To help wade through the morass of articles online about what is and isn’t happening in the Trump administration, we’ll be doing a weekly roundup of the most useful articles we’ve read this week. Our aim is to find ones that point out some of the alarming trends being pushed forward, the lesser heard arguments being made, and arm everyone with the information they need more than ever right now.
Four arguments in defense of Donald Trump’s Travel Ban
BBC World Service
The BBC is by no means condoning the travel ban, but these arguments are incredibly useful to understand so as not to be blindsided by people who think it is a good idea.
It takes a closer look at the options on the table including impeachment, the 25th amendment, and yes, an actual coup. Terrifying, but useful.
Admittedly this is the alarmist view of the Trump administration that reads into the travel ban and the elevation of Steve Bannon to the National Security Council as the beginning of a coup against democracy the likes of which we’ve never seen. Think of this past week as the raptors testing the fences in Jurassic Park – they’re looking for signs of weakness. Don’t believe everything it says, but do keep it in the back of your mind.
The Washington Post
This recounting of Chavez’s rise and rule offers an interesting perspective how to prevent Americans from repeating history. Spoiler alert: There’s no easy way out of this mess.
The New York Times
This article brings up some interesting outcomes of Americans’ use of social media to vocalize our dissent. In particular, how the media attention the protests received are yet another way to ruffle Trump’s feathers and deny him the attention and audience he feeds off of.
Audi’s Equal Pay Super Bowl Ad
Audi’s facing a lot of criticism for talking about equal pay during the Super Bowl, but it’s putting its money where it’s mouth is and declaring that women’s rights matters.
The New Yorker
Discusses what it means to work under the Trump administration and the cost of standing up for what’s right.
A brief but bold and necessary look at who’s really running things, and how scary that really is.
Created by former Congressional staffers, they lay out how they watched the grassroots Tea Party derail President Obama’s agenda, and how to utilize that same approach against Trump.
This looks at Tomi Lahren and her favorite childish insult of calling non-Trumper’s “snowflakes” in the most savage, and hilarious way possible.
Budweiser’s Immigration Super Bowl Ad
Budweiser is arguing that this wasn’t meant as a slap at Trump, but coming on the heels of his immigration ban, it’s hard to see it as anything but.
Vox and USA Today have teamed up with Seftel Productions to create a series of videos of what it’s really like being a Muslim. It aims at pointing out, breaking down, and explaining stereotypes around the Islamic faith. In the wake of the recent travel bans, these are more important than ever.
How are journalists going to cover Trump? By doing their job and treating the U.S. like any other country that actively opposes the media.
The article is calling out the alt-left movement that’s actively looking to attack Trump supporters outside of the law. It’s important to remember that how you fight back matters, and extremism of any kind cannot be tolerated.
The Guardian is working hard to eliminate the “red and blue feeds” with their weekly column featuring well-written and argued Conservative articles that show the other side. It’s highly worth a read, and perhaps even following some of these outlets on Facebook. Staying in our bubbles lost us the election, it’s time to figure out what the other half thinks too.