altusda
Resisting the censorship of facts and science. Truth wins in the end. #NoUSDABlackout : 

🏔AltMountRainier 🏔  🏔AltMountRainier 🏔 @AltMtRainier
#Resistance Team focused on fact based reporting and analysis. The mountain is out & tweeting! #NPS#Science #Climate #Facts #Politics #News

Alternative CDC Alternative CDC @Alt_CDC
Unofficial unaffiliated resistance account by concerned scientists for humanity.

AltOlympicNPS AltOlympicNPS @olympicRogueNPS
Unofficial resistance account created for the Olympic National Park to protect what’s important. Not tax payer funded.

Alternative NOAA Alternative NOAA @altNOAA
The Unofficial “Resistance” team of the NOAA. Account not tax payer subsidized. The NOAA studies the oceans, and the atmosphere to understand our planet. #MASA

Definitely the DOE Definitely the DOE @realUSDOE
Formerly in charge of building the new energy economy. Reducing nuclear dangers & environmental risks etc. Now we get paid to cheer at press conferences.


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