I want to go and protest Trump’s visit to Ypsilanti on Wednesday, but I don’t have a good idea for a sign. The best I’ve been able to come up with so far is the image above, which I just cobbled together using whatever rudimentary tools I could find online, but I doubt that it’ll still be relevant in two days. I suspect, by the time the President’s plane lands, about 41 hours from now, we’ll already be two memes away from Kellyanne Conway and her suggestion that Obama may have spied on trump through a microwave. But, you never know. As this is her first real time in the spotlight since she broke the news about the nonexistent massacre in Bowling Green, maybe she’ll double down and keep it alive a few more days. Just in case she doesn’t, though, I’m thinking that I should play it safe and go with something more timeless, like a “grab ’em by the pussy” reference. As “Ypsi” and “pussy” rhyme, I’m sure I could come up with something, right? Or, better yet, maybe I could reference Representative Steve King’s reprehensible tweet from yesterday about how, “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies,” which, by the way, just earned some high praise from white supremacist David Duke, who, as you may recall, also said “We did it,” when Trump was elected. I’d have to give it some thought, but maybe it would suffice say, “Somebody else’s babies built this country.” Or, I suppose, I could just focus on the fact that Trump is apparently coming here to Ypsi to make good on his campaign promise to completely fuck the environment, and thereby the future of humanity, by announcing the complete rollback of fuel efficiency standards put in place by the Obama administration. I’m not sure how I would word it, but maybe I could work in a reference to the recent lawsuit on behalf of 21 children which argues that government climate policy is denying them their constitutional right to life, liberty and property. Or, I guess, I could go historic with it and use a photo of Rosie the Riveter with some words about how we don’t exactly appreciate fascists here, in the arsenal of democracy. Or maybe I could just got for the gut and write “Мудак,” which, as I understand it, is “asshole” in Russian… Damn, there’s a lot to consider.
As for Trump’s visit, here’s the White House itinerary as it was relayed to me.
Guidance for President Trump’s Air Force One Arrival in ROMULUS, MICHIGAN
Who: President Donald J. Trump
What: President Donald J. Trump Air Force One Arrival
Where: Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport | Gate 27
When: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 12:45 PM EST
Guidance for President Trump’s Remarks in YPSILANTI, MICHIGAN
Who: President Donald J. Trump
What: President Donald J. Trump Remarks
Where: American Center for Mobility
When: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM EST
It doesn’t make much sense to me that he’d fly into Detroit Metro and then drive to Willow Run, instead of just flying directly into Willow Run, as Obama and other Presidents have done in the past, but maybe Trump’s the kind of guy who takes pleasure in shutting down multiple airports and highways, ruining the days of countless people… If I had to guess, I’d say that the White House is wrong, and that he’s flying directly into Willow Run, which means that he likely won’t see any of us with our signs. Still, though, I think it’s important that people turn out and let him know, even if he just hears about it on the news later, that his presence here isn’t appreciated. So, with that in mind, I’ve been looking at maps of the Willow Run airport, wondering where it might make sense to set up a protest. If you have any thoughts, let me know.
And, yes, if you were wondering, this is how the world ends, with anti-science global climate change deniers rolling back the meager goals we’d already set, essentially saying to future generations, “We, the old white men who run this country, are going to make as much money as we can in what’s left of our lifetimes, and we don’t give a single fuck about the world we’re leaving to you.” [See the lawsuit noted above.]
OK, here are a few simple ideas for signs. If you’ve got ideas of your own let me know. We can workshop them in the comments section.