On January 20, I stood in front of a crowd at the MLK Memorial in Washington to warn our fellow Young Democrats of an existential crisis. We knew the new president and his administration were coming for immigrants. We knew he would provoke China and Mexico by starting trade wars. We knew he'd get the government to build a wasteful and unnecessary monument to his ego; a physical avatar of his xenophobia. We knew he'd go after Muslims, Latinos, women, and that he even had designs for the Black and LGBT communities. We knew he did not care for the Constitution he swore to uphold that day and that his party would let him rip it to shreds to meet their ends.
We did not believe we'd get from inauguration to constitutional crisis in twelve days.
Luckily, there is hope. The very next day, 6,500 South Carolinians marched in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, and Clemson to defend women's rights and stand against him. They joined more than three million people across the country and another quarter million around the world in the largest one-day protest in American history. This was followed by two protests Sunday at GSP International Airport in Greer and at the State House in Columbia against the arbitrary, overbroad, and unconstitutional travel ban targeting Muslims in seven Middle Eastern countries. This was followed by a larger State House demonstration just last night.
Senate offices in Washington, Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Spartanburg, and Rock Hill have been slammed with your comments. Jaime Harrison has even volunteered to send your comments straight to Sens. Graham and Scott's DC offices when he goes there tomorrow. You can email your comments here.
Make no mistake: what is coming out of the White House are the beginnings of a fascist administration. Keep fighting anyway. Fight for your rights. Fight for what you believe in. Still, fight.
Bryanta Maxwell is President of the Young Democrats of South Carolina.