Eleven Four

Donald Trump must be removed from the presidency.

  • He is too emotionally unstable to be safe with the nuclear codes.
  • He is too cognitively impaired to administrate effectively.
  • He demonstrates consistent indifference to the suffering of others.
  • When it comes to Russia, there’s probably a fire if there’s this much smoke.

These truths impact us all and we can’t rely on our leaders to take a stand without massive, sustained public pressure in the form of ongoing protests.

Starting November 4, we must show Congress, Trump, and the world that we are the veto-proof majority!


About me:

Who are you?

My name is Tae Phoenix. I’m an activist artist and I live in Seattle. You can click here for my bio.

What is your point of view

My “identity politics*” look like this:

Axis Advantages Complicating Factors
Race Light Skinned Latina
Class Intergenerational wealth
Gender Cis-passing Femme
Religion Jewish
Sexuality Straight-passing Queer
Physical Ability I can walk, talk, hear, and see Multiple chronic, life-threatening health conditions
Mental Capacities High IQ Multiple, chronic, life-threatening mental health challenges
Family Happily Married Raised in a dysfunctional home

And my political compass looks like this:

Why are you doing this?

As a Jewish child, I grew up with stories of the Holocaust. I always promised myself that if something like that ever happened again, I would stand against it from day one. While every historical event is unique, there are enough parallels between what’s happening now and the way the Holocaust began that I would rather be safe than sorry.

About the protests:

Do you really think you can succeed in removing Trump and Pence from power?

A historical analysis of political movements over the past century indicates that sustained, nonviolent protest of the kind we are organizing are the most effective way to remove bad leaders from power.

The group that’s organizing the November 4 protests is called Refuse Fascism. Is Trump fascist?

Based on a study of seven fascist regimes (including the Nazis), Lawrence Britt listed the warning signs of fascism. This list was on display at the United States Holocaust Museum at one point. The warning signs are:

  1. Powerful and continuing nationalism
  2. Disdain for human rights
  3. Identification of enemies as a unifying cause
  4. Supremacy of the military
  5. Rampant sexism
  6. Controlled mass media
  7. Obsession with national security
  8. Religion and government intertwined
  9. Corporate power protected
  10. Labor power suppressed
  11. Disdain for intellectuals and the arts
  12. Obsession with crime and punishment
  13. Rampant cronyism and corruption
  14. Fraudulent elections

I encourage you to make up your own mind about whether or not these warning signs are present in the United States and whether Trump has made them better or worse.

What do you think the most likely outcome will be?

The current line of succession looks like this:

  1. Vice President (Mike Pence)
  2. Speaker of the House (Paul Ryan)
  3. President Pro Tempore of the Senate (Orrin Hatch)
  4. Secretary of State (Rex Tillerson)

Here are the factors in play:

  • Is Trump removed because he is incompetent (via the 25th Amendment) or is he impeached?
  • How far down the line of succession do impeachable offenses with regards to Russia go?
  • Which party controls the House of Representatives at a time when Trump and Pence are removed simultaneously?
  • Does Gorsuch (Trump’s Supreme Court appointee) recuse himself from ruling on cases involving Trump’s legitimacy?

Given these complications – and given Trump’s unpredictable behavior – I won’t hazard a guess about which outcome is most likely. What I do know is that any scenario that gives us a President more capable of behaving in an adult manner is better than what we have now.

What is your ideal outcome?

I can’t speak for everyone organizing these protests, but my in my personal dream world we would get Trump and Pence removed simultaneously on Russia-related charges before the new year. Paul Ryan would opt to stay in the House to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest around Russia. This would result in a short-term Orrin Hatch administration followed by a Supreme Court-ordered new election in which all states are required to strike unconstitutional voter suppression laws from the books and use voter-verified paper ballots. Obviously, this is unlikely.

I’m a Republican / conservative / moderate Democrat. Is there room for me at this event?

Yes. Coalitions do not require everyone to have the exact same political belief system. For context, my grandfather was a staunch, lifelong Republican. I know many conservatives who share my ultimate goal of peace and prosperity for everyone. Our disagreement is about the means, not the ends. If you believe that Trump needs to be removed from office and you’re not a white supremacist, you are welcome at this protest.

I’m black/brown. Why should I risk my neck if we’re just going to return to business as usual, which wasn’t working for me either?

I really have no business telling my darker-skinned friends what they should or should not do. The only thing I can do is continue to show up alongside you and stand for our collective liberation* from all forms of oppression, both in the fight against Trump and in the longer-term. I hope you’ll participate in these protests because we need you.

I’m a working class white man. Why should I join a bunch of ivory tower liberals who constantly harp on about my white male privilege and have never done the kind of work I do?

Intersectionality* teaches us that you can be privileged in some ways and marginalized in others, and that all systems of oppression prop each other up. You have white male privilege and your anger over the economic and social class oppression you’ve been subjected to is valid and justified. I may be an ivory tower liberal, but I see you. You matter. I want peace and prosperity for you and your family as much as I do for myself and everyone else.

Will I be safe at this protest?

The last Refuse Fascism protest I attended was counter-protested by some white supremacists who became unruly at one point, but they were vastly outnumbered. The more people that show up, the better we can take care of ourselves and each other. If you’re concerned for your safety, I recommend bringing some friends you trust to behave ethically.

Isn’t Refuse Fascism just an arm of the Revolutionary Communist Party?

While there are many members of the RCP involved in organizing November 4, not all of us are part of that movement. I am personally skeptical of some aspects of the RCP’s leadership. However, when it comes to the need for mass protests to prevent the United States from becoming fascist, I am 100% on the same page with them.

If you want to learn more about Refuse Fascism, you can check out their about page.

I got to this page via an ad. Who paid for it?

One of my projects is a subvertising collective called Resistance Air. We were responsible for the “We Outnumber Him! Resist!” banner that flew over New York on Inauguration Day. The campaign to promote ongoing protests to remove Trump and Pence from office is one of our projects.

*A note about identity politics

In some of these answers, I am using the language of intersectionality. Intersectionality is a way of looking at history and modern society that acknowledges that each person has a unique combination of identities, and that these identities result in advantages and hardships that impact both our access to opportunity and our ability to take advantage of it. It also teaches us that all systems of oppression are mutually reinforcing. For more on intersectionality, click here


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