Becky Bond and Zack Exley, authors of Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything, discuss the base of anti-Trump mass organizing needed to sweep the elections in 2018.
In the week since the election, political pundits and everyone who didnt vote for Donald Trump have been trying to wrap their heads around how he emerged victorious as president-elect.
Are the 60 million Americans who voted for Trump as ignorant, racist, and misogynistic as he proved to be during his campaign? Are they so disenchanted with the political establishment that they chose a con artist over a flawed but objectively more qualified candidate whose very name is synonymous with that establishment?
Of the many complicated factors that motivated the electorate, theres evidence that the anti-establishment movement was a big one. We knew this when Bernie Sanders, an anti-establishment politician with very little name recognition, came close to beating Hillary Clinton during the primaries.
Early on, many progressive millennials admitted they preferred Sanders to Clinton. Now, that same demographic–joined by older supporters of both Sanders and Clintonare marching to protest Trumps election in cities across the country and calling for a political revolution.
They were marching down Manhattans Fifth Avenue on Tuesday when Becky Bond and Zack Exley, who spearheaded the grassroots volunteering efforts that helped Sanders surge ahead in the primaries, were at Civic Hall promoting their book, Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything.